Not Fade Away: Top 10 High Top Fades in NBA History

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Not Fade Away: Top 10 High Top Fades in NBA History

Teams in the NBA are big on wearing throwback uniforms, but one player has opted for some throwback hair. Brandon Jennings has revived the high top fade, unveiling his new 'do earlier this month against the Nets.

In the mid-eighties, the high top fade was introduced through hip-hop culture. Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. & Rakim, Third Bass, De La Soul, the "urban flattop" was popping up everywhere.

The late eighties and early nineties saw a boom of the hairstyle popularized by the likes of Kid 'n Play, and Will Smith aka the Fresh Prince.

Many variations of the high top fade started to emerge with names like the "Gumby" and the "Reagan" accented by shapes, "parts" and "steps" for added flair.

The popularity of the high top fade played a major role in killing off the jheri curl. The style later gave way to dreads, cornrows, and the simple fade in the late-nineties.

The look infiltrated the sports world thanks to athletes such as Gary Sheffield in baseball and Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard.

Nowhere, however, was the cut more popular than in the NBA.

Let's have a look at the best high top fades the NBA has offered up throughout the past.

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