7 NBA Ballers Who Have No Swag off of the Court

Denim MillwardContributor IIIJune 28, 2012

7 NBA Ballers Who Have No Swag off of the Court

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    While the NBA is filled with its fair share of machismo-oozing masters of bravado, it also has more than a few players who carry themselves more like members of a high school chess club than professional athletes.

    Whether it be quirky habits, odd style choices or a combination of the two, the following 10 players seem to be either ignorant or apathetic to having any sense of swag. 

Gordon Hayward

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    If you weren't already an NBA fan, would you believe that the skinny babyfaced kid in the picture above gets paid millions of dollars to play basketball against and alongside world class athletes? 

    When off the court and in any sort of formal attire, Hayward looks more like one of the dozens of young Mormon missionaries than he does an NBA baller.

    Further killing any chance at swag Hayward has is his fascination (some would say obsession) with the game Starcraft. Hayward gushes on Twitter about his love of the game and frequently shares the results of his latest tournaments. 

    Nice guy? Yes. Swag? No way.

Ricky Rubio

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    Rubio's wizard-like passing abilities on the court unfortunately do not transition to his swag off the court. Case in point, the above photo. A polo, Ricky? Really? I get made fun of if I wear a polo to work, and I'm not an international icon. 

    Rubio has a bright future ahead of him in the NBA if he can stay healthy, but until he invests some time and effort into swag acquisition, he'll continue to look like the Spanish Harry Potter. 

Russell Westbrook

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    Russell has no shortage of confidence on the court, but that same sense of confidence backfires mightily when Westbrook is at the podium for a press conference. 

    Exhibit A: In the above photo, Westbrook is wearing what appears to be a tablecloth designed for the kids' table that was inexplicably fashioned into a shirt. 

    Oh and by the way, Russell? Sally Jesse Raphael called. She wants her glasses back. 

Joakim Noah

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    Joakim Noah had a lot of potential for maintaining a healthy balance of swag both on and off the court. 

    Tragically, Noah decided to throw it all away on draft night by wearing a suit more fitting of a nerdy high school junior going to his first prom—in 1977. 

    Because of that one decision, Noah's swag card has been permanently revoked. Not even a full arsenal of Giorgio Armani apparel can save him now. 

Jeremy Lin

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    Need I say more?

Landry Fields

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    You're not getting out of this unscathed, Fields. You had a part in this nerd ritual, too. Swag is as foreign to these two as a treadmill was to Oliver Miller. 

Kevin Durant

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    Kevin Durant is by all accounts one the most genuinely humble and kind human beings you'll ever meet. 

    With the reverence his high moral character is spoken of, you'd think Durant was a Bible character. 

    Unfortunately, the Bible is not known for producing a lot of swag candidates. Durant's demeanor serves him well in many facets of life. The arena of swag just doesn't happen to be one of them.