12:54 pm, June 28th, 2012
As we approach the NBA Draft—and you get sick of all the stories and time we’re devoting to it—one rehashed question is: who will look the most ridiculous when he crosses the stage to shake David Stern’s hand? Let’s not focus on that: let’s instead turn our attention to guys who
weren’t a complete disaster in a suit. Because looking dapper is a must for draftees, and looking the most dapper is how to win draft night.
With that, we take a look back at the getups of some prominent NBA players when their names were called by the NBA commish.
The elder sir of the group, Jason Kidd leads us off with the all-white suite from 1994 draft. Kidd didn't have to worry about getting his suit dirty; the guard out of Cal went second overall.
"The Truth" walked across the stage in this beigish three-piece pinstripe suit in 1998. Pierce soon traded it in for Cetlic green, a color he has worn his entire career.
The 7-foot-1 center from Dominguez high school was selected second overall by the Clippers in 2001. You can't teach size, or swag, which Chandler exuded with this beige-on-beige combo.
After dominating the paint at UConn, Okafor went second overall to the Bobcats, becomg the franchise's first ever draft selection. And yes, he looked damn good doing it.
Harris went fifth overall in 2004 to Washington, before being traded to Dallas. A point guard out of Wisconsin, Harris repped his Badger red on his tie and pocket square.
Nick Collison (whose Thunder tenure, of course, dates back to the Sonics days) gave us this simple yet suave look back in the 2004 draft.
D-Will went third overall to the Jazz in the 2005 draft. A bold black pinstripe suit with an orange tie, homage to his alma mater Illinois, made up Williams' draft day outfit.
Belinelli gave us some Italian flare at number 18 in 2007 with this all black outfit.
Afflalo went 27th overall to the Pistons in '07, and wore this grey-on-grey getup, complete with a black pocket square. Plain and simple; the guy looks sharp.
Michael Beasley can be described in terms of BB and AB; before braids and after braids. When the K-State forward was taken second overall by the Heat in 2008, he wore this purple tie, a testament to his fashion sense.
Kevin Love went fifth overall in 2008, and has since endeared himself to Timberwolves fans and the rest of the NBA's brass. He got off on the right foot wearing this simple yet classy black pinstripe suit when he shook hands with David Stern.
Chalmers, who had a successful career at Kansas, started out his NBA career with a bang, wearing a grey suite-white shirt outfit to the draft in 2008. Highlights of this outfit include the pocket square. We appreciate the attention to detail.
When the electric 6-foot-10 Oklahoma forward was the lottery prize in 2009, he gave the NBA of taste of his boldness, wearing a purple shirt and purple pocket square. Big dunks, big fashion sense, big winner.
Another Jayhawk, Aldrich continued Kansas' tradition of well-dressed draft picks in 2010 when he rocked a lilac shirt dapper checkered tie when he went 11th overall to the Hornets. Keep it classy, Kansas.
Kemba Walker certainly had a noticeable college career at UConn, and was certainly noticed at the draft, wearing this stylish blue suit when the Bobcats took him 9th overall in last year's draft. Cardiac Kemba looked more like charisma Kemba or cool-kid Kemba... ok, we'll stop trying so hard now.
h/t Wayne Lam