LeBron James' impeccable game extends into the realm of sartorial swagger.
A man of King James' ability is used to having subjective praise thrown in his direction: He's the best in his respective sport, a great teammate and a wonderful family man.
GQ magazine would like to add most stylish to that list.
The men's magazine just released its list of 2013's most stylish athletes, a power ranking of panache and sophistication.
You can see the entire breakdown at the official webpage, but the top five follow below:
- LeBron James
- Victor Cruz
- Henrik Lundqvist
- Tyson Chandler
- Jenson Button
Tom Brady, Roger Federer, Matt Kemp, Dwyane Wade and Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras round out a stylish top 10.
As with anything, the list is open to a maelstrom of conjecture and debate. While we stoke that fire, we might as well state that we assume they included Russell Westbrook, the Lady Gaga of the NBA, at No. 12 as a goof.
Still, this is a bountiful selection of normally well-clad gentleman. But we leave it to you to dissect whether the rankings are as fitting as a well-tailored double-breasted suit.
It's interesting to note that James and Beckham, a GQ Hall of Famer, were recently featured in an MLS rumor.
The LA Times' Kevin Baxter brings us up to speed on the latest scuttlebutt surrounding Beckham and James joining forces to bring an MLS franchise to Miami.
James, for his part, offered, "There's some interest in both sides." The Heat star continued, "David has become a good friend of mine over the last few years and I think it would be great for this city to have a football club."
Now the two sports stars are enshrined as stylish legends, James with No. 1 status, and Beckham now considered a GQ style Hall of Famer at the magazine's website. Coincidence? Of course it is, but it's interesting enough to note that if you can afford to buy a sports franchise, chances are you can afford to dress the part as well.
As for the rest of the list, Brady—Mr. Ugg himself—deserves to be higher, and Chandler is well-deserving of his spot, despite the use of a picture of him wearing a vest a size too small for his torso.
We would have also liked to see Kobe Bryant crack the list. While he rehabilitates his Achilles injury, all he has been doing is wearing sweet suits to games.
Take a nice, long look, sports world. There is no excuse to go out there looking like Rob Gronkowski on a bender. Dress the part and you might just crack the list of some of the best-dressed men in the world—and Russell Westbrook.
Seriously, how did he get on this thing?
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