2015 NBA draft superlatives: The best reactions, the worst suits and more
A lot of tough decisions are made on NBA draft night, and those decisions will follow the young men who are selected for the rest of their careers.
I am talking, of course, of the fashion choices of the 2015 rookie class, which are just part of what makes the NBA draft the most fun non-sporting sports event of the year.
Below, you will find all of highlights, lowlights and sartorial boldness that make the NBA draft more than just a list of names. Let's dive in.
Most Predictable Reaction
Least Predictable Reaction
After the Nuggets picked Emmauel Mudiay, Ty Lawson did his best impersonation of the Hookah smoking caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland and dropped some bombs about his future with the team, and the rumored DeMarcus Cousins-to-Denver deal.
Best Reason to Love Porzingis
"He has a great sense of American culture," a Kristaps Porzingis teammate told me. "He goes on WorldStarHipHop every day."— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) June 26, 2015
Knicks fans may not have been happy when their team selected Porzingis, but this fun fact must have melted their icy hearts just a little bit. Surely, they can find some common ground in the universal love of World Star Hip-Hop's D-list rap brawls.
Most Concerning Scouting Report
Analysts were concerned about Jahlil Okafor because he doesn’t play enough defense. Analysts were concerned about Willie Cauley-Stein because he doesn’t provide enough offense. But the draftee with the biggest flaw may have been Pacers' draft pick Myles Turner, who, according to ESPN's Jay Bilas, “has trouble running in a straight line.” That seems like a very important basketball skill.
Honorable mention to Celtics pick Terry Rozier whose only downsides are "he's small and he can't shoot." That's not a big deal, right?
Jay Biles on Rozier "The only downside is he's small and he can't shoot." Okay, sign him up.— Kevin McNamara (@KevinMcNamara33) June 26, 2015
Best Welcome Committee
Hey, Justise Winslow... Welcome to Miami, now get used to ppl misspelling your 1st name. I know a guy who dealt w/ the same thing :)— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) June 26, 2015
Justise Winslow fell a little lower than some people expected, but it was likely worth the wait, as he gets to join two proven All-Stars in Miami, and got a welcome tweet from Gabrielle Union.
Worst Welcome Committee
It may seem like just yesterday that he was a teenage star of the Spanish national team, but Ricky Rubio is now a veteran presence on an Timberwolves squad full of young guns, and he is establishing his leadership early through a time tested piece of hazing.
Best (or Worst) Suit
This belongs to Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas in a rout. Fashion is all about confidence, as they say, and Cavaliers fans can rest easy in knowing Christmas has it by the boatload, with a bright-colored floral pattern and contrast sleeves.
Best Suit Lining
The specialized suit lining first showed up at the draft a few years ago with some international players representing their homelands, but Frank Kaminsky called to mind his "Frank the Tank" nickname with his perfect customized look.
The key to success is in the details, and Willie Cauley-Stein obviously understands that, as seen in this amazing monogrammed medallion he wore on draft night, to live up to his "Trill" nickname.
Most Ubiquitous Look
All these guys have been around each other quite a bit for the last 48 hours. Could Porzingis and Okafor have planned this or are red shawl neck tuxedo jackets the must have menswear item of the summer? The worst part is they were beat to the punch by some NFL draftees. The NBA cannot give up its fashion edge to football.
D'Angelo Russell went with a slight variation of gray as a nod to his time at Ohio State, but the minor difference was not enough to set him apart from his fellow top-5 picks.
Most Upside in a Selfie
Look at all that wingspan in just one selfie. Jay Bilas is giving this one a Fav and an RT.
Worst Team Needs
Look at the bright side Knicks fans, there is nowhere to go but up during the Porzingis era.
Worst Post-Draft Interview
Do you know all the words to "Untitled" by D'Angelo? Do you only eat at D'Angelo's Grilled Sandwiches?