With the NBA playoffs in full swing, the pregame shots of players entering the arena and post-game press conferences are much more prevalent. These are unique opportunities to view the players outside of their natural habitat, the court, and get a peak at their sense of style. While there is a league mandated dress code that calls for business casual dress, many players still choose to ignore it and take the resulting fine. Regardless, it’s a welcome change from oversized t-shirts and gaudy jewelry that dominated only a decade ago. Of course even instituting a dress code doesn’t eliminate all laughable attempts at style (it should probably ban denim vests) or ensure proper fit, but here are some of the best dressed players in the league.
One can only assume Kobe absorbed some excellent fashion sense while spending part of his youth in Italy. Simple and clean with a proper fit, you get the sense he’s ready to go to work. The briefcase is a welcome break from the awful designer shoe bags many players seem to favor now which more often than not resemble a woman’s clutch.
Love or hate the Heat, there’s no arguing that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are two of the best dressed players in the league. I think it’s safe to say that very few players would be willing to pull off a pastel look replete with salmon jacket, white pants and light purple cardigan.
James Harden is one of the other few players likely willing to pull off a pastel jacket. While his style tends to border more on Pacific Northwest hipster, you have to respect this look he wore to collect the 6th Man of the Year award. Extra points for the bow tie, too. The beard and mohawk do make him look a little like Mr. T, a very dapper Mr. T. (By the way, did anyone catch teammate Russell Westbrook wearing quite possibly the most go-to-hell polo ever after Game 1?)
While his post-game rage decision-making might not be the greatest, at least his post-game clothing decision-making is. He’s been known to rock a bow tie from time to time as well.
Chris Paul is usually spot on with his suits and there’s no arguing that he knows that sometimes the best accessory isn’t a thing at all.