2022 NBA Playoffs – Eye-Catching Playoff First Round Outfits
Pre-game fashion has become woven into the fabric of the NBA, with some players building a reputation for their wardrobe selections.
Washington Wizards small forward Kyle Kuzma has emerged as a league favorite in eye-catching outfits during the regular season.
“I always look at fashion not like I just put clothes on, but I put together a story and a look that when you see me it’s a conversation piece,” he told the conference room.
Kuzma’s team didn’t make the playoffs, so he won’t be able to wear his unique cuts on the pre-game track. But a handful of players stepped in and stood out in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies, Game 6
Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. arrived at a potentially decisive Game 6 against Minnesota wearing a multi-colored Versace sweater and blue Air Jordan 1s.
game 6 otw. pic.twitter.com/5rQtUHpjr0
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) April 29, 2022
After the game, his Grizzlies teammate Dillon Brooks objected her outfit against Jackson.
“First of all, before you start, who is better suited: me or Trip? [Jackson]?” Brooks said.
Jackson’s form hasn’t overtaken Brooks’, according to reporters. The 22-year-old didn’t seem bothered by the result.
“It’s because I’m experimental…I push boundaries,” Jackson said.
DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls, Game 5
Ahead of the Bulls’ win or comeback contest against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, DeRozan paid tribute to Illinois musical artist Juice WRLD with his outfit. The Chicago guard wore a Juice WRLD Galaxy hoodie made by fashion company Vlone. Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Higgins, died of a drug overdose in December 2019.
—Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 27, 2022
Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets, Game 3
Simmons’ look on the court on Saturday against the Boston Celtics contrasted perfectly with the Nets’ black and white uniforms.
Ben Simmons’ outfit really stands out on the Nets bench 😅 pic.twitter.com/psIWvKvxWS
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 24, 2022
Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns, Game 3
Ahead of Friday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Paul has put together an impressive costume combination. A whole choice of colors.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 23, 2022
Serge Ibaka, Milwaukee Bucks, Game 3
Ibaka has been an NBA fashion guru during his 14-year career, especially with his striking scarves during his days with the Toronto Raptors. His quirky fashion made another appearance before Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls. The relaxed fit included a brim hat, cardigan and handbag.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) April 22, 2022
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, Game 2
Smart won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award on Monday, the first time a point guard has won the honor since Gary Payton in the 1995-96 season. Since this is Smart’s first time winning DPOY, he donned a special robe that signified his accomplishment by entering Game 2 against the Brooklyn Nets.
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) April 20, 2022
James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers, Game 1
Harden is no stranger to luxury couture. Last year, he was seen at Paris Fashion Week and was named to the board of Saks Fifth Avenue.
Prior to his playoff debut with the Sixers, he wore the Louis Vuitton Blue & White “Puppet” Varsity Jacket. The colorful crocheted plush figures pinned to the coat really make the jacket stand out.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 16, 2022
Maxey wore No. 3 before he was drafted by Philly, but since that number was retired in honor of Allen Iverson, he had a decision to make.
“All my life I’ve worn 3. I couldn’t get that one here,” the first-round pick said.
He paid tribute to the Sixers legend by wearing an Iverson jersey that featured several Basketball Hall of Famer photos.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 16, 2022
It ended up being an appropriate outfit choice. Maxey’s 38 points in Game 1 were the most in a playoff opener by a 76ers player since AI in 2003.
Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanović, Utah Jazz, Game 1
Some players take an adventurous take on fashion, while others go for the classic suit and tie look. With a little customization, these jazz stars had no problem rocking the tried-and-true combination.
Clarkson donned a Midnight Studios white button-down shirt with a black tie and trousers, the leather harness adding a modern twist to an old classic.
Bogdanović chose a more traditional route with his all-black ensemble and a clutch that provided a pop of color.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 16, 2022
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, Game 1
After missing a month with a foot injury, Curry returned to the Warriors roster on April 16 against the Denver Nuggets. The coat he wore in his first game back took the dynamism to a new level.
– Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 16, 2022