25 Most Stylish Players in the NBA

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterJanuary 1, 2011

25 Most Stylish Players in the NBA

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    For whatever reason, NBA players have always been a stylish bunch.

    Whether we're talking the funky fashions of the 1970s or the different ways that today's players choose to spice up the NBA's dress code, basketballers have always seem to be dressed at the height of fashion.

    And make no mistake, there are some pretty dandy fops in today's NBA crop. LeBron James is always looking sharp, as is his teammate Dwyane Wade. Not to be outdone, big guys like Shaq and Amar'e Stoudemire also know how to present themselves.

    So without further adieu, here are the 25 most stylish players in the NBA.

25. Derek Fisher

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    Sure, he flops a lot and his success at this point in his career seems to hinge more on his craftiness than his overall skill. But Derek Fisher is still widely considered to be one of the more respectable players in the NBA.

    And, let's face it, nothing says 'respectable' like a suit. Fisher pulls the ensemble off quite well here.

    As you will see, there are other players in the NBA that are a little more eccentric than Fisher, but his style suits (pun definitely intended) him just fine.

24. Deron Williams

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    You don't hear much about Deron Williams off the court. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that he lives in Utah.

    Or maybe he just really is that low key. That certainly seems to be the look he's going for here, and it works.

23. Kevin Garnett

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    It seems like we see KG in street clothes a little too often these days, but such is life for a player who has trouble staying healthy.

    The good news is that he certainly knows how to present himself. It's tough to pull off a sweater and a tie, but KG makes it look good.

    Now all he needs to do is work on being a little nicer when he's on the court.

22. Steve Nash

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    I don't know about you, but I tend to think that Steve Nash is the most boring superstar player in the NBA.

    And while I will say "you're welcome" in advance for not presenting his infamous GQ pictures on this list, I do think this picture does Mr. Nash's stylish sensibilities proper justice.

    Let's face it, anybody that can pull off a popped collar without looking like a complete tool deserves some respect. It also helps that his collar is more expensive than most.

21. Blake Griffin

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    At long last, a Blake Griffin slide that calls attention to something other than his sick dunks!

    Indeed, Griffin is nasty on the court, but he is apparently pretty snazzy off the court. You gotta love the glasses hanging on the vest. Very subtle badassery, that.

20. Grant Hill

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    You get the sense that Grant Hill is as old as the NBA itself. Heck, I had his poster on my wall when I was eight years old and that's quite possibly my only memory from that age.

    But if this picture is any indication, Hill has been around long enough to know how to look good for the league.

    True, his myriad injuries through the years have probably put him in street clothes more often than we would like. But hey, at least he looks sharp.

19. O.J. Mayo

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    Right off the bat, I too have no idea what that pose is all about. It looks like the photographer told him to think 'Yellow Brick Road' or something of the sort.

    Maybe that has something to do with Mayo's tie.

    Regardless, he pulls it off quite well.

18. Dwight Howard

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    Is there a cooler player in the NBA than Dwight Howard?

    Well, I suppose that depends on who you ask. But I don't think anybody is going to disagree that he's a stylish gent.

    This is a considerable achievement of course, as one suspects there simply aren't as many options available to the 6'11" crowd.

17. Tony Parker

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    If you're going to land a woman like Eva Longoria, you gotta look sharp.

    Ah yes, the obligatory Eva namedrop. She may be gone, but I'm going to go out on a limb by saying that Parker will do just fine as long as he can dress like this and make that face.

16. Shawn Marion

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    OK, enough suits. You don't have to be dressed at the height of men's fashion in order to have style.

    That's where Shawn Marion comes in. That's the kind of shirt that only a professional athlete can get away with and you have to dig the way he accessorizes it with the gold chain and what appears to be a watch with a gold face.

    What is The Matrix? It's a dude who dresses like that.

15. Ron Artest

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    Yet another example of how you don't need a suit in order to have style.

    Say what you will about Artest's unorthodox antics and controversial history, the dude is just plain cool. And you might not be crazy about his side career as a music producer, but at least he looks the part.

14. DeMarcus Cousins

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    Not exactly the best of times for the rookie out of Kentucky up in Sacramento.

    But like Howard, Cousins would appear to be another member of the 6'11" crowd that knows how to dress. The glasses are also a nice touch, but he loses points for copying that from another prolific big man. We'll get to him in a moment.

13. Carmelo Anthony

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    If I saw a guy wearing a cardigan and a big fat chain walking on the street, I'd make it a priority to walk up to him and punch him in the face.

    But once again, NBA players can get away with certain things that the rest of us can't and Melo somehow pulls of the cardigan-chain combination.

    And the fact that he can do so while standing in front of an ad for TAG body spray is simply amazing.

12. Chris Paul

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    Scarf ties are tough. In order to make it work, the wearer requires not only the proper occasion, but also the right kind of swagger.

    Chris Paul definitely has the swagger, and it would appear he has the right occasion in this picture. However, you get the sense that CP3 could show up in this outfit to your Super Bowl party and you wouldn't think twice about it.

11. John Wall

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    Yes sir, those rookies from Kentucky sure know how to impress.

    Like Anthony, John Wall also makes sweaters look good here. But Wall has a distinct advantage over Melo: the tie. Indeed, ties are always a good idea.

    You hear that, Melo? You just got upstaged by a rookie.

10. Derrick Rose

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    I challenge you to look at this picture and not say, "What a badass."

    Take it from me, it's impossible. For one, it's Derrick Rose. And secondly, just look at the ensemble.

    Yeah, Rose is awesome.

9. Amare Stoudemire

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    Here would be the big man that Cousins is ripping off.

    That's right, in today's NBA world, nobody has better glasses than Amar'e Stoudemire. Moreover, the blue suit and checkered tie are pretty sweet (even if the pants are a little wrinkled).

    They have pretty high standards in New York and it looks like that's no trouble for Amar'e.

8. Paul Pierce

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    Depending on who you ask, nothing says "stylish" like a snazzy hat.

    Well, I'm a big fan of hats myself and this is my list, so expect to see plenty of hats as we wind our way down to No. 1.

    We begin with Paul Pierce, who pulls off a rather daring maneuver in this picture. Outside of maybe Mickey Rourke, not many people wear hats on the red carpet and, in fact, I'm pretty sure you need a special badass permit in order to get away with it.

    Suffice it to say that The Truth has that permit.

7. Shaquille O'Neal

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    If it's an NBA list, Shaq must be on it. That's the first law of physics, as well as one of the 10 Commandments and one of the primary amendments in the constitution.

    And yes, I desperately wanted to put a picture of Shaq as Kazaam on this slide, but I figured it just wouldn't be proper.

    But this picture is quite apt. Shaq looks like he's been plucked straight from an old Edward G. Robinson movie.

6. Baron Davis

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    "Quick, I need an outfit that makes me look like a well-to-do Irish geek that's also a slacker!"

    That's what Baron Davis said to the wardrobe technician that came up with this ensemble. Hopefully, Baron gave him or her a good tip.

    Hey, at least that $65 million is getting put to good use.

5. Lamar Odom

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    Lamar Odom has a well-earned reputation as one of the NBA's most versatile players.

    He's also married to a Kardashian and dresses like a color-blind pimp. So yeah, "versatile" is a good word for him.

4. Kobe Bryant

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    I am at a loss for words...

    Oh wait, I remember what I was going to say now: I want one. So do you. Even if you don't know it yet.

3. LeBron James

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    Not suprisingly, LeBron was one of several basketball players that were featured prominently in Forbes' list of the best-dressed athletes.

    I can't say I'm surprised. The dude is just plain cool.

    But I have to ask, where was the scarf tie during "The Decision?" Surely he would not be incurring the wrath of NBA fans everywhere if he'd had the good sense to say he was taking his talents to South Beach in a scarf tie.

2. Dwyane Wade

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    These types of outfits are pretty much par for the course for D-Wade. At some point, he must have got it in his mind that the right look for him was something of a cross between Steve Urkel and James Bond.

    But because he somehow is perpetually able to pull it off, I say more power to him.

1. Gilbert Arenas

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    There are only three words that can adequately describe Gilbert Arenas in this picture:

    Gilbertin' ain't easy.

    Indeed. Congratulations, Gilbert. You are officially the NBA's most stylish player.


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