Top 5 Tuesday: Which NBA players actually pulled off dyed blond hair?

Tuesday September 29th, 2015

Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday, a new feature where we’ll rank the top five somethings, every Tuesday. This week we look at the most notable NBA players to dye their hair blond. 

The NBA season is rapidly approaching, and that means it’s time for players to flaunt the changes they’ve made over the off-season. Some have added muscle, worked on a jumper, or changed their workout regiment. As we learned at Pacers media day on Monday, George Hill decided to change the color of his hair. He’s not alone, several notable NBA figures once had blond hair. Some of them were able to pull it off a bit better than Hill. Some, not so much.

There are so many to make the change, we’ve decided to deviate from our normal format and rank 10 players instead of five.

10. Steve Nash, 1998

It seems like 1998 was a banner year for frosted tips and blond hair. This was one of the few poor decisions Steve Nash has made in his career.

9. Shawn Marion, 2011

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Gah. So many questions. Also, why a fauxhawk in addition to the blond dye?

8. George Hill, 2015

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I'm not a huge fan of the look, but you have to respect the fact that Hill said he’d keep his blond look because “they say blonds have more fun.” Tremendous.

7. Darko Milicic, 2003

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This was probably the highlight—no pun intended—of Darko’s career.

6. Hedo Turkoglu, 2002

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Frosted tips Hedo was a national treasure. He was one of the few who actually didn’t look totally ridiculous with them.

5. Jason Kidd, 2000

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Kidd went through a lot of different phases during his NBA career. He posed for shirtless photos, went through a three-point shooter phase, and then had this blond hair experiment, the most exciting appearance change he made.

4. Dennis Rodman, ????

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Rodman changed his hair color too many times to count. Here is visual evidence of his blond ’do in the 1995 NBA playoffs.

3. Ron Artest, 2010

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A true renaissance Artest. This is spectacular.

2. Pau Gasol, 1998

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Seventeen years ago, this young Spaniard went blond in his first season as a pro basketball player, at the age of 17. Now, he’s bearded with long locks of brown hair.

1. J.R. Smith, 2013


Is there anything J.R. Smith can’t pull off? No. There is nothing J.R. Smith can’t pull off.


- Kenny Ducey

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