Which NBA Playoff Team Has Less Style and Swag, Pacers or Spurs?

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2013

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After the 2012 NBA Finals gave us Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade attempting to one up each other style-wise in every postgame press conference, we could end up with two of the least stylish teams in this year's Finals.

With the San Antonio Spurs already in, we've got one-half of a dream meeting between basketball teams who don't seem to give a damn about anything else besides playing basketball.

All we need to see from here is two more wins from the Indiana Pacers and the only thing on anybody's mind would be basketball, not the weird matching bow ties that Wade and LeBron wore to the press conference.

On one side we would have the Spurs, completely bereft of any kind of coolness off the court, led by a curmudgeon of a coach on the court and one of the dorkiest superstars in the history of organized sports.

On the other side would be the up-and-coming Pacers, a team with a complete sense of togetherness, as not a single one sticks out more than another, at least when we're talking about off-court exploits.

So who takes the cake? That is, who in this potential series, would be the least stylish, lamest, completely anti-every notion you've ever had about basketball players?


Indiana Pacers

Obviously the most important player to talk about in the organization would be Paul George.

The de facto star player of the Pacers, has a certain type of cool on the court that doesn't really translate away from the game. Perhaps he's just not been great long enough, or maybe he just doesn't care about building a "cool" off-court persona.

If he's in a suit during a postgame press conference, it's generally a nice outfit, but never anything too flashy, unless they're covered in amoebas.

Otherwise they've got George Hill, David West and Roy Hibbert as the big faces of their team.

While Hill is probably the most stylish of the bunch, West comes across as a dude who goes to the court, does his job and goes home, while Hibbert is a bit of a goofy guy.

Tyler Hansbrough looks like a stereotypical college frat boy, Ian Mahinmi's hairline is so tight that he looks like a lego man and there's a dude named Miles on their team.

The only player who exhibits any kind of outward desire to be noticed is Lance Stephenson, who's only at that point because of a weird feud between he and LeBron.

They're such a moderately stylish team all the way around that they seem even less so because of their lack of peaks.


San Antonio Spurs

When you talk about the Spurs and style, the most important player to talk about is Tony Parker.

As an international basketball player/rapper/suave dude, he does a ton to bring up the level of style for the Spurs.

He's constantly decked out in a nice tailored suit, and he's the only member of the Spurs who seems to give much of a damn about anything public outside of basketball.

Otherwise they're a team full of goofy players and otherwise invisible men.

Duncan is perpetually the nerdiest player in the NBA, merlin tattoo and all. He's got two NBA MVPs, three NBA Finals MVPS and four NBA Championships, yet he's still looked at as boring.

Elsewhere they have Manu Ginobili and his ever-expanding bald spot, two awkwardly shaped ballers in Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter, Matt Bonner and his New Balance sneakers and Patty Mills, the NBA's leading towel-waver

While they do have history on their side (they've consistently been one of the least interesting teams off the court for the past decade), there is one incident that gives the nod to the Pacers.

Parker was in the tabloids over the summer after being in the middle of a fight between Drake and Chris Brown's respective entourages.

The point guard was injured among a barrage of hurled bottles, scratching the retina of one of his eyes.

That, my friends, is street cred that the Pacers just don't have.

So congratulations to the Pacers, you are officially the least interesting group of guys in the NBA left standing.