NBA Draft: The Met Gala of Sports

We all know The Met Gala, the most premier fashion event of the year. The time where celebrities and anybody who is anyone dresses to the nines. Fashion critics spend days analyzing and gawking at what these A-Listers are wearing.

However, there is one event for men’s fashion that is often overlooked, the NBA Draft.

Before we get into this year’s we need to do a deep rewind to uncover how fashion has always been a priority for these players on draft night.

Draft night has been going on since 1947. However, here is arguably the top 5 draft classes’ superstars and what they wore.

1979– The Hall of Famer point guard who literally is “Magic”, Earvin “Magic” Johnson gets drafted to the Lakers. In that same year he want on to win a championship with them and be crowned the NBA Finals MVP. He was no rookie. Johnson, wearing a full 3 piece suit, really made a splash that night. Tailored jackets, simple colors, and wide ties, Johnson enters the NBA in fashion.

Photo by Marty Lederhandler

1984 Don’t know if you have heard of him or not but Michael Jordan was drafted. Along with Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton, this was a great year for the NBA. MJ going on to be one of the legends and Olajuwon winning two ¬†championships and getting NBA Finals MVP both times. Legends like these have to be dressed the best.¬†Jordan was not in attendance due to his training for the Olympics. However, number 1 pick, Olajuwon, flashes the bold red bowtie. Classic, I dig it. When David Stern did his final draft pick as NBA commissioner, Olajuwon showed up in the same tux he wore in 1984. If that ain’t cute, I don’t know what is.

Photo by @beyondthebuzzer

1996 We welcome Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Ray Allen into the league. Although many have a lot of good qualities, Iverson gets the spotlight here. Many of the players dressed like brokers, Iverson strutted into draft night wearing a baggy double-breasted suit jacket. Swimming in his own suit, this suit was influenced by Giorgio Armani’s drape look at the time. Many women stuff their bra, but I guess he was stuffing his shoulders tonight.

2003 Arguably, my favorite draft fashion from the past. Tonight, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh all crushed the fashion game, perhaps not in the best way. Looking like they are wearing their dad’s suit, this whole baggy suit trend needed to go. 2003 was a dark time for fashion, low rise jeans (which is no one’s friend), Jason Mraz Fedoras, cropped tops that were way too cropped, and my personal favorite, big hoops! Lebron, however, steps out looking like a true angel. In a stark white suit with just a touch of color from his new Cavs hat, was sensational. I don’t think there is any one else to talk about from that night LOL.

2019 Oof, look at that style. After watching the draft for four hours and admiring each suit, this picture gets me overwhelmed. At first glance of this picture, three dudes stick out to me. Zion Williamson, Darius Garland, and Bol Bol. Zion, in a full off white suit, reminded me of a discount Lebron that night. However, much much better. Darius, looking like a Jesus figure, got drafted to the Cavs looking incredible. My favorite detail, besides the long shawl jacket, was the untucked shirt. Sexy but casual, I dig it. Bol Bol, on the other hand, truly went to camp this year and has not came back. Maybe that explains why he was drafted in the second round, 44th pick. In all black attire, an embellished sparkly spider web goes across his jacket, designed by the famous Young Thug.

Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

I think my point was made. Excluding the horror of 2003, the idea of the NBA Draft. is an athlete’s Met Gala. There you have it! Did I miss someone you loved? Mention them below!!

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