NBA Style Awards: Kevin Durant's Backpack, Dwyane Wade's Suits and More

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJune 9, 2011

NBA Style Awards: Kevin Durant's Backpack, Dwyane Wade's Suits and More

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    MIAMI - JULY 09:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat talks during a press conference after a welcome party at American Airlines Arena on July 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    Welcome, folks, to the 2011 NBA Style Awards!

    I, Joseph Fafinski, am going to assume the position of host tonight.

    Within the following slides I will take you on a journey to find the best of this season's style and swagger alike, whether they be from the likes of Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and all your favorite NBA superstars.

    With that in mind, let's get it started!


    By the way, you should totally follow me on Twitter at @JosephFafinski.

Loudest Suit

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 23:  Reporter Craig Sager at the NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Heat defeated the Suns 95-83.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree
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    And the Winner is...Craig Sager!


    In a stunning landslide, Craig Sager takes the cake with this category—and when you look at the dynamics it's not even close.

    Sager memorably wore a pink suit during the 2010 Western Conference Finals and followed it up with a repeat performance with the above suit.

    If only Don Cherry was a basketball announcer, then we'd have a better duel than Kobe-LeBron.

    But alas, Sager came to the show wearing one of his patented suits—and this one was lime green.

Dumbest Press Conference Accessory

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 23:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder addresses the media after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Thunder 112-105 in overtime in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City
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    And the winner is...Kevin Durant's backpack!


    While everyone loves Kevin Durant (and really, we at Bleacher Report have no idea how to rip on the kid other than this), he's got to ditch that backpack, especially because we now know its' contents.

    Oh wait, you don't? Let me refresh your memory.

    When asked, Durant noted that there was "an iPad, a Bible, headphones and a cell phone charger."

    Dang it, Kevin, this is probably the only negative award you'll ever receive and don't tell us there isn't a Kobe jersey or at least dirty magazines in there! Sheesh.

    When accepting the award, Durant noted that it was God who helped him earn this award and, after hearing the cheers, I knew I immediately regretted wishing there was a Playboy or a No. 8 Lakers jersey.

Worst Impression of a Lounge Singer

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    DALLAS, TX - JUNE 04:  Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks answers questions from the press at a media avaiablity session prior to Game 3 of the 2011 NBA Finals at the American Airlines Center on June 4, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User exp
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    And the winner is...Dirk Nowitzki!


    Take a look at what Dirk Nowitzki is doing in this picture.

    He basically is grasping the microphone and placing it as close to his lips as possible.

    Doesn't he realize other people use it?

    After accepting this award, Dirk noted that he would like to thank Hanson as his singing inspiration.

    You can't make these things up, guys.

Best Bow Tie

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    And the winner is...Kobe Bryant!


    I just am at a loss of words for this. 

    Kobe Bryant does it again—and in a landslide.

Most Improved Style

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  NBA Kevin Love arrives to the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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    And the winner is...Kevin Love!


    Kevin Love had a spectacular season on the court, averaging better than 20 points and 15 rebounds per game in 73 contests.

    But Love's greatest accomplishment?

    Pulling off the blue suit/gold tie combination, no doubt.

    When asked about it, Love noted that, "I do what I gotta do."

    Spoken like a true star.

Best Performance by a Foursome

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  NBA players Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen arrive to the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Im
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    And the winner is...Boston's Big Four?


    With the importance of Rajon Rondo to the Boston Celtics' franchise, I think it's now safe to call this group the "Big Four."

    With their All-Star game performance off the field, they scoop up this very sought-after reward.

    In Celtic fashion, they all share a teary-eyed press conference in which Rondo attributes the award to his whole team, and with a fling of the wrists he tosses it to Kevin Garnett, who in turn defends the award and doesn't let anyone, not even wife Brandi, touch the trophy.

    Ray Allen then steals it and jumps up into that pretty motion as if he were about to shoot the bronze like it was a league-size Spalding. Paul Pierce freaks out and pounces on Allen, then gives that glare that we all are so frightened about.

Best Dressed

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    And the winner is...Dwyane Wade!


    In a battle of South Beach's finest, Dwyane Wade takes home the trophy over teammate LeBron James.

    Wade has long been one of the league's top players and what exactly is there to hate about him?

    After much deliberation, I can come up with nothing. He's got a Shaq-patented nickname, an NBA Finals MVP and ring, and more accolades to follow in the coming years. You certainly cannot tell me that the way he dresses is negative, either. It just isn't.

    Which brings me to his style. Dwyane Wade defines NBA style. 

    That's about all you can say since he's the clear-cut winner here.

Best Threepeat on the Court

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    ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 17:  NBA All-Star Dwight Howard (L) steps behind the camera at an Orlando community center to capture kids' game faces for the next adidas commercial on March 17, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Fans can visit
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    And the winner is...Dwight Howard!


    As elated as I would've been to give this to the Los Angeles Lakers for their quest to win three straight titles, they were unfortunately swept at the hands of Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.

    Dwight Howard takes home the trophy for his third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award.

    Dwight, a guy who once tweeted the likes of me, begrudgingly accepts the award, noting that his hands, arms and legs really earned him this merit.

Last but Definitely Not Least...

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    Who's this stylish guy?