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.

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…

Klay Thompson, Aaron Gordon betting favorites on Three-Point, Slam Dunk contest odds

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It’s been 10 years since NBA All-Star Saturday saw the Three-Point Contest winner keep his title, which is something to keep in mind when assessing the contenders this weekend.

Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors shooting guard, is at +110 odds to win the Three-Point Contest at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic is a heavy -155 favorite on the odds to win the Slam Dunk Contest now that defending champion Zach LaVine is done for the season with a knee injury.

Both events will be held on Saturday in New Orleans, on the eve of the all-star game.

Thompson is slated to have seven challengers, including one past champion, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (+400), who won in 2013. No player has had a three-year gap between wins since the contest’s creation, but Irving is also having a career year as a scorer and his price is tempting.

The Houston Rockets’ Eric Gordon (+900) is one of the league’s most prolific perimeter shooters and probably has the most value on the board.

The Three-Point Contest field is rounded out by the Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum (+800), the Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (+900), the Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young (+900), the Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (+1100) and the Dallas Mavericks’ Wes Matthews (+1100).

Lowry being priced where he is might give pause. The point guard has always been more of a slasher than a pure shooter, but added the three-ball to his arsenal this season and is hitting 41.7 per cent of the time, well above his career 36.5% rate.

In the Slam Dunk Contest, it’s not necessarily Aaron Gordon and everyone else competing for second place. Gordon will have to face ratcheted-up expectations after his dazzling runner-up effort in Toronto in 2016. Phoenix Suns rookie Derrick Jones Jr. (+130) is a high flier and his status as something of an unknown could help improve his scores.

The Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (+800), as a seven-foot center, doesn’t fit the profile of a dunk contest winner. The Indiana Pacers’ Glenn Robinson III (+900) fills out the board on the NBA betting lines for Saturday night.

 

NBA Christmas Day Slate has Warriors, Spurs Among Odds Favorites

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Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors typically manage to cover when they face a close line on the road. The Warriors are listed as 3.5-point favorites on the NBA betting lines against the Cleveland Cavaliers for their Christmas Day matchup, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Warriors are finding their peak form and are 14-2 straight-up and 7-8-1 against the spread on the road this season. The smallest line in any of the ATS losses, though, was 8.5 points.

The main matchup will be Durant against LeBron James, who has helped Cleveland forge a home record of 15-2 SU and 10-6-1 ATS. The Cavaliers are trying to replace injured SG J.R. Smith (right thumb surgery). Star forward Kevin Love (left knee bruise) also has an injury issue, but only had to play 25 minutes during a blowout win on Friday.

The Christmas Day slate begins with the New York Knicks hosting the Boston Celtics in a pick’em contest. The key matchup will be at point guard – the Knicks’ Derrick Rose and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas. Boston is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in its last 10 road games and has found a rhythm since C Al Horford returned from injury.

Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (right knee contusion) could have his minutes closely monitored to avoid aggravating his injury.

The San Antonio Spurs are favored by 7.5 points against the Chicago Bulls in a matchup headlined by two elite small forwards, the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler. It is tough to go against San Antonio being 14-0 SU and 11-3 ATS in December home games over the last two seasons, particularly with Chicago’s erratic perimeter shooting.

The Bulls are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are favored by 4.5 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook is carrying his team which has been inconsistent at home, going 9-6 SU and 8-7 ATS this season.

Minnesota has plenty of promise in C Karl-Anthony Towns and SF Andrew Wiggins, but awful defense has kept them from getting into the playoff picture. The Timberwolves are 1-9 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 road games against the Thunder.

And the availability of Chris Paul (hamstring) will weigh heavily on the lines for the Christmas nightcap between the Los Angeles Lakers and Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are also without PF Blake Griffin (minor knee surgery), but D’Angelo Russell and the young Lakers are struggling at 0-4 SU and ATS in their last four divisional games.

The Clippers are 10-0 SU and 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite against the Lakers.