NBA Style Rankings: Jazz Players Find Their Spots, KAT Drives a BMW and More

As we discover our progress with the NBA Style Rankings, you’ll notice a few new faces this week, as well as some returnees. Leather jackets and shirts might be a sign that we’re transitioning from fall to winter, because we’ve been seeing it more and more lately.

Another race week sees a new No. 1 and even highlights some Halloween fun. If you’re a Utah Jazz fan, you might want to pay attention. Let’s get into the rankings below:

It’s only fitting that I have at least one Halloween costume for this edition. Vanderbilt and Horton-Tucker, in their first seasons with the Utah Jazz, dressed as “Craig” and “Smokey” from the classic movie Friday, starring Ice Cube (Craig) and Chris Tucker (Smokey).

It was a creative costume that also let me know that their movie tastes go back at least to when they were born.

9. Brandon Boston Jr., LA Clippers

It’s all in the jersey of Clippers second-year guard Brandon Boston. A Bape and Garfield collaboration shirt isn’t something you see every day, and whenever I see a collaboration with a brand like Bape, I’m likely to be interested.

Because of how impressive the shirt is, all it took was a pair of ripped jeans and a pair of shoes. I prefer this approach rather than fitting with flashy shoes or pants that might take away from the shirt. Simplicity is key here for the Georgia native.

Last week was a great one for Tyler Hero. Not only him hit a game-winning triple to beat the Sacramento Kings, but he also made his NBA style chart debut.

Based on what I’ve seen before of Hero’s interest in high fashion, this was probably a last-minute fit for him. And if that’s true, it only adds to how fresh this carefree pregame style is: a white Givenchy camo jacket with white cargo pants and white shoes (third photo), and a white Goyard backpack for good measure. He’s ready for an NBA game, but at the same time, he could be the freshest guy at your nearest ski slope.

The Timberwolves All-Star has been a pleasant surprise this season with his pregame seizures. I got a few looks from him when he took the BMW out of gear, but that’s the best I’ve seen.

This looks like the front end of a red BMW E30 M3 built roughly between 1986-91. The cargo pants and Jordan 1s pull off the sweater nicely, and the chains and sunshades are the perfect accents. Minnesota is just 5-5 through its first 10 games, but Towns has been on a roll with his pregame pitches this season.

Back-to-back appearances here for Simmons, who has done a great job with his fashion sense. The suede shirt in multiple shades of brown makes the front pockets stand out as the different colors highlight different things on each side.

One of the subtlest parts of this fit is the brown tape and sole on Simmons’ white Air Force 1s, which match the hat he’s wearing. Simmons ended up sitting out that game with an injury, but still came up so fast.

Bazley makes his first appearance in this ranking and does so rocking possibly the most unique pair of pants I’ve ever ranked.

It was clear that Bazley knew that his pants should be the most eye-catching part of his figure. The black jacket/black beret combo adds an extra layer that makes it feel a little worldly. And even though the shoes are white, they are still Louis Vuitton sneakers. The black Ferrari and Range Rover create a top-notch backdrop.

The second-year Rockets guard is making his ranking debut this season, but you might want to get familiar with him. He was one of the stories of the 2021 NBA Draft with his suit. Not much has changed since draft night for Green; he clearly still arrives at games with the same confidence he showed back then.

There’s a lot to like about his Louis Vuitton leather jacket. First, the recognizable ‘LV’ logo looks almost etched into the leather, so you’ll feel it when you touch the jacket. In addition, the pockets built into the front of the jacket are not only visually appealing, but also functional. Not much accessorizing is needed for this fit, but chains and black nail polish were just enough.

Kuzma is known for being one of the most stylish players in the league – for better or worse, depending on your sense of style. Generally speaking, I think his moves are pretty hit or miss, but I can appreciate this look for a few reasons.

The first is the leather shirt. At first glance, it almost looks like a jacket, but it’s actually a button-up leather shirt. The rose gold watch and futuristic hues make for great accessories. And the hat is something I’ve never seen before: If you look close enough, there’s a pocket above the brim. If I had to bet on anyone in these rankings wearing something I’ve never seen before, my money would be on Kuz.

Goyard luggage deployment is added flexibility.

The Jazz may be the surprise of the league so far with a 7-3 record, but what Alexander-Walker is doing with his pregame moves is far from a shock. The purple Louis Vuitton jacket was more than enough to be the focal point of the outfit, but it could be argued that every part of Alexander-Walker’s look was the focal point. I usually only rate one focal point, but here I had to make an exception.

The Newcastle Brown Ale Nike Dunks match the orange “L” of the letter perfectly, and he found pants with accents of purple, orange and yellow, all of which are colors throughout the cut. The gold ring on his index finger is the only piece of jewelry, but it stands out for that.

Clarkson, someone I’m surprised took this long to appear on this list, stole the show this week. The orange vest and Syracuse Nike Dunks were a perfect match. Note the light brown pockets which I think make the orange pop even more.

I hope you can appreciate baggy pants as much as I do. Clarkson definitely contributed to his place on this list. A white long-sleeve T-shirt completes the look; I can’t imagine a short sleeve shirt looking so smooth with a cardigan.

And finally, I can’t forget the black nails. The level of confidence it takes to paint your nails is something I can respect.

(Jordan Clarkson photo: Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

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