Top 20 Worst Dressed NBA Draft Picks Ever
June 20th, 2010| by Lost Lettermen
20. Wesley Johnson (No. 4 Pick, 2010)
By Adam Sweeney and Jim Weber
No one will ever confuse the NBA draft with a Paris runway. As a result of the myriad of fashion disasters we’ve seen each June, here’s the Top 20 Worst Dressed NBA Draft Picks Ever.
The idea of a matching outfit was apparently lost on Johnson during draft night, as he showed up with plaid pants, a double-breasted suit, a red tie and yellow shirt.
I really hope Wesley Johnson hits with the Lakers, but his draft day suit just screams “4 year NBA career.” pic.twitter.com/Q7VQTWp93e
— Kyle Butcher (@KyleButcher13) November 23, 2013
19. Erick Dampier (No. 10 Pick, 1996)
Dampier was drafted by the Indiana Pacers while sporting an ensemble that, nearly 20 years later, looks painfully dated. There are the checkered pants, worn baggy to the point that they could be mistaken for pajamas. Then there’s a big-shouldered, 3-buttoned fuscia suit jacket.
— Fernando Darío Mouso (@fernandomouso) June 27, 2013
18. Bobby Jackson (No. 23 Pick, 1997)
17. Robert Horry (No. 11 Pick, 1992)
At first glance, Big Shot Bob’s draft outfit doesn’t look terrible so much as it looks dated. It’s easy to imagine many folks circa 1992 pairing a loose-fitting, 3-button gray suit jacket with a black, buttoned down shirt. The moment of abject horror regarding Horry’s ensemble comes when your eyes first catch glimpse of his tie.
— Adria Stoliar (@Audj711) July 16, 2014
16. LeBron James (No. 1 pick, 2003)
Is it a coincidence that two of LeBron’s nicknames are “The Chosen One” and “King James” and his outfit is a cross between Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty and Eddie Murphy in Holy Man?
— Steven J. Gaither (@stevenjgaither) December 30, 2014
15. Joakim Noah (No. 9 pick, 2007)
Everything you need to know about Noah’s personality and playing style can be summed up by what he wore to the NBA Draft. It’s all over the place, loud and obnoxious – but it sure stands out.
14. Peja Stojakovic (No. 14 pick, 1996)
13. Hasheem Thabeet (No. 2 pick, 2009)
12. Steve Nash (No. 15 pick, 1996)
Was it “Bring your child to the NBA Draft day?” We wouldn’t be surprised if that tie had a clip on in. Hopefully this was put into a shredder as soon as he arrived in Phoenix.
— Jerry N. Smith (@jnscurator) June 26, 2014
11. Gheorghe Mureșan (No. 30 pick, 1993)
Something appeared to be lost in translation with Muresan’s suit and tie that were a hideous brown color. Combined with a multi-color striped shirt, the 7-foot-7 big man from Romanian stood out on draft day for more than one reason.
— Gheorghe: The Blog (@gheorghetheblog) June 26, 2013
10. Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 pick, 2014)
The soft-spoken phenom from Canada went bold on draft night – very bold. Wiggins showed up in an all-black suit covered with white outlines of roses and no socks for his shoes. Wiggins’ goal of doing “something different” was definitely reached.
— David Ebner (@DavidEbner) September 29, 2014
9. Samaki Walker (No. 9 pick, 1996)
Speaking of disastrous all-white looks. Mr. Walker, welcome to the Deion Sanders’ Suit Emporium. Walker wasn’t able to live up to expectations, especially when you consider he was drafted ahead of a certain Kobe Bryant. It’s hard to respect a man in a top hat.
— Ben Cook (@BenIsCooking) April 13, 2014
8. Larry Johnson (No. 1 Pick, 1991)
Having spent the final two seasons of his college career in Las Vegas, perhaps Johnson came to admire the sense of style in the outfits worn by the waitstaff and other employees of Sin City’s casinos and resorts.
Larry Johnson draft day outfit is number 1 pic.twitter.com/EldpfJu8wm
— Connor Farrell (@connordoinwork) October 24, 2013
7. Drew Gooden (No. 4 Pick, 2002)
Gooden’s draft day outfit in 2002 looked to be a gray-toned combination of a suit with a straight jacket. Were there buttons holding the jacket together running along the lapels? Was it velcro? Only Gooden (and whoever designed this ensemble) knows for sure.
Drew Gooden draft day suit… pic.twitter.com/HCFJPrJWe2
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) February 24, 2014
6. Chuck Person (No. 4 Pick, 1986)
For starters, the entirety of the Auburn standout’s tuxedo was white – white shirt, white pants and white jacket. He also added a cummerbund to the ensemble, which was (like the bow tie) hot pink. What a shame that no one asked Person to do any magic tricks on draft night.
— Name (@PicSports0) February 11, 2015
5. Tim Thomas (No. 7 pick, 1997)
4. Maurice Taylor (No. 14 pick, 1997)
3. Terry Cummings (No. 2 pick, 1982)
The second pick in the 1982 draft out of DePaul doesn’t have the ugliest suit on our list – that’s because he didn’t wear a suit at all. He wore jeans. It’s the biggest night of your basketball life and you’re dressed like Arnold from “Diff’rent Strokes”?
— Name (@PicSports0) February 11, 2015
2. Karl Malone (No. 13 pick, 1985)
If Karl Malone ever wants to make children’s books, he could follow in the line of the “Where’s Waldo?” series with “Where did the rest of Karl Malone’s tie go?”
— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) June 19, 2014
1. Jalen Rose (No. 13 pick, 1994)
You knew one of the leaders of the new school in basketball style, a former member of Michigan’s Fab Five, was going to make a splash at the NBA draft. Rose’s brick colored pinstripe suit luckily didn’t serve as a bad omen for his career, but we’re pretty sure you can find that suit pattern for your curtains at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Just a reminder of what Jalen Rose wore on his draft day. pic.twitter.com/QPoGy5Kd7z
— Ryan O’Connell (@RyanOak) June 27, 2014