Throughout all of the excitement over the 2014 NBA Draft, there were a lot of comments made about the draftees’ fashion choices. Although fashion was not the primary focus of the event, it certainly caught everyone’s attention!. Check out our gallery with photos of some of our favorite looks from the night!
Two of the athletes featured in our gallery had something extra special to share. While many people noted their choices of color or style for their suits, some of the young men had more to show off than what was visible on the surface. Here, #6 pick Marcus Smart shows off the inside of his jacket. At a glance, and as some people criticized, it appears to be graffiti. However, when you look closely, Smart’s design incorporates aspects of his life that are really close to his heart. Most importantly, the jacket features a tribute to his brother, Todd Westbrook, who died in 2004 after a long battle with cancer at the age of 33. Smart’s first tattoo is also a tribute to Westbrook. When he first arrived at Oklahoma State, the number 3 (which had always been his number) was retired. He then chose #33 in honor of his brother.
Another athlete with a story to share was #15 pick, Adreian Payne. Though many criticized his bright and somewhat gaudy ensemble, it looks that way deliberately. Payne’s look was a tribute to a special friend: Lacey Holsworth (pictured below). The 8 year old Michigan State fan lost her battle with cancer this past spring – a tragedy that devastated the entire campus and sports fans across the nation. They became good friends while Payne was making a visit to the hospital, and he soon became her “Superman.” Their incredible story touched the hearts of many. Payne told The State News, “I wore this for Lacey Holsworth, and it’s the color of her cancer that she had, leukemia.” Aside from the color, Payne also had “Adreian and Lacey” embroidered on the inside of his jacket to commemorate the little girl that was so close to him.
Besides the special touches added by Smart and Payne, one other stood out among the crowd of athletes. Aaron Gordon’s blue suit (BITNB!) was shockingly similar to that of the Orlando Magic. The mere 18 year old attended the NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The blue shade of his suit was shockingly similar to that of the Orlando Magic, but Gordon claims it was not his forecast of the draft’s outcome. Whether it was a simple coincidence or an accurate prediction, the similarity in shades of blue drew a lot of attention.
As always, so many different styles were represented in this year’s NBA draft. Many of the ensembles seemed to showcase the personality of the player who wore it. Some raised eyebrows, others stood out for being perfectly classic. Either way, last night’s NBA Draft proved that there is never a shortage of fashion waiting to be critiqued.
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