NBA Rankings: The Top 25 Players Accessories in History
Throughout the history of the NBA, we have seen a variety of player accessories.
Sometimes, these accessories make tough athletes look like dorks. Suddenly, stars appear as complete freaks.
However, these professionals should be credited for not being distracted by having to wear goggles or masks on their face.
Accessories such as headbands provide some style on the court. Other times, players definitely need a lesson in fashion.
Whether it is by tattoos or hairstyles, NBA players have the best chance to express their individuality compared to other sports.
In the NHL and NFL, players are basically covered from head to toe and are restricted from appearing unique.
Here are the top 25 player accessories in NBA history.
25. Zydrunas Ilgauskas
He looks like a very scary Russian from a James Bond video game. Hopefully, the center gave advice to teammates who would later have to wear a mask.
24. Alonzo Mourning
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In 1998, Miami Heat big man Alonzo Mourning needed some protection for his face.
All of the battles that he had with the New York Knicks may have led to the need for a mask.
It is amazing how much better masks look 10 years later. He could not be happy to wear it.
23. Chris "Birdman" Andersen
The Denver Nuggets' big man is easily recognizable on the basketball court.
Whether it is his hair or colorful tattoos, players know who it is when Chris Andersen is blocking them.
By the way, does anyone think "The Birdman" celebrates a little too much on mediocre blocks?
22. Drew Gooden
Drew Gooden will be remembered for his beards more than his actual performance in NBA.
Gooden may have started the trend of very large goatees among sports figures.
Previously his facial hair was a bit more clean, but the one featured is here is ridiculous.
21. John Stockton
The Hall-of-Fame point guard was very talented in dishing out the ball to Karl Malone. However, John Stockton needed a lesson or two in acceptable basketball fashion.
Stockton was about 10 years late with the height of his shorts. However, it is really hard to hate on him since he may be the greatest point guard in NBA history.
Is he doing a fist pump, a weird stretch, or a crazy dance in this picture?
20. Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams only played 18 games in the NBA, but in that time he picked out a Batman-like mask to wear in 1998.
I wonder why Alonzo Mourning did not choose the black mask.
19. Hakeem Olajuwon
The kneepads in this picture are also worth mentioning.
The eyewear most likely did not affect his signature move, the "Dream Shake."
18. Harold Pressley
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It looks like former Sacramento King player Harold Pressley forgot to remove the rest of his mummy costume.
The Kings jersey is pretty awesome though.
Pressley was a first-round pick in the 1986, but he did not have a very long career in the NBA.
17. Amare Stoudemire
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Amare Stoudemire's glasses/goggles with the New York Knicks look much better than his old purple ones with the Phoenix Suns.
16. Ben Wallace
He does not really compare with some of the other players who wore goggles consistently, but he gets some points for style.
Ben Wallace is better known for sporting a different accessory.
15. Ben Wallace II
The former NBA defensive-player was an absolute beast for a few years.
Ben Wallace showed off his strength by being the first player to wear headbands, not wristbands, around his arms.
His Afro is also worth mentioning.
Has anybody else pulled off this look?
14. Chuck Taylors
In an attempt to win the basketball shoe market, Converse created the "All Star" shoe in 1908.
Players such as Dr. J, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird all sported Converse shoes. For the majority of NBA history, it was the most popular shoe and it can still be purchased today.
By the year 2000, 750 million pairs were sold.
13. LeBron James
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In January of 2005, LeBron James was forced to wear a protective face mask.
James pulls off the look pretty well, much better than his teammate "Big Z."
The only reason he ranks so high on this list is because of popularity.
12. Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman was one of the greatest players at rebounding the basketball in the NBA.
He won titles with both the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls.
He quickly became maybe the craziest athlete to ever play in the NBA.
Really, what was he thinking sometimes? What would a conversation between him and John Stockton be like?
11. Bo Outlaw
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Bo Outlaw may have been the guy that instructed Amare Stoudemire to wear the protective eyewear when they were teammates on the Phoenix Suns.
Outlaw was very good defensive player for several years in the NBA.
10. Allen Iverson
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Allen Iverson starting wearing an armband after injuring his elbow. It started a new trend in the NBA.
Stars such as Carmelo Anthony also started sporting the armband.
In this picture, the accessory features a patch dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Virginia Tech shooting.
It was a very nice gesture made by Iverson, who grew up in Newport News, Va.
9. Bill Laimbeer
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In tough battles with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, Laimbeer suffered broken noses on numerous occasions.
In this picture, he seems fine with wearing and is almost pointing to his opponent like, "you are the next one to have a broken nose."
8. James Worthy
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James Worthy is the first of the Los Angeles Lakers trio to be mentioned on the list.
Worthy won a NCAA Championship with Michael Jordan and North Carolina.
Then he was lucky enough win multiple NBA titles by playing with Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Los Angeles Lakers.
7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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The second member and greatest player of the Los Angeles Lakers trio who wore goggles is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
- Most points ever scored in the NBA with 38,387
- Six NBA titles
- NCAA Player of the Year
- Six MVP Awards
6. Kurt Rambis
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Kurt Rambis definitely had the coolest glasses on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Another member of this list, Bill Laimbeer, is an assistant coach for Rambis.
Last season, Minnesota held Kurt Rambis Night, where they gave out similar-looking glasses.
5. Dee Brown
Dee Brown made the Reebok Pump shoes famous in the 1991 NBA All-Star Dunk Contest.
His "no-look dunk" won him the contest. In 12 seasons, he played for the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and Orlando Magic.
4. Horace Grant
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When asked what NBA players wore goggles, Horace Grant may be the first name that pops up.
Horace also had an identical brother named Harvey Grant, who also played in the NBA. However, Horace was a much better all-around player.
3. George Mikan
George Mikan is arguably the first and greatest basketball player to wear glasses.
The center played in the NBL, BAA, and NBA. He led the Minneapolis Lakers to six championships.
Some say he is the NBA's first true superstar.
2. Wilt Chamberlain and The Headband
Wilt Chamberlain and Donald Earl Watts were the first basketball players to ever consistently wear a headband. A fashion that was once criticized is now very common in the NBA.
Watts, who spent most of his career in Seattle, did not wear the headband as a fashion statement, but instead to prevent sweat from dripping into his eyes.
After trying to create one with tape, Watts saw Chamberlain wearing one and decided to buy a headband.
Clifford Robinson was also well known for wearing a headband and often got laughed at for wearing it.
Wilt Chamberlain, maybe the greatest player in NBA history, started the popular basketball trend of wearing headbands.
1. Richard Hamilton
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Richard Hamilton was not the first NBA player to wear the mask, but he will forever be associated with the protective headgear unlike any other player.
Hamilton fractured his nose three times in the 2003-2004 season. That same season the Detroit Pistons went on to win the NBA Finals.
He has worn the mask for the last seven years and will continue to for the rest of his career.