Another spectacular year all-around was 1997, when Maurice Taylor introduced us to the “Coral Gables House Paint” collection.
Tim Thomas also went with something special that year, but he forgot to let the paint shop spray him down before he arrived.
And Tracy McGrady rounded the ’97 class out by introducing the Top 20 Slow Jam Countdown alongside Peabo Bryson. In 2000, Mike Miller brought his A+ style game to the Draft’s studio session, and it’s worth remembering, because he never ever had style again.
In 2002, the NBA Draft celebrated the evolution of the long coat, which wasn’t unlike other years, because all of the tallest guys end up wearing long coats. But Drew Gooden’s overcoat look was one for the books.
As was Juan Dixon’s similar coat style.
Obviously, 2003 was a huge year for the Draft, because it featured some of the biggest stars currently in the game, and the greatest player in the NBA right now, LeBron James. But that year, the suit game was won by Addams Family party extra Chris Kaman.
The King isn’t off the hook, though. James’s all white look was a bold choice that had people considering putting ketchup packets on his seat.
Then, in 2004, Andris Biedrins did his best impression of a little kid dressing up in one of his father’s suits.
Poor Adam Morrison. After a great college career at Gonzaga, he has received an NBA Championship ring but has been ultimately worthless on every roster he’s been traded to. Is he still in the NBA? I have no clue. But on Draft night in 2006, he was still a top prospect while looking like he was here to pick up your daughter for prom, sir.
Everyone remembers Joakim Noah from the 2007 Draft. This image will be shown for a long, long time, as some people will make fun of it, while the rest of us will celebrate it.
Eric Gordon’s suit from the 2008 Draft actually has me stumped. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great. I have no clue what this is. I also might be trying hard to be nice right now, because I kind of want him to end up in Orlando somehow. But I’ll worry about that after tonight.
This was also the draft that had one of my favorite suits, because this thing can’t be all jokes and hating. DJ Augustin’s three-piece was solid. A+ suit game right here.
In 2010, Wesley Johnson arrived just a little late for Judge Smails’s boat party.
While Evan Fournier showed up to the 2012 NBA Draft like, “Oh hey, is there a draft going on? I’m just chillin’.”
The recent years of the NBA Draft have been more stylish than ballsy, as I’m sure that some of these draft picks have been working with stylists just like Wiggins did for tonight. When Andre Roberson was the ballsiest with his suit choice for 2013, you know these guys are doing all right.
And then there’s my favorite guy from college basketball this year, the man who brought Princess Lacey into all of our lives, Michigan State forward Adreian Payne, who showed up tonight ready to make a big statement of his own. This is dapper, folks.
Enjoy the rest of the draft and be sure to remind me of any of the crazier 80s and 90s suits I neglected to mention.