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…

Sixers, Warriors Road Betting Favorites in Thursday NBA Action

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The Philadelphia 76ers may be facing a regression with the three-ball right as they go into a building where they have not won in a while.

The 76ers are 1.5-point road betting favorites against the Miami Heat with a 216.5-point total at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com in one of the three NBA playoff matchups slated for Thursday.

While the Heat’s series-tying win in the previous game left the 76ers a mere 17-1 straight-up in their 18 most recent games, a more apt sample might come from looking at the teams’ records against playoff-worthy competition.

Philadelphia, whose perimeter shooters including Robert Covington and J.J. Redick combined to go 7-for-36 on three-point shots in Game 2, is just 2-7 SU and against the spread in its last nine road games against Eastern Conference playoff teams. The Heat are 7-0 SU and ATS in their last seven games against Eastern playoff teams.

The OddsShark NBA Database points out that the total has gone over in seven of Philadelphia’s last 10 road games when it was the betting favorite. However, the total has gone under in four of the Heat’s last six home games against the 76ers.

After taking two wins on the road, the New Orleans Pelicans are three-point favorites against the Portland Trail Blazers on the NBA odds with a 216-point total. The Pelicans, who are 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games as a favorite of 3.5 or fewer points, have won the backcourt battle so far in the series thanks to Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo.

The total has gone over in six of the Pelicans’ last eight home games against Northwest Division teams. The Trail Blazers have actually taken more shots in the series, so if their luck evens out, there’s a chance for a scorefest.

And the Golden State Warriors, who also have a 2-0 series lead, are three-point road favorites against the San Antonio Spurs with a 206-point total. It’s the first time in 18 years that the Spurs are a home underdog in April (the last time was not a playoff game), but they are much more effective team at home, where they are 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine matchups.

The Warriors are without the injured Stephen Curry, but still have forward Kevin Durant and guard Klay Thompson to help them turn around being 3-7 SU and ATS in their last 10 road games as a favorite of 3.5 or fewer points.

The total has gone over in six of Golden State’s last nine road games during the playoffs in April. However, the total has gone under in six of San Antonio’s last nine home games against Western Conference teams.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.

NBA All-Star Weekend Odds: Slam Dunk, Three-Point, Skills Challenge

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One man having serious slam dunk contest buzz means better prices for the other three heading into NBA All-Star Weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Dallas Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. is a +170 favorite on the slam dunk contest odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (+220), Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (+265) and Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (+400) are also in the running.

Smith has taken every opportunity this season to try to “posterize” some of the NBA’s biggest names, which might explain his low price. Mitchell was a late entry who has come on strongly for the surging Jazz and is capable of the upset. As the only forward in the contest, Nance could have a hard time getting the benefit of the doubt from the judges.

The three-point contest is unpredictable by nature but has some familiar faces with favorite Klay Thompson (+210) and defending champion Eric Gordon (+450). Devin Booker (+550), Paul George (+650), Wayne Ellington (+700), Bradley Beal (+750), Kyle Lowry (+1000) and Tobias Harris (+1100) complete the eight-marksman field.

Thompson is converting threes at a career-high 45.4 percent rate, so the Golden State Warriors guard will likely draw a lot of interest. However, Gordon outlasted him in 2017 and will also be in his former home arena. Ellington, who scores more than 75 percent of his points from beyond the arc, stacks up as the sleeper from deep.

The skills challenge lacks the cachet of the other two competitions, but is wide open due to its format that guarantees a guard vs. center matchup in the final. The Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (+350) is the favorite, but it might be wiser to favor a younger competitor, such as the Denver Nuggets’ second-year guard Jamal Murray (+400), in an event that is staked on speed and shooting.

Al Horford (+500) has the best price of any big man, but the Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen (+700) might have the skill-set more suited for the event. Murray, Markkanen and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (+600) will each be out to be third international player in a row to win the event.

For more odds info, picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes, or check it out at OddsShark.libsyn.com.