Biggest Bros and Hipsters of 2013 Playoffs

Brendan Bowers@@BowersCLEContributor IIMay 25, 2013

Biggest Bros and Hipsters of 2013 Playoffs

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    Hipsters use their creativity to make bold fashion choices.

    They are not afraid to challenge traditional standards for what's acceptable from a style standpoint.

    NBA hipsters, in many ways, are led by the audaciously fashionable Russell Westbrook.

    The fashion-forward point guard was essentially sidelined for his Oklahoma City Thunder's entire the playoff run; however, so in his place, Dwyane Wade has carried that mantle.  

    Meanwhile, the NBA bros are players with more conservative styles. While they possess the over-the-top confidence necessary to make bold fashion choices, they instead choose to keep it simple.

    This list is highlighting the best of both worlds during the 2013 postseason.

Hipsters: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

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    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade is fearless from a fashion standpoint. 

    His overall style consistently challenges the hipster limits of acceptability.

    From black frame glasses to floral patterns on his windbreaker—and even capri pants—there isn't anything, it seems, that Wade won't wear.

    I've always respected Dwyane for the creativity involved in all that. I'm not sure I could pull off the v-neck sweater he's rocking in the picture above, though.

Bros: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

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    The picture above is of Tim Duncan at All-Star Weekend 2013.

    This was the same weekend where fellow hipsters Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and others re-introduced the all-leather look that Arthur Fonzarelli made famous way back in the day.

    Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs' big man conducted this interview in an orange golf shirt.

    It is a look that Duncan can pull off, of course, because he is an all-time great who is not trying to impress anybody.

    Duncan is just looking to squeeze in a round of golf with his bros at All-Star weekend and has this shirt on in anticipation of a break in the action.

Hipsters: James Harden, Houston Rockets

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    James Harden became the coolest guy in Texas the moment he joined the Houston Rockets.

    This is partially because Harden is the coolest guy wherever he goes. 

    His beard is legendary, and he has the style and swag to match.

    As a leading hipster, Harden has actually inspired others to grow beards similar to his signature look.

    While I can't say with certainty who those people are, I can say that I don't remember anyone else with a beard until Harden made it cool again.

Bros: David Lee, Golden State Warriors

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    David Lee is most comfortable on the conservative side of the fashion ledger.

    I say this, in part, because he appeared thoroughly confused once while posing on Instagram in a Russell Westbrook fishing-lure shirt. 

    This doesn't mean, however, that the Golden State Warriors' All-Star lacks the confidence necessary to style the latest in hipster trends.

    It simply suggests that he'd be more chill going in another direction with his fashion game.  

    On the court, Lee channels that confidence into a belief that he can collect all of the rebounds, wherever they are, even if he's not on the floor when the shot goes up.

Hipsters: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Kevin Durant did his best to carry the load for his injured Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook both on and off the court this postseason. 

    He increased his production across the board from 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists during the regular season to 30.8, nine and 6.3 in the playoffs. 

    At the press conference podium, he also kept the leather gear and black-frame glasses on heavy rotation.

    Durant didn't do as much as he might have with Russell pushing the envelope on a nightly basis, but he certainly held his hipster game down as much as one man possibly can.

Bros: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers

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    Roy Hibbert is an old school, Georgetown Hoyas center.

    Like Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning before him, the Indiana Pacers' big man is a throwback to the John Thompson era of handling your business. 

    He keeps it stylish but also simple at the same time.

    Hibbert is not out in Indiana trying to win a fashion contest. He's just trying to play defense with his bros while blocking every shot that comes along on the rim he's charged with defending.

Hipsters: Mike Miller, Miami Heat

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    Mike Miller may have signed with the Miami Heat for the surfing.

    I would be lying to you guys if I didn't admit this thought crossed my mind initially way back when Miller first teamed up with the Big Three down in South Beach.

    He didn't, of course, but Miller has stayed true to the hipster swag for some time now.

    He hit a big shot just before halftime of Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers as well, which never hurts your cred.

Bros: Shane Battier, Miami Heat

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    Long before joining the Miami Heat, Shane Battier has always been a bro's bro.

    If he's on your team, you love the guy. 

    If he isn't, than you typically accuse Battier of being a dirty player like fellow bro Roy Hibbert did on his Twitter account following Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Despite the beef, though, Battier has a lot in common with Hibbert.

    They'd both rather go business casual on their way into work, it seems, as most bros typically would.