The weirdest hairstyles in NBA history are sure to give Oakland Raiders’ owner Mark Davis a run for his money. For those who haven’t even heard of Davis, he probably has the weirdest hairstyle not just in the NFL, but the entire modern sports world.
Check out a photo of him here. If that hairstyle isn’t weird, we certainly don’t know what is.
On the NBA front, listing these hairstyles ought to make hoops fans realize just just how entertaining a league they have. Guys like Dennis Rodman, Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Scot Pollard are just the tip of the iceberg. With today’s generation of young players breaking into the pro ranks, expect the number of weird hairstyles to escalate in the years to come.
Imagine if Rodman, Andersen, and Pollard were told to sport a decent hairstyle by their respective teams. Imagine if all NBA teams were like Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, who frown on long, shabby hairstyles as well as scruffy beards and mustaches.
Hairstyles simply fit a certain player’s style on the hardwood. Who would fans associate with more : A Latrell Sprewell who dunks ferociously on the fastbreak with or without his dreadlocks?
It’s no surprise “hair” rhymes with “flair.” That’s just the way it is in the NBA, as allowing players to sport their own hairstyles and be themselves let’s fans truly understand the players they devote their time to watching.
For the purposes of this article, we will rate the weird hairstyles according to how much a random fan’s eyes would bulge out the first time they see it.
Let the fun begin.
15. Moochie Norris, 2002
Martyn “Moochie” Norris will go down as a player with one of the most unique nicknames in NBA history. He will also be remembered for having one of the weirdest hairstyles.
Norris’ NBA career lasted nine seasons. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 assists per game during his mediocre career.
An afro he sported during the 2002-2003 NBA season made him look like he was a 1970s ABA player sans the tight shorts.
14. Andrei Kirilenko, 2010-2014
During his first few years with the Utah Jazz, Andrei Kirilenko looked like a pogo-stick version of his fictitious countryman, Ivan Drago of Rocky IV.
His crew-cut hairstyle looked pretty decent. In fact, it suited him to a T.
And then the bottom fell out.
Once his career with the Jazz wound down, he grew his hair to a length which made him somewhat unrecognizable. His hairdo is really a cross between Lloyd Christmas’ (portrayed by Jim Carrey in “Dumb and Dumber”) bangs and Dwayne Schintzius’ mullet.
Please, Andre, we badly miss your crew cut.
13. Steve Nash, 2003-2007
This one probably needs no explanation. Nash’s tour of duty with the Phoenix Suns was a memorable one. His 2006-07 NBA season was arguably his finest. That year, he averaged 18.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 11.6 assists. He is truly a playmaker in the purest sense of the word.
Could his hairstyle back then have something to do with his great showing on the court?
Nash will forever be linked to his long locks which were parted in the middle. Fans were as dazzled with his play as much as they were distracted when he tried to fix his hair during a game.
12. Chris Kaman, 2006
We just don’t know what to make of Chris Kaman’s hairdo when he played for the Los Angeles Clippers.
At first glance, he looked more like a heavy metal front-man than a basketball player. Or maybe Hulk Hogan. Whenever he tried to defend an opposing center, go up for a shot, or grab a rebound, his hair was just all over the place.
It’s a good thing Kaman decided to shear his locks. Since he left the Clippers after the 2010-11 NBA season, he has gone bald and grown a beard. This look fits him better.
Kaman is now playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. While he’ll never be as good as Arvydas Sabonis, he’ll get to enjoy playoff runs for the next few years without his Hulk Hogan look.
11. Jason Kidd, 2000
Jason Kidd sporting a blond hairstyle is just flat-out weird.
We’ve seen Ron Artest and draft bust Darko Milicic go blond, but Kidd beats them by a mile on the weirdness scale. It just doesn’t fit his image.
Just like Steve Nash, Kidd was a prolific playmaker (he averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists during his 19-year NBA career). We are hoping that Kidd, who now calls the shots for the Milwaukee Bucks, will be successful as a head coach as he was as a player.
10. Dennis Rodman, 1993-2000
As eccentric a character as Dennis Rodman was, there are other NBA players who had weirder hairstyles than his.
More on that in a moment.
Rodman’s adventure with outrageous hairstyles began in 1993—his first year with the San Antonio Spurs. He didn’t just go blond, he also dyed his hair red, purple, and blue. His assortment of tattoos completed his “Demolition Man” look.
Rodman was relentless on the basketball court. During the Chicago Bulls’ three-year title run from 1996-1998, he averaged more than 15 rebounds per game. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2011.
It just goes to show everyone hair is just a small part in the greater scheme of things in the NBA.
9. Mike Miller, 2008
Mike Miller’s headband look when he was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008 is just plain weird.
The hairstyle is a complete turnaround from his clean-cut days with the Florida Gators from 1998-2000 and his early NBA career. Dennis Rodman’s was also weird, but it reflected his gung-ho style of play. As for Miller? We don’t even know where to begin.
We’re happy for Miller for a number of reasons. First, he did away with the mop he sported for several seasons. Thank God. Secondly, he won his first NBA championship ring in 2011-12 as a member of the Miami Heat. He’s not the scorer he once was, but he’s sure been an effective role player.
Who knows? He could win a third NBA title alongside four-time MVP LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
8. Anderson Varejao, 2004-present
With his traditional long and curly hair, who doesn’t know Anderson Varejao?
When Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao broke into the NBA ranks in 2004, fans had never seen a hairstyle as wild as his. However, as time passed, people would learn to pay attention to his hustle on the court more than his hair.
Whenever he goes up to grab a rebound, his long, curly locks flail furiously. His hairstyle has been intertwined with his personality to the extent it’s virtually impossible to imagine him with a shorter and more simple hairstyle.
Sadly for the Cavs, Varejao is expected to miss the rest of the season.
7. Chris “Birdman” Andersen, 2006-present
As outrageous as Chris “Birdman”Andersen looks, you have to admit he’s a darn efficient player.
In 2001, Andersen made NBA history by being the first D-League player to be called up by an NBA team, the Denver Nuggets. Since then, he’s played an integral role for every franchise he’s played for, most notably the Miami Heat.
He and another baller with a once-weird hairstyle, Mike Miller, both earned their first NBA title rings with the Miami Heat a few years ago.
Andersen has sported long locks and an assortment of mohawks since his days with the then-New Orleans Hornets in 2006. Yes, his hairstyles are weird. But just like Dennis Rodman’s, they take a backseat to what ultimately counts: Playing hard and winning championships.
6. Ronny Turiaf, 2008
Whenever Ronny Turiaf sports dreadlocks, it’s really nothing out of the ordinary in today’s NBA.
However, when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2007-08 NBA season, he wore his long hair without the dreadlocks but with a hairband instead. Needless to say, it looked pretty outlandish.
Thank goodness he got rid of it. It’s something we definitely won’t miss.
What we will miss, however, is Turiaf’s professionalism and down-to-earth attitude. He survived the rigors of the NBA mainly because of his hustle. It’s just unfortunate he doesn’t have a team right now, as the Philadelphia 76ers waived him on December 23rd, 2014.
5. Scot Pollard, 1997-2008
No other NBA player was more adventurous with his hair than journeyman backup center Scot Pollard. Among the hairstyles he’s had include a mohawk, a single pony tail, and a double pony tail. He’s also gone bald.
Pollard played for the exciting Sacramento Kings of the late 1990s and early 2000s with guys such as Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Jason Williams and Peja Stojakovic. Because of his different hairdos, the Kings labeled him “Samurai Scot.”
Pollard certainly didn’t play like a Samurai. He had limited moves on offense. His priorities were to grab rebounds and defend opposing centers—and he had a lot of success doing that.
For now, we will miss his hair. Or lack of it, depending on his mood.
4. Dwayne Schintzius, 1990-99
The late Dwayne Schintzius will always be remembered for his mullet.
What most people don’t know is that his mullet was known way back during his college days with the Florida Gators as “The Lobster.” When Don DeVoe took over as head coach of the Gators in 1989, Schintzius took exception and skipped the team’s first practice.
The team eventually suspended him after he was allegedly involved in a brawl in a frat house. DeVoe set several conditions for Schintzius to return to the team, per a Jan 1990 New York Times article. One was to get a haircut. He claims he did cut his hair, but that he still quit the team because of his issues with the coach.
The San Antonio Spurs ended up drafting Schintzius 24th overall in 1990. He eventually grew his mullet back. He passed away due to respiratory failure in 2012 at the age of 43.
Rest in peace, big guy.
3. Danny Fortson, 2006-2007
It turns out one of the things we’ll remember about the Seattle SuperSonics before they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 is power forward Danny Fortson’s hairstyle.
It’s hard to blame the casual NBA fan for not remembering Fortson, a first-round draft choice of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1997, as he had an unremarkable pro career.
Just to refresh your memory, Forston grew his hair long and at one point wore it as two pigtails. It’s really the type of hairdo that completely blows away Anderson Varejao’s and Dennis Rodman’s hair on the weirdness meter.
No matter how extreme Fortson’s hair was, it didn’t help take his game to a different level. He never averaged more than 7.5 points per game in a Sonics uniform.
2. Michael Beasley, 2010-2012
When forward Michael Beasley was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2010-12, he looked more like a lion.
That’s because his weird hairstyle resembled the the king of the jungle’s mane during his two-year stint in Minnesota. It’s pretty similar to Ronny Turiaf’s. If you have long, curly hair and refused to have it dreadlocked, this is what happens.
On another note, Beasley’s hair back then looked like he was electrocuted or struck by lightning.
These extreme definitions really say it all: His hairstyle was one of the weirdest the NBA has ever seen. However, there was one more hairdo that made most NBA fans’ eyes bulge out.
1. Vladimir Radmanovic, 2005
No other NBA hairstyle is weirder than what former Seattle SuperSonic forward Vladimir Radmanovic wore in 2005.
Dreadlocks and braids are a good combination for some women, and even some men. However, this definitely does not hold true for Radmanovic. The hairstyle was not just weird, it was not just awful—it was an eyesore.
To this we dare say: What was “Vlad Rad” thinking?
Radmanovic did play 12 seasons in the NBA, but they went largely under the radar. He was mainly known for his marksmanship from the perimeter. We’re just thankful he wised up and got rid of those braids quickly.
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