Monday, January 27, 2014

In honor of NY Fashion Week, I thought it was time to do a series of posts that I’ve been looking forward to since I started Stiletto Sports. This five part series is dedicated to the best dressed and most fashionable athletes!

I remember loving game-day in high school and college because all the players would come to class all dressed up instead of their typical “I’m a Jock” attire of baggy shorts and tees. But on game-day, they showed that they actually had some style. Or someone in their lives knew how to shop for them!

It just so happens that the top 5 most stylish NBA players are one from each position so I created the NBA All-Star Best Dressed Team…. with a few reserves just in case of a major fashion faux pas emergency!

The NBA All-Star Best Dressed Team

  • Forward: LeBron James
  • Shooting Guard/Forward: Kobe Bryant
  • Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade
  • Point Guard: Tony Parker
  • Center: Kevin Garnett

Reserves:

  • Center: Andrew Bynum & Shaquille O’Neal
  • Forward: Paul Pierce
  • Guard: Gilbert Arenas

LeBron James (Miami Heat)

He epitomizes style in the NBA. Don’t believe me? Check out GQ for further evidence. He has brought a high level of fashion to a game that has relied on baggy shorts, tees and ghetto fab wear for far too long. Doesn’t hurt that the man is seriously F-I-N-E. He could make a paper bag look sexy! So the things he does to a custom fitted suit……. WOW!

Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

Is there any “best in the NBA” list that Kobe doesn’t appear on? With all his basketball fame, he has to look fabulous at all times! GQ loves him! There was a big feature in December ’09 and he is the cover of the March ’10 issue. What I love most is that fashion runs in Kobe’s family. Wife Vanessa is always fabulous and their little ones Natalia Diamante and Gianna are little style stars themselves! When photographed as a fam, they look so put together and coordinated, it’s almost nauseating!

Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)

If you could only use one word to describe Dwyane Wade it would have to be: Swagger. He is absolutely positively full of s-w-a-g-g-e-r.  He pushes the boundaries of men’s fashion and takes them to a really wonderful place. Pinstripe suits, bold pops of color and of course, the pimp hat!

Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)

Tony has this effortlessly smooth yet casually suave style about him that takes our breath away. Maybe it’s the French vibe, or maybe it’s because wifey fashionista Eva Longoria helps dress him! Either way Tony’s amazing style has companies like London Fog dying for him to become their spokesman.

Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics)

Kevin is proclaimed to be one of them most stylish men in the NBA…. yet it’s almost impossible to find a photo of him out of his Celtics jersey!

The Reserves:

Centers:

I’m also going to nominate Laker’s Center Andrew Bynum. He’s even taller than KG and still pulls off the polished sexy look. Andrew has been unofficially linked to pop and fashion star Rihanna and you know she goes for the put-together metro-men!

You can’t talk about stylish NBA centers without dropping the name Shaq. Sure he’s been around since the beginning of basketball…and yes he is a giant at 7’1, 325 pounds….but Shaquille O’Neal has definitely been a style star in the NBA and for all the Big & Tall men out there!

Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)

Put-Together-Pierce would be a great nickname for Paul. He always has a sleek polish to his style, even when he is rocking the ghetto fab gear!

Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards)

Agent Zero scores a big 10 when it comes to high fashion. His unique spin puts him on almost every NBA best dressed list around!

Up next in the Best Dressed Series, the NFL Style Stars!

I have to give a huge thanks to Shelton & Mark  from HoopsBar.com because they are the ones who came up with this great idea. They are two of the most stylish guys I know and Shelton’s insight into the NBA was invaluable!

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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