NBA rookies continue their trend of focusing on fashion choices


Thunder pick Jalen Williams incorporates clothing from less popular brands, including companies that promote social justice issuesGetty Images

NBA players have “made it easy for fans to appreciate their fashion sense,” turning their pre-game entrances into “their own version of the Met Gala,” according to NY TIMES’ Kris Rhim. Regarding his outfit in last night’s draft, Thunder pick Jalen Williams said he tried “to be aware of what he was wearing while having fun with his style”, because he knew that he would be “judged by his outfits and his appearance”. Williams incorporates “clothing from less popular brands into her wardrobe to encourage those who might admire her to be ‘good about themselves'”. Clothing.” Another Thunder pick, Chet Holmgren, said that in high school his style “skyrocketed as he turned to resale websites and brands that offered plus-size clothing.” he is “confident” that he is “the hottest prospect in this draft class” (NY TIMES, 6/24). In Oklahoma City, Joe Mussatto notes that Holmgren wore a “thick gold chain with two dice hanging from it”. The dice showed three and four, “representing the No. 34 he wore to Gonzaga”. Flashed against his black suit, the dice also had a “second meaning”. Holmgren: “I bet a lot on myself” (OKLAHOMAN, 6/24).

NO. 1 PLACE: ESPN’s Richard Jefferson says Magic draft pick Paolo Banchero (No. 1 overall) was the best dressed of the NBA Draft night “only because he had all the diamonds” hanging from his jacket and his trousers. But “he won’t be able to sit down” (“NBA Today,” ESPN, 6/23). Banchero told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth that it was rhinestones, not diamonds, hanging from his suit. Hubbarth: “It would be a problem if you walked these streets, you might be missing one or two of these diamonds if they were real” (“NBA Draft Red Carpet Special,” ESPN, 6/23). ESPN’s Jay Bilas said Banchero’s “Purple Rain” costume is pretty good” (“NBA Draft,” ESPN, 6/23).

RUN JEWELRY: ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins: “In this new generation, the ties are out and the chains are in. You have to have the drip” (“NBA Draft,” ESPN, 6/23). Spurs pick Blake Wesley said the flashy trainers he wore were Alexander McQueens. ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi: ‘I love the suit, by the way, and then you let the sneakers do the talking’ (“NBA Draft,” ABC, 6/23). ESPN’s Malika Andrews said Pacers rookie Bennedict Mathurin’s look “might be my favorite costume I’ve seen all night” (“NBA Draft,” ESPN, 6/23). SI’s Rohan Nadkarni: “I beg someone to wear a normal suit, and they’ll age gracefully” (“Maggie & Perloff,” CBSSN, 6/23). wrote that many of the looks from last night were “stunning” (6/23). NEWSWEEK’s Ashley Gale: “Entrants aim to dress to impress in each year’s draft, and the 2022 NBA Draft didn’t disappoint in that department” (, 6/23).


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