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2014 NBA Draft Suits: Grades for the Best and Worst Draft-Day Attire

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2014 NBA Draft Suits: Grades for the Best and Worst Draft-Day Attire
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You only get to make a first impression once.

At Thursday night's NBA draft, we got our very first glimpse of potential future superstars like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Marcus Smart as professional basketball players.

How we perceive them will hinge greatly on how they chose to present themselves—specifically, how they chose to dress themselves.

A wise man probably once said, “A man is only as great as his finest suit.” So on draft night, which hopeful young athletes achieved greatness? Who walked on stage and immediately captured the hearts of millions without ever needing to set foot on an NBA court? Who left us praying that we'd never have to see them in formal wear again?

In many ways, a great suit is just like a great basketball player.

It’s bold. It stands out in a crowd. It’s aggressively unique but impressively classy. It’s unforgettable for all the right reasons. And most importantly, it just looks good.

The grades I offer will reward creativity but punish tackiness. They will celebrate the subtle while scoffing at the dull.

Indeed, the field of Suit Analysis is a controversial one—disagree as you may, but understand that my critical eye for fashion is a product of extensive experience, dedication and hard work.

And so, to all the anxious stars at the Barclays Center: Welcome to the NBA, gentlemen. I hope you dressed the part.

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