The NBA is an intoxicating environment – many players who enter the big leagues come from humble backgrounds, playing their sport of choice, and are thrust into the limelight when they make a professional team straight out of college – or before, in some cases. That kind of fame and fortune leads many players to date an endless string of beautiful women just because they can. Every man has different tastes, but most NBA wives and girlfriends have one thing in common – they’re really, really, ridiculously gorgeous. A baller wants a beautiful babe on his arm, and his wife or girlfriend needs to fulfill that role. While shows like Basketball Wives might make it seem like the WAG lifestyle is all about drama and diamonds, one thing is for sure, it’s not always easy being an NBA WAG. While some women seem to be in it for the fame and money, there are others who probably wish the paparazzi wouldn’t get quite so close when they’re just showing up to root on their husband or boyfriend.
True, some NBA superstars seem to treat beautiful women like toys, being seen with a new one at every game and trading them in on a weekly basis. However, there are an equal amount of NBA players who show up to events with the same woman every time. They only have eyes for their wife, and she reciprocates by keeping herself trim and groomed for her man.
Regardless of money, cars, houses and bling, most NBA players want a woman they’re excited to come home to after tiring games and long road trips. Whether they’re the flavor of the week or the wife of ten years, here are 25 of the hottest NBA WAGs that you very well might see sitting courtside at their main man’s games.
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25 Iggy Azalea (girlfriend of Nick Young)
Thanks to her smash hit “Fancy,” unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know exactly who blonde bombshell rapper Iggy Azalea is. While many in the music business gravitate towards dating their own, Iggy was enthralled by the charming tweet of NBA player Nick Young and the two have been an item ever since. You can see her regularly as Lakers games, cheering on her man, while the Lakers inevitably lose again or celebrate excessively after winning one game.
24 Elaine Alden Fields (wife of Landry Fields)
The Toronto Raptors’ Landry Fields plays for a pretty popular NBA team, but chances are, if his wife shows up to the game, she’ll steal a fair bit of camera attention. Elaine Alden Fields is a model who has graced the pages of Maxim, FHM, Sports Illustrated and GQ, and she basically epitomizes the image of a California blonde. She started dating the NBA player in 2012, and they’ve since had a child and gotten married.
23 Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith (wife of Kenny Smith)
Osborne-Smith has been married to former NBA player Kenny Smith for nearly 10 years. Originally born in the United Kingdom, she’s made a home in the United States. Her occupation is that of many WAGs – model, etc. She’s been in several films, such as Jack and Jill and Snow Dogs, and is a regular on The Price is Right, showcasing expensive goods in style. The aspiring singer also apparently has an album in the works. Now a mother of five, she’s still happily married to Smith. You'll be able to see them in Kenny Smith and Family, a reality show that will debut on TBS, which will follow them and their children.
22 La La Vasquez Anthony (wife of Carmelo Anthony)
Everyone knows Carmelo Anthony is a skilled basketball player, but his wife Alani “La La” Anthony is equally talented in other fields. She got her start in the radio industry at 16 and her personality and on-air talent led her to snag a series of gigs, including her own show on several prominent stations. She was a MTV VJ on Total Request Live, the early 2000s phenomenon, and has had several acting roles. The couple was engaged in 2004 and married in 2010 in a ceremony filmed as part of the reality television series La La’s Full Court Wedding.
21 Kayla Wallace (girlfriend of Isaiah Thomas)
While she’s certainly gorgeous enough to be a model, Wallace has dedicated herself to being the best possible mom to the couple’s child, Jaiden. She also helps Isaiah with his son from another woman, proving just what a class act this bombshell is. Thomas definitely isn’t keeping this hottie in the shadows – he proudly goes with her to boxing matches and more. Even a move can’t separate the couple – Wallace is happily going with Thomas to Boston since he was traded. You could probably safely bet that this couple will end up married within the next few years – Thomas should definitely lock down a woman this hot and sweet.
20 Meghan Allen (wife of Devin Harris)
Some WAGs have highly successful careers, but many end up falling into the model/actress/reality television star category. Harris’ wife Meghan Allen is one of the latter. She met the basketball player when he walked into a Dallas bar where she was bartending and they’ve been together ever since. She’s been on several reality television series, including Fear Factor and Momma’s Boy, and even got her own spread as January 2008 Playboy Cyber Playmate of the month.
19 Yvette Prieto (wife of Michael Jordan)
There’s this retired NBA player named Michael Jordan, you may have heard of him. When a sports superstar of that caliber gets hitched, everyone is eager to know who the woman on his arm is. So, who is Yvette Prieto? She claims her career is as a model, but she isn’t really a magazine cover staple. At any rate, since dating Jordan she can definitely call herself a hot WAG. She is Jordan’s second wife, coming after his ex-wife Juanita, who was with him over 17 years.
18 Chelsea Kilgore Redick (wife of J.J. Redick)
Redick and his wife Chelsea dated for quite awhile before getting married in 2010, and the couple are still going strong. When she’s not doing her WAG duties, Chelsea makes her living as a pilates instructor. She’s also very involved in the J.J. Redick Foundation, which she helps her hubby run.
17 Vanessa Bryant (wife of Kobe Bryant)
The Bryants are basically the entertainment industry version of high school sweethearts. The couple met when Vanessa was still a high school student and married at the ages of 19 and 22, respectively. They’ve certainly undergone their fair share of drama regarding Kobe’s philandering, which we don't need to rehash, but at the end of the day, they just keep coming back to each other.
16 Axelle Francine (wife of Tony Parker)
Tony Parker’s first wife was the unbelievably gorgeous actress Eva Longoria – those are pretty big shoes to fill. However, his new wife, French journalist Axelle Francine, certainly is no slouch herself. Francine began dating Parker shortly after his divorce and the two eventually got hitched. Surprisingly, Parker didn’t go for the typical ten years younger model that seems to lure many NBA players away from their wives. Francine is in her 30s and has a Master’s degree in information and communication. One can only wonder if she’s going to get into sports journalism – she does have an inside connection in the NBA, after all.
15 Jessica Olsson (wife of Dirk Nowitzki)
Dirk Nowitzki’s wife Jessica was born in Kenya, and her hubby Dirk isn’t the only professional athlete in the family – both her younger brothers play soccer on a professional level. She met the tall German drink of water when vacationing in Scotland in 2010 and the couple wed in Texas in 2012. The couple have a daughter together, but Jessica isn’t content to be a stay-at-home WAG – she’s currently the associate director of Dallas’ Goss-Michael Foundation Art Gallery.
14 Porschla Coleman (wife of Jason Kidd)
In the tradition of smoking hot second wives comes Porschla Coleman, who is married to retired NBA player and current NBA coach Jason Kidd. Kidd was first married to ex-wife Joumana before tying the knot with Porschla in 2011. The couple have two children together and she keeps her post-baby body by following a vegan diet and doing lots of yoga. She helps oversee the Jason Kidd Foundation.
13 Kristen Blake (wife of Steve Blake)
While he should certainly be commended for making it into the NBA, Steve Blake isn’t exactly on par with the greats like LeBron James or Kevin Durant. However, he does have a pretty incredible wife. His wife Kristen shows up to his games, smiling and enthusiastic, and she’s equally warm hearted in the off season – the couple worked together to sponsor a young girl in Rwanda.
12 Amelia Vega (wife of Al Horford)
Amelia Vega is the wife of Al Horford, but she certainly doesn’t need her man to introduce her into the limelight – she was at the center of the public’s attention in 2003 when she was crowned Miss Universe. Come on, how many guys get to say they're dating Miss Universe. Well played Al Hordford. She married Horford in 2011 and the couple have a child together.
11 Crystal Renee (girlfriend of Kevin Durant)
10 Hazel Renee (girlfriend of John Wall)
Wall’s girlfriend Hazel is – you guessed it – a model. Her Filipino/African American/Puerto Rican background gives her a unique and gorgeous look. She got her start in pageants and talent shows and has had several television appearances. However, this woman may be smarter than she first appears – amidst all that modeling, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in entertainment PR.
9 Maliah Michel (girlfriend of James Harden)
When James Harden gets home from a long day running up and down the court, he doesn’t want to have a complex conversation with his physicist girlfriend. He wants a nice welcome home and a relaxing evening, something that his girlfriend Maliah Michel likely provides, as she's a exotic dancer. Maliah isn’t likely to get too starstruck by the NBA superstar, as her dating rap sheet includes several rappers and athletes.