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LeBron James Tops GQ's List of 2013's Most Stylish Athletes

Jun 9, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James addresses the media after game two of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat won 103-84. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 20, 2013

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. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17:  NBA player LeBron James accepts award for Best Male Athlete onstage at The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for ESPY)
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You can see the entire breakdown at the official webpage, but the top five follow below: 

  1. LeBron James
  2. Victor Cruz 
  3. Henrik Lundqvist
  4. Tyson Chandler 
  5. Jenson Button 

Tom Brady, Roger Federer, Matt Kemp, Dwyane Wade and Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras round out a stylish top 10. 

Sep 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; David Beckham in attendance at the match between Rafael Nadal (ESP) and Novak Djokovic (SRB) in the men's singles final on day fifteen of the 2013 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: R
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

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. 

Jun 12, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook during the post game press conference after game one in the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-94. Mandatory Credit: Mar
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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."

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 29:  Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to someone in the crowd during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledge
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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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