2013 NBA Draft Suits: Grades for the Best and Worst Draft Day Attire

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

2013 NBA Draft Suits: Grades for the Best and Worst Draft Day Attire

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    The NBA is the most stylish league in all of sports. Russell Westbrook? Dwyane Wade? Those cats changed the game. 

    It used to be that the NBA draft was a time when giant kids would come out with suits that were still somehow too big for them, looking all awkward. And if we were really lucky, there would be some standout train wrecks.

    Like Samaki Walker's famous look.

    Or Karl Malone's chopped off tie.

    Or whatever the hell Drew Gooden was encased in.

    Now in my fifth year of grading the draft suits, I honestly think the worst I've seen is Wesley Johnson's sailor look. And even that wasn't that bad.

    But now that the bar has been raised, these young fellas better bring it. With all the style help they have available now, there's no excuse for looking ridiculous.

    Let's see how they did.

No. 1: Anthony Bennett

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    The most surprising No. 1 pick in a long time didn't really do anything surprising with his suit. It's a simple look—no frills—but I think the color palette looks good on him.

    Another thing: He's a heavier guy, but it doesn't really show very much with the way his suit looks, so kudos on that front.

    Grade: B

No. 2: Victor Oladipo

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    I'm automatically docking Oladipo some style points for not wearing his Google Glasses to the stage. But still, the man has a very casual swag about him.

    The grey and purple looks great and the checkerboard pattern is nice. The matching vest is a favorite of mine this year as well.

    Grade: B+

No. 3: Otto Porter Jr.

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    Another simple suit getting us going early on at pick No. 3.

    Porter keeps it simple with the solid grey suit and shirt to go along with the solid tie—fitting, I guess, for a guy many pundits are calling the most solid player at the draft.

    I would have liked to see a little more of that pocket square. Doesn't look great fallen down into his front pocket all that much.

    Grade: B

No. 4: Cody Zeller

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    Cody Zeller looks pretty similar to his brother from last year. The nice, darker shade suits him well.

    Zeller's suit is a lot like his game. It's not flashy by any means, but it's hard to find a lot of flaws in it.

    Grade: B+

No. 5: Alex Len

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    Okay, the one thing I can't take—even worse than a really terrible draft suit—is a boring draft suit. And Alex Len just gave us the most boring one of the draft.

    It's nice that he's wearing the Ukranian flag on the inside of his jacket. But it's just all kind of...there.

    May be foreshadowing of his career. I'm just saying.

    Grade: C-

No. 6: Nerlens Noel

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    Okay, you just knew Nerlens was going to come correct. The man who announced where he was going to college by shaving the logo into his high-top fade definitely has a sense for the moment, as well as a great sense of style.

    Plus he left it up to the fans to choose his suit, so of course he looks great.

    Big Blue Nation wasn't about to steer their man wrong.

    But most of all, Nerlens sewed his Kentucky jersey into his jacket! HIS JERSEY WAS IN HIS JACKET!

    Grade: A+++

No. 7: Ben McLemore

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    Ben McLemore is the lone man with the bow tie in this draft. Normally, I'm not a big bow tie guy, but it's coming more and more back into style, and McLemore isn't playing it as a joke.

    This is a good, clean look with the white shirt underneath.

    Probably a good idea. If you're going with the bow tie, you don't need a lot more going on.

    *Edit: It has come to my attention that McLemore also had his jersey sewed into his jacket. I already gave him an A and I would bump his score up, but he probably stole the idea from Nerlens anyway. It stays.*

    Grade: A

No. 8: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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    I'm pretty lukewarm on Kentavious' suit. I would have liked a lighter color for him, and I didn't really think it all went with the checkerboard shirt underneath.

    However, I think the black tie was a good touch. It just could have all come together a little bit better.

    Grade: B-

No. 9: Trey Burke

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    Loving Trey Burke's look. The suit color is awesome. I'm a huge fan of the Michigan colors. He just looks very well put together.

    This kid is going to be a star, and he's certainly dressed for it.

    Grade: A

No. 10: C.J. McCollum

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    A dude from Lehigh going in the lottery? Man, this draft has been nuts.

    McCollum looks okay. The suit is nice, but the mustard shirt he's wearing is not really flattering with his look.

    The fit is great, but overall it's not my favorite.

    Grade: C+

No. 11: Michael Carter-Williams

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    I really like MCW's suit. The dude looks young normally, but he managed to pick out an outfit that makes him look like a man instead of a guy heading to his senior prom, which likely wasn't easy.

    The powder blue is a baller choice—one you must have some confidence to make. He pulls it off like a pro.

    Grade: A

No. 12: Steven Adams

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    Please don't mistake Steve's tie with Karl Malone's. I actually really like the square tie this time around. It's a very European look, and Adams nails it.

    The guy is built like an NBA player and has a suit that really fits him well. Aside from the fauxhawk, I think he had one of the better looks at the draft.

    Grade: B+

No. 14: Shabazz Muhammad

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    Shabazz tried to pull a Brandon Jennings and come out after he'd been drafted, but it just seems really weird. Stern announces the No. 21 pick and Muhammad slides into the moment.

    He looks pretty fresh, rocking the light grey suit and the pastel tie and pocket square. As much as I'm not really a fan of his, he came correct with his suit tonight.

    Grade: A

No. 15: Giannis Antetokounmpo

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    I'm not even going to try and say this name. Holy cow.

    I believe he is rocking the first different-colored pants of the evening...and I don't hate it. My man hasn't even been outside of Greece until three weeks ago, so I'm impressed that he's handling himself as well as he is.

    Would have liked to see a little more color to go along with the black pants, but what are you gonna do?

    Grade: B-

No. 16: Lucas Nogueira

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    Oh my gosh, watching this guy put a hat on his afro might have been the best moment of the night. How am I supposed to look at his suit after that?

    Okay, it's a little ill-fitting. Probably should have buttoned an extra button to make it look better. But still, that hair. What am I going to do but give him a great grade?


    Grade: A-

No. 18: Shane Larkin

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    Larkin comes out of the crowd—usually a move reserved for foreign players—but he makes up for it by rocking an aqua blue bow tie.

    Yeesh, at least he's making an entrance. The suit looks good and everything, but I can't stop looking at the tie. Not exactly subtle and it really looks a little too gimmicky for my taste.

    Grade: C+

No. 19: Sergey Karasev

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    Sergey becomes the first guy to show up in his dad's suit. Or at least it looks that way.

    Very plain, not much style. Certainly not a suit befitting a guy who just got drafted in the first round of the NBA draft. Not trying to be too hard on him, but definitely not very impressive.

    Grade: C-

No. 21: Gorgui Dieng

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    Gorgui comes out of the crowd as well, rocking a dark, checkered suit with a dark tie.

    I really think some lighter colors would have worked well with Dieng, whether it was in the suit or the tie. Could have changed things up a little bit and would have complemented him well.

    Grade: B-

No. 22: Mason Plumlee

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    Mason Plumlee is dressed like a guy named Mason Plumlee. Like he's heading to his job at an accounting firm.

    The pink tie was also not a great call for him. With that guy, you need some stronger colors.

    Grade: C

No. 26: Andre Roberson

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    We have our first kind-of-strange suit for the evening with Mr. Roberson. Very interesting choice with the white tuxedo-style jacket to go with the black pants and the striped bow tie.

    This just doesn't work for me. I appreciate him trying to go outside the box, but he looks more like he's ready to take your order at a nice restaurant than somebody that just got drafted into the NBA.

    Grade: D+

No. 27: Rudy Gobert

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    I have to give Gobert props for having a good looking suit at 7'2''. He seems lanky, but his suit hides it well.

    There's nothing really flashy about it, which is good, because as Andre Roberson just showed, flashy does not always equal good. This is solid, like I'm sure the Jazz, who traded for him, hopes he will be. 

    Grade: B