NBA: Andrei Kirilenko and the NBA's Worst Tattoos

Jeff HansenContributor IMay 10, 2011

NBA: Andrei Kirilenko and the NBA's Worst Tattoos

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 12:  Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 12, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, Use
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    Even though the NBA requires each player to wear a team uniform, it hasn't stopped players from expressing themselves in different ways. From Dennis Rodman's crazy hair that often changed, to the arm sleeves that many NBA players wear today, NBA players express themselves in many different ways. 

    For years, Andrei Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz has been known for his outlandish (and often ugly) hairstyles. But unlike many NBA players, AK-47 has been tattoo-free for the duration of his career. But Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo sports introduced the world to Kirilenko's new tattoo.

    In light of Kirilenko's catastrophe, I have compiled a list of the NBA's worst tattoos.  

10. Luke Walton

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12:  Luke Walton #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks back at the bench as  Andrew Bynum #17 sits on the floor after an injury during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on April 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, Californ
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    I don't know if Luke Walton has any other tattoos, but if they look like the one on his right shoulder then he needs to look into a discount tattoo removal service. 

    The tattoo is supposed to be a tribute to the Grateful Dead and Walton and his three brothers, but it looks like an old Native American artifact. The four stick figures are terrible. 

9. DeShawn Stevenson

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    Now someone correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't DeShawn Stevenson wear No. 92 in Dallas? Uh oh...

8. Carlos Boozer

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    CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 17: Derrick Rose #1 and Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls return to the court after a time-out against the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center on February 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Spurs 109-99. NO
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    As a Jazz fan, I tried to figure out what the silhouette of a man represented on Carlos Boozer's right shoulder. The only thing that kept me from going absolutely crazy was looking at the tattoo of the basketball on his left shoulder. It kind of looks like a basketball and rose mixed together. 

    If anyone knows what the tattoo of the man is, please leave a comment and let me know!

7. Deron Williams

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 12:  Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz reacts after their 90-86 win over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 12, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or usi
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    Early in Deron William's career he had a tattoo on his right arm that looked like a black panther or lizard or something. In what would appear to be an effort to cover up the bad tattoo, Williams tattooed a big black blob on his arm. Talk about improvement, eh?

    To be fair, the tattoo looks like it could be a dragon and up close it could look cool. But when you are watching him on the basketball court, it looks like a big black square. 

6. Derrick Rose

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 06:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls waits during free throws against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Phillips Arena on May 6, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER:
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    Derrick Rose is one of the most entertaining players in the NBA. His stuff on the floor is magical. Do you think that it's possible that his magical talent is actually coming from the wizard on his left shoulder?

    Rose's "Poohdini" wizard tattoo is about the only part of his game that hasn't been fun to see this year. 

5. Stephon Marbury

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:  Stephon Marbury of the Boston Celtics attends Game Two of the 2009 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic at Staples Center on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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    This one might be cheating a little bit because Stephon Marbury is no longer in the league. But the "Star 3" tattoo on the side of Starbury's head is terrible. 

    Marbury has a number of tattoos, many of which could make the list, but because he's not in the league, we don't see them because he doesn't wear a uniform anymore. But even with the retirement shirt and tie, there is no hiding the disaster on Marbury's head. 

4. DeShawn Stevenson (again)

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    I hate to put one player on this list twice, but can you blame me? There are a couple of things I don't like about the Abraham Lincoln tattoo on Stevenson's neck. 

    1) Abraham Lincoln.

    2) Why only five dollars? Why not at least a 20-spot?

    I guess Stevenson got sick of the adam's apple and wanted a Lincoln's apple. (I'll be here all night if you want to hear more cheesy jokes.)

3. Kenyon Martin

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    SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 30:  Kenyon Martin #4 of the Denver Nuggets stands on the court during their game against the Utah Jazz in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at EnergySolutions Arena on April 30, 2010 in Salt
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    Kenyon Martin has a couple of tattoos that I contemplated putting on the list, but ultimately, the lips on his neck take the cake. But hey, everyone wants some lips on their neck, I guess.

2. Andrei Kirilenko

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    Here it is, Andrei Kirilenko's new tattoo. It's quite a big step for a first tattoo. Kirilenko should have definitely thought twice about before agreeing to become the dragon back. Gross. 

1. Chris Andersen

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 23:  Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center on March 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Spurs 115-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    Uh, I don't think I'm going to even explain this one.

    Congratulations, Chris Andersen, you have the worst tattoos in the NBA. 

The Rest

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  A tatoo on the arm of #8 Deron Williams of the Nets is pictured during the NBA match between New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena on March 4, 2011 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledge
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    There are about a million tattoos that could have been on this list. Let me know who I left off and what you think.