In 2005, the NBA introduced a dress code. The dress code was put in place to help clean up the NBA's image. The dress code made it mandatory for players to wear a jacket and a tie before games, after games, during interviews, on the bench while injured and in attendance at league charity events. At that time, the dress code irritated the players but as time went on, it became easier as the players adjusted and started to embrace it.
Over the years, players have taken to the dress code and have started to dress up in places other than the NBA mandated areas. Fashion has become a serious interest for many NBA players and some have been spotted in New York Fashion Week. Some players have gotten involved as they either have collaborated or designed menswear collections, tie collections, watches, etc... Others have made fashion statements with their outfits. Hiring a fashion stylist is becoming crucial as players want to be noticed in other areas besides the basketball world. Fashion is not just mixing into NBA players lives but becoming one of the various ways they can make a name for themselves.
There are many NBA players who dress well. There are a few that don't. However, there are a couple of players who dress well and do so regularly. Listed below are the top 15 players who are the best dressed among all the players. Most of the names are stars or superstars in their own right and to them dressing well is very important.
15 15. Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett is one of the most intriguing NBA players who has experienced much success over his NBA career. His fashion sense is a good reflection of that success. Off the court, Garnett has many interests. He is well known for being one of the best dressed players in the league. In 2013, Vanity Fair listed Kevin Garnett as one of the 10 best dressed players in the NBA.
14 Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard has had a lot of personal success on the court which has made him into one of the biggest superstars in the Association. It has also affected his personal style as he became known as one of the best dressed players in the league. In 2012, Esquire Magazine put Howard as one of the best well suited athletes. In 2013, Vanity Fair listed Howard as one of the 10 best dressed players in the NBA.
13 Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose is having a strong comeback season after he has suffered from several major injuries. The former MVP was able to highlight his fashion sense during the time he spent on the bench. Although he made headlines for dressing up as as a Duck Dynasty character for his son's birthday in 2013, Rose is quickly becoming known as one of the best dressed players in the league. In 2012, GQ Magazine listed Derrick Rose as one of the most stylish NBA players of all time.
12 Steve Nash
While Steve Nash hasn't played a minute this season for the Los Angeles Lakers, the former MVP has always dressed well. In fact, GQ Magazine in 2005 named Steve Nash as one of the best dressed players in the league. During the NBA lockout in 2011, he designed his own suit and accessories collection with the menswear company Indochino. The collection consisted of six suits, ties, pocket squares and cuff links.
11 Chris Bosh
As an NBA champion and an All-Star, Chris Bosh has had much success on the court. Off the court however, he is known for his charity efforts and for his fashion sense. In 2014, Vanity Fair named Chris Bosh as one of the best dressed players in the NBA. He recently collaborated with Armstrong & Wilson to create a a necktie line. The necktie line is called "Mr. Nice Tie" and it features ties with different colours and textures that are a part of Bosh's personal style.
10 Tony Parker
Tony Parker has had an impressive NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs by winning multiple championships as well as being an international NBA star. Tony Parker is also well known for being one of the best dressed players in the league, bringing his European fashion sense with him to North America. This led him to being one of the brand ambassadors for Tissot watches. The watches are designed for everyone. They either come in come in either a classic or a sporty style and are affordable.
9 Kevin Durant
The reigning MVP Kevin Durant has had a rough start to this season. Injuries sidelined him and while he was recovering he often wore his best suits on the bench. His style was noticed as off the court Durant is widely recognized as one of the best dressed players in the league. In 2012, GQ Magazine listed Kevin Durant as one of the most stylish players all time in the NBA. In 2013, Vanity Fair listed him as one of the best dressed players in the NBA. He also made the 2014 ESPYs best dressed list.
8 Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler is playing for the Dallas Mavericks who are aiming to win their second championship. Before he was traded to the Mavericks, he played for the New York Knicks. While living in New York City, Tyson Chandler started to incorporate the city style to his wardrobe. During New York Fashion Week he sat in the front row next to Vogue's editor in chief Anna Wintour. He started to become known for being one of the best dressed players in the league. In 2013, Vanity Fair listed Tyson Chandler as one of the top 10 best dressed players in the NBA.
7 Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has had a lot of personal success and has become one of the NBA's superstars. He is married to a fashionista in LaLa Vasquez and lives in one of the world's biggest fashion capitals. He is often seen at New York Fashion Week shows. Carmelo Anthony has taken his fashion sense and became one of the well known best dressed players in the league. In 2013, Vanity Fair listed Carmelo Anthony as one of the top 10 best dressed players in the NBA.
6 Lebron James
Lebron James is one of the world's biggest sports figures and has experienced tremendous success as an NBA player. As his NBA stardom grew, so did his style. Lebron James became one of the best dressed players in the league. He appeared on the cover of Vogue in 2008 with model Gisele Bundchen. In 2013, GQ Magazine named Lebron James the best dressed player in the NBA. Lebron's a superstar and he looks the part.
5 Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant is one of the biggest sports stars in the world. He lives in Los Angeles which is another fashion capital of the world. As a well known public figure, Kobe Bryant has over the years become one of the famous and best dressed players in the league. In 2007, SI listed him as one of the best dressed players. In 2012, GQ Magazine listed Kobe Bryant as one of the most stylish NBA players of all time. Also in 2012, Esquire Magazine put him as one of the best dressed players on the red carpet. Kobe Bryant has also appeared on the cover of GQ twice (once for U.S. version, the other for the Italian version).
4 Amar'e Stoudemire
Amar'e Stoudemire is currently finishing up his final season in his contract with the New York Knicks. When Amar'e Stoudemire is not playing, one of his off court interests include fashion. His love of fashion can be seen everywhere he goes especially in New York City. His website includes a section of his fashion interest. He also has designed a line with Rachel Roy. He is often seen in many fashion shows and is one of the NBA players that have sat beside Vogue's editor in chief Anna Wintour at New York Fashion Week.
3 Chris Paul
Chris Paul is one of the NBA's top point guards who has had personal success over his NBA career. Off the court, Chris Paul is noted for being one of the best dressed players in the league. He's gotten even more attention since being traded to the L.A. Clippers a few years ago. In 2012, Chris Paul's teammates voted him as the best dressed player on the team. In 2013, Vanity Fair listed Chris Paul as one of the top 10 best dressed players in the NBA.
2 Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is one of the NBA's top point guards who currently is playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. When Westbrook is not playing one of his off court interests include his love of fashion. His name is often mentioned as one of the best dressed players in the league. He is also often on many worst dressed lists. The reason for why he is ranked so high despite many worst dressed moments is because he is a trend setter and experiments with many fashion choices. His teammate Kevin Durant believes that Russell Westbrook is the best dressed player in the NBA.
1 Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade is an NBA star who has proven to be a winner on the court. Like the other players before him he has many off-court interests. Fashion is one of them. He has become one of the famous best dressed players in the league. He is ranked no.1 on this list because numerous players have Dwyane Wade as their top choice as the best dressed player. In 2011, SI asked 137 NBA players who had the best fashion sense and Wade came in first. Wade has also been on many best dressed lists and recently had a couple of worst dressed moments like Russell Westbrook. What separates Wade from Westbrook is that Dwyane Wade has been on the best dressed list for years and until Russell Westbrook catches up, the title of best dressed player goes to Dwyane Wade.