The night of the NBA Draft is the biggest night of the lives of many young players. The newly drafted players await their next team and the opportunity to shake hands with commissioner David Stern. Therefore, players dress up to the nines to look their best, or so they think.
Throughout the years of the publicized, televised NBA Draft, there have been many sharp dressed players. Conversely, there have been outfits that have ranged from simply bad to outright horror shows. That is who we celebrate with the 20 worst looks ever on draft night.
I get it. Davis was gong for the "white tie" look. It's not bad. For the purposes of this list, Davis could have done far worse. He keeps it together though the tie isn't the sharpest item.
Young, the Wizards 2007 1st round pick, had the upper half working but black pants wreck what is otherwise a stylish look.
Thomas a good thing going with the suit, but why the purple sweater? Why? The suit already worked by itself. The suit keeps himself further down the list, but Thomas would not have made the cut if he lost the sweater.
Howard appropriately decked himself out in Orlando Magic blue, knowing he was headed their as the first overall pick in 2004.
What he could and/or should have avoided was the square board pattern that turned his suit from something class into something that looks like it would made from a couch.
The seemingly ageless Eric Dampier shook hands as the 10th overall pick in the 1996 Draft with a simply ugly all red jacket. The high collar could be seen as a precedent for Bobby Jackson.
LeBron James is now a walking fashion statement, but he wasn't when he showed up to shake David Stern's hand n 2003. The white/pink all over suit just doesn't work for a guy who can do so, so much better.
The jacket was simply stated, but the tie is a disaster than lands Nash on this list. Not to mention that he looks like a 13-year-old going to Sunday church.
I get what Samaki Walker was going for when he showed up for the 1996 Draft. But the suit already looks too big for him and the hat, though a statement, looks small for his head.
Maurice Taylor, the 14th overall pick in the 1997 Draft, could cause color chips in your television and computer monitors to burst with this gaudy number.
Ronnie Brewer picked the right color to go with the team that selected him 14th overall in the 2006 Draft (Utah), but the suit is one of the gaudiest statements out there. The metallic blue with the gold accessories. Yikes.
Bobby Jackson stepped to the podium at the 1997 Draft wearing something that looks like a cross between a Michael Jackson costume and an 18th century overcoat. His shirt also looks like it's bordering on an ascot. That can't fly with new millionaires.
This was the biggest night of Drew Gooden's life to that point. It's too bad the 4th overall pick in the 2000 Draft showed up looking like an undertaker.
The stamp says it all for the Pistons' first round pick in 2009. The jacket itself is not too bad, but the cotton candy-colored sweater and accessories simply does not work.
Thabeet, like Daye, went with the screaming light blue. The shiny suit that looks like something you wrap your chicken with before putting it in the oven doesn't help either.
Olajuwon shook hands with David Stern as the top pick in the 1984 Draft looking like he was about to take his order or serve as Stern's butler.
Joakim Noah already looked like a clown with that hairdo, but the combination of the suit and the enormous bow tie truly made him look like he arrived from the circus.
I don't even know what to say about this shirt, but congrats Larry Johnson, you showed up to the 1991 Draft in one of the ugliest shirts I've ever seen.
Person (center), the 4th overall pick of the Pacers in 1986, looks like he's somewhere between a cruise ship piano player or a caterer at a wedding.
Karl Malone's outfit for the 1985 Draft became the stuff of legends. The wide coat, high tight pants and cut off tie looked more like a costume than a serious outfit.
What else can be said about this suit? It's just plain hideous. Rose has never shied away from flaunting his sense of style, but this number he wore for the 1994 Draft isn't worth boasting. The red pinstriped suit and the tie i wouldn't turn into wallpaper is just an ugly tandem.