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…

Cavaliers Shaky Betting Favorite Against Celtics on NBA Opening Night

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While the sample might not be big enough for a true trend, the Cleveland Cavaliers go into opening night with a dubious track record as a narrow favorite at home.

With some uncertainty over whether – or how much – LeBron James will play after missing most of the preseason with a sprained left ankle, the Cavaliers are listed as 3.5-point favorites against the Boston Celtics with a 212.5-point total in their NBA opening night matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Interestingly enough, the OddsShark NBA Database shows that the Cavaliers are 0-6 straight-up and against the spread since January 2016 when favored by four or fewer points in regular-season home games.

Both Boston and Cleveland had offseason turnover that included trading point guards, with Kyrie Irving heading to the East Coast while Isaiah Thomas moved to the shores of Lake Erie. On top of having their new running mates Irving and SG Gordon Hayward, Boston returns only four of its 10 most-used players from last season.

However, under coach Brad Stevens they are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven road games against the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers, who were just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games of last season, have eight new players. James has had little practice time with the Cavaliers’ three new starters, PG Derrick Rose, SG Dwyane Wade and PF Jae Crowder, but with James’ talent and court sense chemistry can come pretty quickly (Thomas is out with a hip injury).

The total has gone over in four of the Celtics’ last five road games against the Cavaliers.

Later on Tuesday night, the defending champion Golden State Warriors are 9.5-point favorites against the Houston Rockets with a 230.5-point total in a matchup between the two highest-scoring teams from last season.

Due to new PG Chris Paul’s various injuries (bruised left shoulder, bruised left knee), the Rockets have had scarcely little time to see how Paul and SG James Harden will work together on the floor. If Paul is good to go in this one, though, he will face the Warriors’ Stephen Curry at each end of the court for the entire game.

The Rockets are 1-11 SU and 4-7-1 ATS in their last 12 road games against the Warriors, but any team that shoots threes as frequently – and often efficiently – as Houston is always a threat.

Golden State, with its big four of Curry, PF Kevin Durant, SF Draymond Green and SG Klay Thompson, almost always lays big-time points at Oracle Arena. While the Warriors infamously laid an egg in their home opener last season, they are 19-1 SU and 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 regular-season home games with a closing line between 8.5 and 10.5 points.

The Warriors, unlike the other three teams in action on Tuesday, had minimal offseason turnover with 12 players returning from their championship team.

The total has gone under in six of the Rockets’ last nine road games against the Warriors.

 

 

Thunder Climbing the NBA Futures After Carmelo Anthony Trade

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If the Golden State Warriors can be taken down, chances are it might come from within the NBA’s cutthroat Western Conference. With the season due to tip off in a couple weeks, Golden State is the -160 favorite on the odds to win the NBA championship at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Warriors have dominated the league for three seasons running with nary a hiccup, save for their breakdown at the end of the 2016 postseason when they lost a seven-game NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James.

This past NBA offseason was all about superstars maneuvering to join Western Conference teams in order to try to take the fight to the Warriors more directly. As a result of their moves to add Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to their forward corps to complement league-MVP point guard Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder (+1200) have seen their price come down precipitously from an opening +6600.

As it stands, more than 10/1 odds on a team which is a favorite to win its division is a pretty good deal.

The San Antonio Spurs, the league’s model of stability, also come in at +1200. The Houston Rockets (+1600) have actually had their price rise in the last three weeks, which might reflect how no one is sure whether newly acquired PG Chris Paul and SG James Harden will be compatible.

Among Eastern Conference teams, Cleveland (+550) is offering good value, since any team which has LeBron James is a solid bet to last at least three rounds in the postseason. One might be able to wait before making a play with the Cavaliers. The need to make sure PG Derrick Rose and PG Dwayne Wade get rest during the season will probably supersede the Cavs’ need to go for a No. 1 seed.

The Boston Celtics (+800) added PG Kyrie Irving (from Cleveland) and SF Gordon Hayward, but one should remember that they were not an overly dominant team last season and their No. 1 playoff seed owed somewhat to being in the Atlantic Division with the likes of the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.

If none of the contenders near the top of the board pass the eye test, it might be better to take a flyer on some small-market teams with superstar talent. The Minnesota Timberwolves (+2800) are complementing young stars Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns with a supporting cast that includes Jimmy Butler – one of the best two-way wing players any side of Golden State’s Draymond Green – and veterans such as Jamal Crawford and Jeff Teague.

The Milwaukee Bucks (+6600) might not be close to winning a title, but the ceiling for a team with a burgeoning superstar in SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, AKA The Greek Freak, is very high. Milwaukee should get a long look for anyone poring over preseason props.