For anyone who follows the NBA closely, you’ll notice a frequent pattern of NBA players who date and sometimes even marry attractive women with a really pretty face and a cute little body. Of course, the process of snatching up a beautiful wife or girlfriend requires a lot of work, but for some of these ballers, it just takes a high-profile career on the court and a ton of money floating around in the bank. Moreover, you’re balling on and off the court if you can land a drop dead gorgeous woman regardless if your own looks.
Sure, there are ugly NBA players who wouldn’t be able to get some time from attractive women if they were just average Joe’s who worked blue-collar jobs, such as plumbers, cargo handlers and sales associates. As long as you have a successful career and some money in the bank, women are going to be all over you. That’s pretty much how women are: They want emotional AND financial security from their partners or spouses.
We thought it would be fun to make a list of ugly NBA players who made headlines in the romantic relationship department by picking up chicks who are way out of their league. Obviously, we’re judging the player’s unattractiveness by their looks, not their personalities or anything like that. Maybe the player is attractive on the inside and ugly on the outside. Who knows how they truly are?
Here are 15 NBA players who wouldn’t score attractive women if they weren’t pros.
15. Boban Marjanovic
Detroit Pistons center Boban Marjanovic isn’t male eye candy for the ladies, but his on-court skills have earned him a roster spot and a lovely wife named Milica. Boban and Milica met in their home country, Serbia, and tied the knot in 2014 prior to Boban’s first offer to play for the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs. Obviously, Boban packed his bags and immediately moved to San Antonio to accept the Spurs’ offer. Milica, however, stayed behind in Serbia with their two sons along with extended family members.
Milica is a beautiful woman who can rock a hot pink bikini on the beach. Boban is a lucky man to have her, but he’s also lucky to be a basketball star because if he wasn’t a somewhat big name in hoops, he wouldn’t have been able to capture her attention in the first place.
14. Chris Kaman
There’s more than meets the eye, but free agent center Chris Kaman sort of looks like a caveman who seems to be awkward towards women in general. His wife, Emilie, looks like one of the girl-next-door types with long blonde hair and the alleged inability to understand why men have trouble keeping up with such women. You certainly don’t see women like Emilie with men like Chris on a regular basis.
Chris and Emilie have a son together. His name is Barrett Christopher Kaman, but you can call him “Bear” for short. It seems that Chris really likes bears and that’s why he named his son after an adorable animal. Hopefully, Barrett will grow up to become a cute bear like his dad wanted because he looks like an innocent kid right now.
13. Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh is a free agent center and power forward, but during his lengthy stints with the Miami Heat (2010-17) and Toronto Raptors (2003-10), he found himself a good woman, Adrienne Williams, and married her in 2011. The couple is still going strong, which is a good thing.
But it’s unlikely that Bosh landed Williams based on looks alone. Bosh is one of the household names in the basketball world. Bosh is also a genius off the court as he was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with honors from Lincoln High in Dallas, Texas. In addition, Bosh is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers as well as the Dallas Association of Minority Engineers.
12. Yao Ming
As you should already know, Yao Ming is a retired basketball center from Shanghai, China. Ming got his start in professional basketball playing for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for five years and won a championship in his fifth year in the league. After that, the Houston Rockets selected Ming with the first overall pick in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft.
Ming retired from the NBA in 2011, citing multiple injuries as the main reason. Ming was inducted to the NBA Hall of Fame in 2016. Moreover, Ming has pursued a business career as he bought his former team, the Shanghai Sharks, and became the sixth president of the CBA.
Aside from the atypical business ventures, Ming has a seemingly wonderful personal life. He’s married to a fellow Chinese basketball player named Ye Li. The couple first met when Ming was 17 years old and Li was 16 years old. Li wasn’t fond of Ming at first, but she finally gave him a chance after he gave her team pins from the 2000 Summer Olympics. That being said, Ming probably wouldn’t be able to find a cute girl if he was just average.
11. Adam Morrison
Adam Morrison is an NBA Draft bust. Morrison was considered as NCAA basketball’s best players in the 2005-06 season, was a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards. Morrison was named Co-Player of the Year alongside Duke’s J. J. Redick by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Morrison also won the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award.
After his college career, Morrison headed to the NBA after being selected by the then-Charlotte Bobcats with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2006 draft. However, he struggled to maintain consistency in the league, playing two seasons with the Bobcats (2006-08), two seasons with the L.A. Lakers (2008-10) and a brief stint with the Washington Wizards (2010) before signing one-year contracts with Red Star Belgrade of KK Crvena Zvezda and Besiktas Milangaz of the Turkish League.
While Morrison never mounted an NBA comeback, he did snag a lovely girlfriend, Mijken Nelson, who’s the mother of his son (born 2016). He also serves as the stepfather to Nelson’s two daughters from a previous relationship. At least he appears to be doing well when it comes to raising a family. After all, family is one of the most important things in life. It’s pretty much a very close union that will never be broken.
10. Shawn Bradley
Retired NBA center Shawn Bradley is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Germany. Bradley was born in Landstuhl, West Germany, and grew up in Castle Dale, Utah. He was sought after a variety of colleges in high school, but decided to commit at Brigham Young University (BYU). He finished his college career with several awards and honors, including the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Freshman of the Year, All-WAC Defensive Team and Newcomer Team Honors, and the Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press (AP).
Bradley spent 12 years in the NBA after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the second overall pick in the first round of the 1993 draft. He played for the 76ers from 1993 to 1995, then-New Jersey Nets from 1995 to 1997 and Dallas Mavericks from 1997 to 2005. He retired in 2005 and got involved with the West Ridge Academy, a school for at-risk youth in West Jordan, Utah, along with many charitable organizations, including the Basketball Without Borders program based in Africa.
Bradley has been married to his gorgeous wife, Annette Evertson, since 1993. Evertson is a great catch, and the couple have a daughter named Charity, who’s just as attractive as her mother. Charity stands at 6’4″ and plays volleyball.
9. Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis was expected to make an immediate impact when the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) selected him first overall in 2012. At 6’10, Davis dominated at Kentucky and is a modern day big man in the NBA. That being said, he doesn’t exactly practice proper grooming. Yes, it can be argued his unibrow has sort of become his signature look, but really, does any woman find that attractive in a man? Well, it seems Davis has gotten some women to overlook that, as he’s dated Dylan Gonzalez, an attractive female basketball player who played at the University of Kansas. Davis is now dating Brittney Griner, who is coming off a lesbian marriage. How many men can say they snagged a woman coming out of a relationship like that?!
8. Derrick Rose
The end of Derrick Rose’s career may be near, but if Rose decides to retire following the 2017-18 NBA season, he would’ve had a fairly long career with the Chicago Bulls (2008-16), Knicks (2016-17) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2017-18). Rose was once a superstar point guard, but injuries got the best of him since the 2011-12 season.
Rose had some bad luck in his previous relationships, including his baby mama Mieka Reese (entrepreneur), who gave birth to their son, Derrick Rose Jr., in 2012. Rose is currently dating Alaina Anderson, a 23-year-old who’s expecting a child with her basketball beau. There’s not a lot of information out there on Anderson, but she posts a lot of sizzling pictures to her 128,000 followers on Instagram. Anderson apparently loves fashion and fitness since she posts a lot of trendy looks and strong workouts on social media.
7. Joakim Noah
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah plays in his hometown, New York City, where he was born to a French tennis player father and Swedish beauty pageant contestant, Cecilia Rodhe, who was named Miss Sweden as well as a fourth runner up in the 1978 Miss Universe pageant. Despite being born to an appealing couple, Joakim didn’t win the genetics lottery.
Joakim hasn’t had much luck on the court in recent times. During the 2015 postseason, he lost his starting gig to Nikola Mirotic, who came off the bench following the Chicago Bulls’ head coaching change with Fred Hoiberg in lieu of Tom Thibodeau. He signed a four-year, $72 million contract with his hometown team, the Knicks, in 2016. The Knicks finally activated him on November 27, 2017, giving the former All-Star center his first playing time since February 2017.
Joakim may not be in his prime anymore, but he apparently has a new girlfriend, Leticia Busso, despite his struggles on the court. Not much is known about Busso, but according to the New York Post, she works as a real estate broker for the real estate company Douglas Elliman. Also, she scooped up a $5.8 million penthouse apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan for her boyfriend with the help of her fellow employees: Tal Alexander, Oren Alexander, Ian Slater and Jared Schwadron.
6. Delonte West
You might have forgotten about him, but Delonte West used to play NBA basketball as a center for the Boston Celtics (2004-07, 2010-11), then-Seattle SuperSonics (2007-08), Cleveland Cavaliers (2008-10) and Dallas Mavericks (2011-12). West had brief stints in the NBA D-league and Chinese Basketball Association, but he didn’t succeed in either of those leagues, so he hasn’t played pro basketball since then.
West married his wife, Caressa Suzzette Madden, in 2013. The couple has a son named Cash. He didn’t name is son “Delonte West Jr.” because of rumors about him making out with LeBron’s mother. He told Complex.com: “I didn’t want to name him Delonte West Jr…I don’t want my son going to school and people making fun of him for something his daddy did. He go to school and ‘Oh, didn’t your daddy have sex with LeBron momma?’ He don’t need to deal with all that.” Aside from his reported issues possibly from his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, he seems to be in a pretty good place right now.
5. Scottie Pippen
If you’re a diehard Chicago Bulls fan, you know who Scottie Pippen is. For those who aren’t too familiar with him, Pippen is a small forward who was initially selected by the then-Seattle SuperSonics, but was immediately traded to the Bulls for center Olden Polynice along with future draft pick options.
Pippen is considered one of the best small forwards of all time. He played in the NBA for 17 years, winning six championships with the Bulls. He’s the only NBAer to have won a championship title and an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
Pippen also dominated off the field, fathering eight children with four different women, two of whom were his wives. He has been married to his current wife, Larsa Younan, for the past 19 years. Younan had four kids with Pippen, but she still looks great even though she’s past her prime…There has been rumors of a divorce between the couple, but let’s hope that they’ll work on their marriage or at least avoid the drama that comes along with it.
4. Shelden Williams
It still remains a mystery on how free agent power forward and center Shelden Williams got Los Angeles Sparks WNBAer Candace Parker to marry him in 2008. Williams was just one of those NBAers who was manufactured in Duke University and became the third Duke basketball player to notch a triple-double when Duke defeated Maryland on January 11, 2006. Duke recorded 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in the win.
Unfortunately, Williams’ personal life resembled his unsteady NBA career in the United States. Williams and Parker have a daughter, Lailaa Nicole Williams, who was born on May 13, 2009. But, last year, Williams filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple separated for three months prior to Williams’ filing.
3. Ben Wallace
Sure, there are other men who are uglier than retired NBA center Ben Wallace, but Wallace was never a man who was attractive in the face. There seems to be something wrong with his genetics.
According to the Bleacher Report, a couple of NBA players have said that Wallace makes up for his facial shortcomings in other areas. A former teammate said: “How could I not look? It’s like a tripod attached to a redwood!” And yes, that’s an actual quote from someone who knew Wallace.
Wallace has been married to his wife, Chandra, since 2001. That’s nearly 17 years of marriage right there. Congratulations to the couple’s upcoming wedding anniversary, but we’re pretty sure that Chandra looked past Wallace’s appearances and looked for other lovable things about him. At least Chandra didn’t marry an extremely old man with heavy wrinkles and sagging skin, right?
2. Muggsy Bogues
Retired point guard Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues made headlines by becoming the shortest player ever to play in the NBA. Muggsy played 14 seasons in the league with the Washington Bullets (1987-88), Charlotte Hornets (1988-97), Golden State Warriors (1997-99) and Toronto Raptors (1999-2001). After his NBA career came to an end, Muggsy served as a head coach for the now-defunct Charlotte Sting (WNBA) and United Faith Christian Academy in Charlotte, N.C.
Muggsy would’ve been more attractive if he was around six-foot-four, but his wife, Kim, isn’t much taller than her hubby. However, the couple has three children and Kim works as a business owner dedicated to catering to the stars. Kim graduated from the Art Institute of Charlotte. We don’t think anyone would be dreaming about marrying Muggsy if he wasn’t a well-known NBA player. That being said, Kim apparently looks past appearances when it comes to dating, and in this case, eventually marrying.
1. Manu Ginobili
Emanuel “Manu” Ginobili Maccari is an Argentine shooting guard who has played with just one team, the San Antonio Spurs, since 2002. Manu began his basketball career with the Andino Sport Club (1995-96), Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca (1996-98), Viola Reggio Calabria (1998-2000) and Virtus Bologna (2000-02).
In 2004, Manu married a fellow Argentine named Marianela Orono, who gave birth to twin boys named Dante and Nicola six years after the wedding. Orono gave birth to her third son, Luca, in 2014. The couple seem to be a happy family.
Thankfully, Manu is still in the NBA. He recently re-signed with the Spurs on August 24, 2017. He was part of the Spurs’ big three alongside Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. He’s a four-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP and a two-time All-NBA Third Team member. He doesn’t have the striking looks of a male model as he’s starting to age a little bit…but he’s stacked in terms of talent and money.
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