If you’re going to start off the season aiming to do your best out on the court, you might as well do it in style. These NBA players stepped out dressed to the nines in their finest suits ahead of the season openers that took place late last week and over the weekend.
Sharp as ever, NBA Champion Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs dug out a black Dolce & Gabbana suit to mark the occasion. The black-tie look is somewhat of a trademark for the shooting guard, who had just the right amount of shirt cuff peeking out from under his suit jacket.
It looks like the Memphis Grizzlies’ sophomore shooting guard learned from the best. Will Barton credits his style game to the inimitable Mo Williams, sporting a navy suit, a blue spread-collar shirt and brown monkstrap shoes for good measure. He wrote on his Instagram that he aims to wear a suit and tie all season, which works for us.
The NBA will likely overlook its strict “no sunglasses indoors” rule on account of Kobe’s classic grey suit. If you’re wondering why he’s looking hella GQ, it’s because he was pictured on the front cover of the men’s magazine sporting a similar suit, but with peak lapels.
According to his Instagram account, before Chris Bosh put on his Miami Heat uniform, he donned a powder blue suit designed by Waraire Boswell featuring pleated pants and a two-button jacket. He completed the dressed-down look with a simple white pocket square, a pair of plain white sneaks and a conspicuously-absent necktie, given his recent foray into haberdashery with Mr. Nice Tie.
LA Clippers small forward Matt Barnes may be hiding his tattoos, but his personality’s still fully on display. Here, he gets his pattern-matching on wearing a tightly-checked sportcoat in combination with a dark navy, polka-dotted shirt and tie. A pair of double monkstraps again make an appearance, sans socks.
Chandler Parsons is wearing his grey, two-button suit out of the Express Runway collection. His look blends tradition with more contemporary details, such as a graphic tie and wrinkle-free materials.
True to form even though he’s out due to an injury, Kevin Durant pulled on a sharply-tailored slate grey two-button and a white shirt with contrasting buttons when the OKC Thunder went against the Denver Nuggets last Saturday. As far as we can tell, there was just one wrinkle in his outfit, not that we’re holding it against him. He recently traded off his cast for a slightly more stylish walking boot after undergoing foot surgery.
Honourable mention: Drake
Drake, the Toronto Raptors’ unofficial sixth man (and official global ambassador), revealed a hot new suit jacket that he received from GM Masai Ujiri ahead of the team’s season opener. Captured by his fanpage, Word On Road, the jacket features a “We The North” label, Raptors logo and the number six—as in The 416, a nickname for Toronto.