NBA Fashion, Vol. 1: What’s Really Hot In The Streets

From Jordan‘s sneakers to Iverson‘s tattoos, the NBA and its players have long had an influence that reaches far beyond the basketball court… and today, the league’s focus on fashion seems to be climbing to entirely new heights. With resources like Twitter and Instagram at their fingertips, many players are captivated by a perpetual quest to promote the latest trend. This obsession with social media, in conjunction with a mass hipster movement and David Stern‘s implementation of the dress code, has resulted in a fair bit of questionable dressing.

How many of the fishing lures from Russell Westbrook‘s shirt have actually caught on, though? You see, it’s ultimately up to you to decide… and for this reason we ask you, what’s really hot in the streets?

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WHO: Nick Young
WHAT: Nike Air Yeezy II/Billionaire Boy’s Club Jacket/New Era Cap
WHERE: Instagram
WHEN: August 23
WHAT I THINK: Breaking News: Nick Young Wears Normal Outfit! Seriously, though… I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen Nick Young and thought, “Hey, I’d actually consider leaving the house in that outfit.” Not that I’d be caught dead in a pair of Yeezys, or that I wouldn’t be feeling pretty damn claustrophobic in those jeans… but the basic blueprint – sneakers, jeans, jacket, matching cap – is what I’m referring to here.
WHAT YOU THINK: Fresh/Acceptable/Whack/Suspect ???

WHO: Shawn Marion
WHAT: Clip-On Sunglasses.
WHERE: Instagram
WHEN: August 24
WHAT I THINK: Are clip-on sunglasses (flipped up) in style right now? If so, my grandmother will be pleased to learn that she’s finally a trend setter. Also I’m not sure what’s going on on his right hand, where there appears to be an awfully large, oddly-shaped ring of some sort. Whatever the hell it is, if it was expensive, he should probably send a thank you letter to Steve Nash.
WHAT YOU THINK: Fresh/Acceptable/Whack/Suspect ???

WHO: J.R. Smith
WHAT: Nike Air More Uptempo/Nike Dream Team Destroyer Jacket/New Era X Mishka “Amerikana” Fitted
WHERE: Instagram
WHEN: August 25
WHAT I THINK: As patriotic as it is fresh, this fit fits. I mean that literally, as in everything is the right size. It also covers all his ink stains, so that’s a bonus.
WHAT YOU THINK: Fresh/Acceptable/Whack/Suspect ???

WHO: NBA Champion (U MAD? *Cam’ron voice*]) LeBron James
WHAT: Supreme “Visions Of Gold” Snapback/Jason Witten Replica Jersey/Audemars Piguet Watch
WHERE: In front of a TV screen that is presumably quite large.
WHEN: September 2
WHAT I THINK: That jersey better be authentic, LeBron. You can’t be rocking $90 hats and watches that Rick Ross raps about in conjunction with replica sports jerseys made by the company you endorse.
WHAT YOU THINK: Fresh/Acceptable/Whack/Suspect ???

WHO: Anthony Davis
WHAT: Polo Shirt/Nike Shoes/Snapback/Mercedes S550
WHERE: Twitter
WHEN: Anthony Davis’s first NBA payday, probably.
WHAT I THINK: Anthony Davis could grow the world’s most unruly unibrow, and with that pearly-white S550, he’d still have to beat the females off with a stick.
WHAT YOU THINK: Fresh/Acceptable/Whack/Suspect ???

WHO: DeJuan Blair
WHAT: Demin. Lots of denim.
WHERE: Instagram
WHEN: September 9
WHAT I THINK: Sell that chain and buy some new clothes.

WHAT YOU THINK: Fresh/Acceptable/Whack/Suspect ???

WHO: Russell Westbrook
WHAT: Air Jordan VII/Capris
WHERE: Boarding a flight to LA.
WHEN: September 14
WHAT I THINK: Pants too tight to bend at the knee? Russell Westbrook has some scissors you can borrow.
WHAT YOU THINK: Fresh/Acceptable/Whack/Suspect ???

WHO: Stephen Jackson
WHAT: Rolex President, straight out the freezer.
WHERE: Instagram
WHEN: September 5
WHAT I THINK: According to this watch, it’s always floss o’clock! And I must say, the prong setting makes all 30 stones look extra bodacious.
WHAT YOU THINK: Fresh/Acceptable/Whack/Suspect ???

Who was fresh/acceptable/whack/suspect?

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