The NBA’s Best Halloween Costumes Of 2014

Stuck for a Halloween costume tonight? Let the NBA’s masters of horror—er, hoops—give you an idea or two. This year, the league’s basketball players brought their A-game when it comes to dressing up. We found a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a pair of Banes from Batman and several references to 80s films in the mix. Check out the alter egos of your favourite players below, and see how they did compared to last year.
Photo: Marcin Gortat/Twitter

Washington Wizards small forward Paul Pierce showed his patriotism by donning the stars and stripes of Captain America. He’s seen here mugging with Polish centre Marcin Gortat.


Photo: Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun/Twitter

And the winner of this year’s scariest costume goes to Deron Williams, who dressed up as Game of Thrones’ most ruthless warrior, Khal Drogo. Pictured next to him is his wife, Amy Williams, who wore the garb of dragon queen Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen.


Photo: Portland Trail Blazers/Twitter

The Blazers Dancers, all 16 of them, also got into the Halloween spirit. Props to the dancer who dressed up as Portland’s own Robin Lopez, second from the right.


Photo: Brooklyn Nets/Twitter

Andrei Kirilenko forwent blue body paint to put together an Avatar costume, made more convincing by his tall, lanky stature. Oh, and that piercing gaze. He also wins Dad of the Year for the flight-up Iron Man costume he got one of his sons—we’re guessing seven-year-old Stepan, by the little guy’s stature.


Photo: Brooklyn Nets/Twitter

21-year-old Brooklyn shooting guard and small forward Sergey Karasev went with a classic zombie outfit. Who can argue with that?


Photo: Russell Westbrook/Instagram

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder broke out a couples costume with his new fiancee, Nina Earl, who he proposed to early last month. While Nina went as Taystee from Orange is the New Black, the point guard did his best correctional officer impression as George “Pornstache” Mendez from the same show. Given the characters’—shall we say, strained?—dynamic in the series, it may not have been the best idea, but whatever works for them.


Photo: Nicholas Collison/Instagram

Nick Collison and Andre Robertson dressed up as two of the four Ghostbusters—Collison as Rick Moranis’ bespectacled Louis Tully, and Robertson as Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore. Don’t cross streams, fellas.


Photo: Scott Allen/Washington Post/Twitter

If anyone can keep their son safe on Halloween night, it’s Bane. Glen Rice dressed up as the Batman supervillain while Glen Rice Jr., was costumed as a mini-Iron Man. Bane’s a popular dress-up for NBA players, and you may remember that Aron Baynes went as him last Halloween.


Photo Scott Allen/Washinton Post/Twitter

Small forward Otto Porter dressed up as the Ninja Turtles’ Michelangelo for the Washington Wizards’ kids Halloween party. Unfortunately, the costume didn’t come in his size—leaving the outfit’s feet hovering several inches above his Jordan Brand kicks.

Photo: Andre Robertson/Instagram

It appears the Oklahoma City Thunder had two Tom Hanks among their ranks this Halloween. NBA centre Steven Adams dressed up as Chuck Noland from the actor’s survivor film, Castaway, Wilson the Volleyball and all.

Photo: Mitch McGary/Instagram

With the OKC gang all together at once for this shot, forward Lance Thomas comes out of hiding dressed up as Finn from Adventure Time. Oh, and that version of Bane in the background? It’s power forward Mitch McGary.


Photo: Kelly Olynyk/Instagram

Kelly Olynyk and Evan Turner were a pair of selfless do-gooders this year, visiting children at Boston Children’s Hospital and handing out treats. The Boston Celtics power forward and centre showed up as Mario, while the guard and small forward dressed up as Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Or maybe Turner was hoping to be mistaken for a Koopa?


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