In the NBA, it’s pretty safe to say that most–if not all–of the players are highly competitive. After all, you play to win the game. It can also be noted that NBA players pride themselves on being very stylish on the court. From the colorful shoes and socks, to the decorative headbands and other accessories, players do want to look good as they play to win. That same combination of competitiveness and trend-setting style can be seen off the court.
The league’s trendy fashion sense can be attributed partly to former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who implemented the player dress code in 2005. Since that dress code was enforced, we’ve seen a more ‘GQ’-ish brand of off-court attire (nothing like the jeans, tall-tees and Du-rags that came before); with tailored suits, custom suit coats, slacks, colorful ties, designer sweaters and shoes to boot.
The athletes really bring their personalities into their wardrobes. My guess is that they dress to impress, as well as to compete (as they’re used to doing) for ‘best-dressed’.
Take a look at the photo gallery, featuring some of the NBA’s best-dressed players, and decide who’s your “Fashion MVP”.
(**SPOILER ALERT**… Be on the lookout for the ever-controversial man-bag.)
‘King James’ in the classic black and white.
LeBron keepin’ it grown and sexy…Salute.
They call him one of the Best-Dressed men in New York…
…Can you see why?
The Black Mamba Ladies and Gents.
Kobe and his VERY beautiful wife, Vanessa. (What’s incomparable style without someone to share it with?)
Whether you call him Chris Paul or mistake him for his “twin”,Cliff Paul…they still delivers the style to all.
Get at him!
“I’m cool like dat…I’m cool like dat?”- Digable Planets
Way(s) of Wade
D-Wade…or more fittingly…Flash!
Kevin Garnett showing off the veteran suit game on the red carpet at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.
KG rockin’ the “college professor” look…very studious.
Too cool KG!
Steve Nash stylin’ his way into the arena. (don’t try to hide that man-bag Steve, we see it!)
No, you da man, Nashy!
Nice Combo, Melo!
Swagger for ’em one time Mr. Anthony.
Whether you hate or love KD’s “styling audacity” (I came up with that)…you gotta give it up when it works.
See what I mean…give it up!
Chris Bosh keeping it casual…but it works.
Mr. Bosh with the stylish Double-Brested suit coat, with the classic pocket square (life isn’t always black and white…sometimes it’s gray.)