2016 NBA Draft Stylebook

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I’m not quite sure how much style I actually have, but I know I love the style of the NBA. From Kevin Durant’s bow ties and thick-framed glasses to Russell Westbrook’s risk taking, the players take their personal looks seriously.

Hello, not every professional league gets their own Twitter style hashtag (#NBAStyle) so they must be doing something right.

Last year’s draft class made some bold choices with many of the draftees opting for suits with a blue, black or red color palette. We even had some unique plaid pants thanks to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

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That means this year’s class has a lot to live up to in terms of style points and from the looks of it the top prospects are off to a good, yet slightly more subdued start.

Lets take a look at the styles from this year’s NBA Draft and determine who stood out and who’s style needs a bit of work.

Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick, chose a classic black, three piece suit with a gold tie, which we can assume is a nod to LSU, and a white pocket square. I’m sure Simmons will stand out for not standing out. The look isn’t over the top, but we all know who he is so there’s no need to go crazy to be remembered.

Going in the opposite direction of Simmons’ understated look is No. 2 overall Brandon Ingram.

Look at that jacket! The bold pattern is on point and I like that he chose to stay with the dark gray and black. He still stands out amongst the other solid suits and his decision to skip a tie or bow tie is a nice touch.

Denzel Valentine also opted to go with a patterned jacket. It’s not as flashy as Ingram’s, but the look is put together nonetheless.

Valentine’s suit may not be flashy, but his socks are brilliant.

So we have the classic look and we have the patterned look. All we were missing was the colored suits and purple appears to be a favorite of the night.

Dejounte Murray, a former guard for the Washington Huskies, gets major props for wearing a royal purple suit jacket made of velvet on draft night. However, you have to wonder how long he’ll keep the look put together. All those bright lights? All that pressure and stress? It’s going to get hot in there real quick, but I commend any draft prospect willing to sweat it out in that particular fabric on one of the biggest nights of his life.

I also love a good bow tie and his brings the look all together.

I can’t tell by this photo, but I’m really hoping it’s a full-on velvet suit (fingers crossed).

I was fully willing to pack it in and call Murray’s look my favorite of the night. That is, until I saw a picture of Skal Lab! His suit jacket makes me think Easter’s come early, especially with the light purple checkered shirt underneath and I don’t say that as a bad thing.

His look is reminiscent of D’Angelo Russell’s bright red suit jacket, red checkered shirt and white pants from last year’s draft and that had to be one of my top choices.

If this isn’t my favorite look, it’s definitely my favorite of the purple options … unless Murray really is wearing all velvet.

While purple appears to be “it” color, red is still holding strong.

I like Malik Beasley’s nod to FSU, but the looks aren’t necessarily trendsetting. That’s completely okay, just maybe a little boring.

Here’s some more.

UW’s Marquese Chriss slays (can I say slays? Not quite sure if I even have enough style for that) in the red velvet (?) jacket with black silk lapels, what looks like to be a black velvet bow tie and some added bling.

Best of the red-suited options, IMO.

His suit appears to come from ALBA Legacy, as was Jaylen Brown’s and a number of other of the prospects’.

Baylor’s Taurean Waller-Prince, also ALBA Legacy, is keeping up the tradition of studded shoes.

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They look safer than Kelly Oubre Jr.’s from last year, but you never know.

However, Kris Dunn’s Gucci kicks look safest of them all. Can’t hurt yourself in sneakers, right? It lessens the possibility of walking up to the stage and tripping. However, they may blind you.

 

Caris LeVert who opted for school pride over fashion.

And Buddy Hield was a stand out out in a crisp white jacket and maroon bow tie.

 

My favorite of the night is hands down Ben Bentil in a custom ALBA Legacy. It’s everything I wanted from the prospects. It’s crazy, it’s fun, it’s subtly unique.

I made a mental note of the patterned pocket square earlier, but with it paired with just the navy blue suit it wasn’t enough to really make an impact. That is, until he unveiled the lining of the jacket and the shirt underneath. It’s a total game changer. Welcome to the NBA style game, Benjamin Bentil.

Additional Note:

Just when you think the best part of Dunn’s outfit was the shoes…

Markelle Fultz considered lock atop NBA Draft, but intriguing odds abound

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The real challenge in wagering on the NBA draft lies beyond the first two selections.

Washington Huskies point guard Markelle Fultz is now a borderline comical -5000 to be taken first at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The trade that the point guard-hungry Philadelphia 76ers swung with the Boston Celtics on Monday to get the No. 1 pick virtually assured Fultz would be the pick.

There’s actually a lower price on the field (+700) than on either UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball (+1200) or Duke small forward Jayson Tatum (+5000).

Speaking of Ball, the line of him being drafted by his hometown Los Angeles Lakers is -260, while there’s a +200 payout if he’s selected by any other team. The Lakers have also signaled their intentions by announcing they’ll trade incumbent point guard D’Angelo Russell. However, some feel Kentucky PG De’Aaron Fox, due to his athleticism and speed, has a higher ceiling.

Speaking of the aptly named Fox, many of the intriguing NBA Draft betting props involve the over/under on what point of the draft certain budding stars will hear their name called at the Barclays Center on Thursday.

The total for Fox  is 4.5. Tatum also has a 4.5 total. The Boston Celtics, who pick third, are set at point guard, but the Phoenix Suns could be looking at one at fourth overall.

One should probably keep an eye on speculation about Frank Ntilikina, whose draft-slot total of 9.5 seems on the high side. The 18-year-old Frenchman is one of the youngest players in this draft class and has the skillset to also play either guard spot. The New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, who are in the eighth and ninth slots, are both keen on him, and there’s always the chance of one trading up to get him.

Ntilikina is also a -1400 favorite to be the first international player taken. The total on how many international players will go in the first round is 4.5.

College basketball fans can also carry over their rooting interests by betting on how many players will be taken in the first round. There is a 3.5 total for Duke players taken in the first round. The over pays a generous +145, which would require SG Frank Jackson sneaking into the first round to join Tatum, SG Luke Kennedy and C Harry Giles.

Conversely, the under on the 2.5 total of Oregon Ducks players selected – three players are second-round possibilities – is +220.

The early picks, of course, are mostly comprised of one-and-done talents. There is good value on picking who will be the first college senior taken. Colorado combo guard Derrick White is a slim +185 favorite, with Big 12 rival Wesley Iwundu of Kansas State listed at +210.

Warriors seek 2-0 series lead as double-digit favorite against Spurs

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The Golden State Warriors feasted after Kawhi Leonard was knocked out on Sunday, but they are far from an automatic cover as a huge home-court favorite in the NBA playoffs.

Stephen Curry and the Warriors are listed as 13.5-point favorites against the Spurs with a 208.5-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for their Game 2 matchup scheduled for Tuesday.

During the Curry era, Golden State is 12-1 straight-up and 4-9 against the spread in 13 playoff games where they were favored by 10 or more points at home. The Warriors are also 1-6 ATS in their last seven home playoff games according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

Not having Leonard (left ankle sprain) leaves a void for San Antonio, but the Spurs are 6-2 ATS without their all-star small forward this season. That includes their series-clinching win against the Houston Rockets in the second round. One can take for granted that a team under Gregg Popovich’s coaching guidance will find a way to adapt.

San Antonio will need to find ways to get PF LaMarcus Aldridge away from Warriors SF Draymond Green on offense, as well make greater use of PF Kyle Anderson. Jonathon Simmons has also proven capable of replacing Leonard’s scoring.

Over 11 games as the underdog this season, the Spurs are 7-4 SU and 8-2-1 ATS.

Job one for Golden State, which is 18-2 SU and 8-10-2 ATS over its last 20 home games, will be slowing down the Spurs after allowing 111 points at home on Sunday. They usually are tough on defense at Oracle Arena, where the total has gone under in 13 of their last 20 home games. Offensively, the absence of Leonard should free up space for PF Kevin Durant, since San Antonio won’t have a matchup for the four-time NBA scoring champion.

That said, the Warriors will need perimeter shooting from their supporting cast, not just Curry and SG Klay Thompson. With SF Andre Iguodala (knee) questionable, Golden State might be hard up for a complementary shooter to hit open threes.

The other big variable for Golden State is that assistant coach Mike Brown is running the bench in the absence of Steve Kerr (back surgery). Brown does not seem to have Kerr’s deft hand with making the right substitutions, which was why Golden State found itself in a 25-point hole in Game 1.

The total has gone over in 12 of the Spurs’ last 15 games overall and has also gone over in eight of their past 10 road games. The total has gone over in 10 of the Warriors’ last 15 games.