On October 17, 2005, NBA League invented one new rule that changed a look of the NBA permanently. It was a dress code rule. No more baggy jeans. No more baseball caps. No more gym suits. No more throwback jerseys. No more oversized necklaces. Only the business-casual attire. This rule referred to all NBA and NBDL players. They were expected to wear business cloth while participating in the team and NBA activities. Arrival to the game, the departure from the game, giving interviews, doing promotions and other related events.
This policy caused a storm in the NBA. League’s goal was to improve the image of whole NBA, after the biggest brawl in the NBA history between Pistons and Pacers in 2004. Also, they wanted to distance from its then hip-hop image. There were many opposition arguments and players who were strongly against this rule. In the joke, this rule was called “A.I. rule” by Philadelphia 76ers player Allen Iverson. There were thoughts that this rule is a racist and against hip-hop culture.
Iverson also said one time, “the dress code is not who I am and doesn’t allow me to express myself.” Andre Iguodala also confirmed that “the Answer” wasn’t a fan of this rule. “Allen just wanted to be comfortable. He wasn’t trying to just be a rebel without a cause. He was like, ‘I just want to be comfortable. I just want to go to the game and play basketball.’ He didn’t want to be uptight or feel restricted. “You watched him play and his style was to be able to freelance and move carefree, just be comfortable in his own world. He said, ‘When I do that, I don’t want to be restricted with a tie or collar on my neck.’ “
So almost 11 years after this controversial rule we can’t notice any rebellion against this rule. Nowadays players are dressing business and casual and have their own stylists. We present you top 10 best-dressed and most stylish players in the NBA.
10 – Tony Parker
Tony Parker is an amazing point guard, but he is also amazing off the court. He brings his French fashion taste with him and he became a Tissot brand ambassador. Also, he has been famous for his marriage with Eva Longoria, one of the most attractive actresses in the Hollywood. Although they separated Parker didn’t lose his dressing style.
9 – Carmelo Anthony
Back in 2005, Carmelo Anthony was known for his hip-hop dressing style. He wears hats, chains, XXXL T-shirts, but a decade after he changed his style from the scratch. He is married to a fashionista LaLa Vasquez, American radio and TV personality. He is also a usual guest of New York’s Fashion Week.
8 – Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant will be most remembered for his signing for the Golden State Warriors, but before all of that he was known as one of the best-dressed players in the NBA. GQ, Vanity Fair, and ESPY, all listed him in their top 10 lists of the best-dressed players in the NBA.
7 – Dwight Howard
“The Superman” left the H-Town this summer and signed a heavy contract for the Atlanta Hawks. He made a respectful career, but many NBA fans are agreed that he could reach more. Nevermind, he is also one of the best-dressed players and we have been in the opportunity to watch him often, because he was injured many days in the past years. Now Atlanta got the privilege to watch this dressing style.
6 – James Harden
Dwight Howard‘s former teammate James Harden is one of the fashion and style icons in the recent years. It’s not only because of his clothing. He is most known for his beard. The beard became his trademark. Although he is amazing off the court, he is one of the best on the court. Last season wasn’t so good for the Rockets and James, so we expect better to come from Harden.
5 – Amar’e Stoudemire
One of the players that really loves fashion is Amar’e Stoudemire. He can be seen in many fashion events in the New York. If you look his site, you will find a fashion section on it. Also, he has his line designed with the Rachel Roy. He is also one of the NBA players that sat beside Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
4 – Chris Paul
One of the best point-guard in the NBA, Chris Paul, is also a very stylish. He has been spotted dressing very nicely and in 2012 he was voted as a best-dressed player by his teammates. Also, Vanity Fair listed him in their best-dressed player’s list in 2013.
3 – LeBron James
LeBron James is one of the biggest world sports figures, not only in the NBA. He has been tracked since his high-school days and always has been in the spotlight. He has no affairs in his career which is for big respect. As his popularity raised over the years, so did his style. He appeared on the Vogue cover in 2008 with Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen. Also, he has been listed many times as one of the best-dressed players in the NBA.
2 – Russell Westbrook
If you mention NBA and fashion in the same sentence, you must mention Russell Westbrook. He has been on many best-dressed players lists. Also, he has been on many worst-dressed players lists. He loves fashion and he doesn’t care about other people opinion, so you can see him wearing many extraordinary combinations. He is a true trendsetter and he experiments a lot, that’s why he has been ranked so high in the worst-dressed player’s lists.
1 – Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade just shocked the NBA Nation with his move to Chicago. But, he has been known also as a player with the best fashion sense in the NBA. In 2011, SI asked 137 NBA players who had the best fashion sense and Wade came in first. He has been also in a couple of worst-dressed lists, but unlike Russ, Wade has been very constant with his great combination which cemented him as No. 1.