Grading the Tattoo Collection of NBA Superstars

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Grading the Tattoo Collection of NBA Superstars
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Tattoos are certainly prevalent around the NBA.

Very few players are inkless, but some of them are among the best in the league. Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul don't have any tattoos. Neither do Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard.

They are the exceptions. By far.

Out of those that have them, some players have fantastic tattoos, like 90 percent of Chris Andersen's body or Nikola Pekovic's sweet gothic tats.

J.R. Smith and Matt Barnes also have a lot of nice body art. It's always good when it looks like ink is crawling up your neck.

Other players have crappy tattoos, like Richard Jefferson's cartoon "RJ" on his bicep. 

Still other tattoos can be puzzling. Rudy Gay has "NRA" in script on his left hand, but he's not a gun enthusiast. It's a tribute to his grandmother.

And he's far from the only player to pay tribute to lost loved ones by getting themselves inked. Monta Ellis has an elegant and intricate family tree drawn all over his arms and torso.

But what about the superstars' ink? Well, let's grade 'em!

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