Second-Round NBA Playoff Team Swag Rankings

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2013

Second-Round NBA Playoff Team Swag Rankings

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    This year's NBA playoffs features a ton of players showing off their sense of style, gushing confidence and just being cool dudes in general.

    Nate Robinson has given us a reason to question why we can never be half as happy as he is about the most menial things, while postgame press conferences have been full of tasteful suits and crazy new outfits in similar amounts.

    Of course, we've had plenty of bad as well.

    Whether it be James Harden wearing a cringe-inducing denim shirt, LeBron James' garden of a sweatshirt or every moment from JaVale McGee that had our jaws dropping for the wrong reasons, we're going through a very up-and-down postseason, at least in terms of NBA players showing off how cool they can be.

    This year has been an interesting one, with teams going in considerably different directions, and I'm not just talking about on the court.

    A ton of what teams are about is reflected in how they act, dress and are perceived off the court, and some teams are getting that message across better than others.

    For some, the message doesn't really matter, but for others it's helping them ride a wave of success into the second round of the playoffs.

8. Chicago Bulls

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    The Chicago Bulls are a team with a broken superstar, a limping Defensive Player of the Year candidate and more illnesses going around than in an overcrowded preschool.

    While they somehow survived the first round of the playoffs while simultaneously chugging DayQuil, there's something about them that just seems like it should be avoided.

    They're collectively continuing to slog through the winter while the rest of the league has emerged into springtime.

    The Bulls as a team look rough, feel rough and play rough, and that's not likely to change in the coming days.

    It's as if they're from the earlier NBA days, not giving a damn about what anybody else thinks. They're just playing basketball.

7. Indiana Pacers

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    After a series against the Atlanta Hawks that was nothing more than an embarrassment to playoff basketball, the Indiana Pacers seem to have a bit of a scuff on their lapel and a lot of work to do to shake it off.

    While they match up well with the New York Knicks on the court, there's a bit of a deviation between the two when it comes to the stylistic part of the game and in the way the public perceives them.

    Indiana is a basketball team through and through, but it does lack that outwardly confident, wholeheartedly and hilariously cocky player that most other teams remaining have.

    Paul George is a budding superstar, David West is a frightening beast of a man, Roy Hibbert is a giant goofball, and the rest of the team fills roles. It doesn't have a trendsetter, an off-court leader or anybody taking over Twitter feeds because of a postgame press conference.

6. Memphis Grizzlies

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    One of the most startling revelations over the past few seasons is the fact that Zach Randolph can wear the hell out of a suit.

    His seemingly out-of-nowhere sense of style, with Mike Conley helping out a bit along the way, is making up for the fact that Marc Gasol looks like he spends his downtime in the Canadian wilderness chopping down trees with a butter knife (not that there's anything wrong with that).

    Collectively, they're a bunch of hard-knuckled misfits who have somehow come together with a pretty decent chance of taking down the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round, but they're doing it without the style and confidence of past championship teams.

    There's no cockiness, and very little to talk about in terms of who's wearing what with this team, but they're an incredibly fun bunch to watch play basketball.

5. San Antonio Spurs

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    Between Tim Duncan's calm, collected attitude toward everything and Tony Parker living his life as an international basketball-playing French rapper, there's a lot more to say about these San Antonio Spurs than there would have been a few years back.

    These Spurs aren't cocky (and as long as Gregg Popovich is there, they likely never will be), but they ooze confidence and even some style.

    Of course, whatever style they may be oozing is going to be hidden behind Tim Duncan's giant pants.

    Plus there was something about them signing Tracy McGrady and spitting in the face of the notion that he brings bad luck to good teams. If San Antonio goes on to win the West, I'm putting the credit solely on Gregg Popovich's badass stare-down into the eyes of silly superstition and bringing in T-Mac to right some previous basketball wrongs.

4. New York Knicks

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    Carmelo Anthony is sticking to his guns and rocking a fedora until the bitter end, which is kind of exemplary of the Knicks this season, isn't it?

    With the way Anthony plays, refusing to believe that anybody can actually stop him from positively impacting a game, the way he refuses to believe that his hats are starting to look ridiculous shouldn't be that surprising.

    In fact, he's starting to turn me. I'm getting to the point where I'm actually digging Anthony's hats and everything about them, just like his game.

    Plus, it doesn't hurt that the rest of the Knicks are a bunch of New York-based dudes who know what their style is and aren't afraid to stick with it. Just ask J.R. Smith and his baggy leather pants and tuxedo jacket.

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: The minute that Kevin Durant wore that jacket is the minute that he realized that he had to take over the Oklahoma City Thunder if they had any chance of keeping Twitter's attention throughout the playoffs.

    Oh, yeah. And I suppose he realized that he was going to have to be the reason for the Thunder winning games as well, or something like that.

    That jacket could pull any ridiculous outfit of his together and make me rethink my stance. Just as his insane scoring ability without Russell Westbrook has made us all realize what an amazing scorer Durant is, that jacket reminded us just how cool Durant can be.

    Something about the guys on this Thunder team just makes it seem as if they're going to win games regardless of who they miss. From Durant all the way down to Hasheem Thabeet, they all seem to be confident that they can positively impact a game (even though one of those two guys totally can't).

2. Miami Heat

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    C'mon guys, they're the reigning champions and some of the most fashionable guys in the NBA. Of course the Miami Heat were going to be near the top of this list.

    LeBron James is easily one of the best-dressed NBA players of all time when he's not trying to be too outlandish, and Dwyane Wade does a great job of upping their hipster cred, something that you need in today's NBA.

    Meanwhile, they've got irrational confidence exploding out of every single pore on Mario Chalmers' body, and natural, downplayed confidence coming from Ray Allen and Shane Battier.

    Plus there's Norris Cole's flat top, which remains the best flat top in the NBA despite Iman Shumpert's attempts to simply make his taller.

1. Golden State Warriors

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    The only team that could step up and knock the Miami Heat from the top spot is the team that is walking around with so much confidence today that they could easily rack up 120 points against any team at any point throughout the playoffs.

    Stephen Curry might be the most confident player in the playoffs not named LeBron James. Of course, Jarrett Jack is pulling up right behind him with the belief that any shot he takes is going to not only fall, but net his team at least six points.

    While these Warriors may find themselves in line for a big surprise against a Spurs team that is quite a bit better than the Denver Nuggets, there's no way they're going to back down.

    And something tells me that we'll see plenty of stylish Stephen Curry, and Harrison Barnes looking like the most dapper rookie in the NBA, as the series rolls along.