The NBA Draft is nothing if not, umm, colorful. It’s a night for players to discover their new homes and hopefully develop some fashion sense along the way. With the 2016 Draft tipping off tonight, here is our sartorial advice for the incoming draft class—based on the successes and failures of previous draftees, of course.
1. Don’t be Dr. Evil The fourth pick of the 2002 draft decided to channel his inner evil mastermind with this boxy suit. Fourteen years later we are still left to wonder what Drew Gooden was thinking.
2. Do wear a suit that fits you Selected 10th overall by the Miami Heat in last year’s draft, Justise Winslow kept it simple and smooth.
3. Don’t go all white King James deserves a lot of praise for his play in the NBA finals, but his 2003 Draft Night suit made him look like anything but royalty.
4. Do be daring Selected first overall two years ago, Andrew Wiggins rocked a brave tuxedo for draft night. While his audaciousness paid off, some of his peers weren’t so lucky.
5. Don’t count your chickens According to Jalen Rose, the Clippers “promised” he’d be the 7th pick in 1994. That inspired him to wear a pinstriped red suit. Unfortunately, Rose fell to 13th and was selected by the Denver Nuggets. Rose has said his backup was “yellow with alligator skin shoes”. Yes, Jalen, that would have been much better.
6. Do pay homage to what got you here Selected 7th overall in 2013, Ben McLemore had his University of Kansas jersey stitched into his suit lining. It is never a bad idea to give recognition to those who deserve it and this was a great way to do so.
7. Don’t say it with flowers Rakeem Christmas wore this bouquet to last year’s draft. There is little to love about his suit, but Christmas sure isn’t lacking any confidence.
8. Do go all out, but be careful Kelly Oubre’s shoes stole the show at the 2015 draft. The silver spikes made sure that no other draftees would be stepping on his toes.