NBA Stars Hit the Runway

Basketball athletes aren’t just known for their jump shots and dunks anymore— it’s their style that allows them to score big with their fashion sense.”

Russel Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden and Dwyane Wade not only have a common interest in playing professional basketball, but they’re stars who know how to dress well. These stylish ballers can turn the court into a runway.”

Russel Westbrook, point guard for Oklahoma City Thunder at the age of 28, is known for his fashion statements. With over 6.7 million followers on Instagram, Westbrook calls himself the “fashion king.””

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Picture via GQ Magazine

It’s appropriate to say that Westbrook may as well be the King of Fashion in the NBA due to his many collaborations with brands such as Public School and Del Toro— both sold at Barney’s New York. Public school is a brand that Westbrook helped design clothes for, whereas Del Toro is a shoe company that the athlete contributed too.”

In 2015, Westbrook was named the creative director of high end fashion brand True Religion. As of now, Westbrook hasn’t produced his own fashion line but has contributed to well known fashion brands. There’s no denying that this 28-year-old is infused by fashion.”

“Shoes make an outfit. You can throw on a crazy shirt and crazy pants but you add those shoes – done.” — Russel Westbrook, Brainy Quotes

LeBron James is one of the most successful and unstoppable NBA players. The 32-year-old forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers is known to stand out with his stylish looks and accessories.”

From Vogue to GQ Magazine covers, James has been spotted in designer clothes and isn’t afraid to take risks when it comes to fashion.”

This NBA millionaire was the third male and first African-American male to appear on Vogue’s April 2008 cover. He was also the first to produce an NBA fashion show.”

James has been seen wearing Valentino, Givenchy, Balenciaga and other high end fashion brands.

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Picture via GQ Magazine

However it is his way of accessorizing that allows James to be one of the most stylish ballers.”

Wool fedoras, limited edition watches, custom made clothes and accessories— James has it all.”

That’s not all, James also has produced many shoes and clothes for Nike. The Nike Zoom LeBron Solider shoes are the latest basketball shoes available, sold only at Nike.”

“I don’t really have one style. I can wear shorts and a tank from my Nike collection, I can wear a three-piece suit or I can wear a shirt and slacks. I’m pretty flexible. It’s all about confidence, man,” James tells GQ Magazine in an interview, 2012.”

“My style is all about confidence. If a man has a confidence in himself and what he’s wearing, it makes you look a lot better.” — Lebron James, GQ Magazine 2012

James Harden can easily be spotted out in public with his long recognizable beard. The 27-year- old star guard for the Houston Rockets is a fashion icon.”

From floral shirts to classic styles, Harden is constantly posting his “ootd,” (outfit of the day), looks on Instagram for his 4.6 million followers.”

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Picture via Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated has showcased Harden and his style, naming him a “fashion icon.” It’s not about the suit and ties for Harden that make him a style icon— instead he’s known for trying out new waves of fashion including hipster looks and “groovy” styles.”

The league’s stylist player is also known for his “shoe game” on Instagram where he posts pictures of his shoes, showing off his sneaker collection.”

The signature beard and the left handed basketball handles are not the only things Harden is known for— it’s his iconic style that makes him who he is.”

“I have a collection of 50-plus snapback hats.” — James Harden, Brainy Quotes

Dwyane Wade went from living in warm Miami to now the Windy City, Chicago. The 35-year-old shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls knows a thing or two about fashion. Forbes magazine has recognized Wade as “basketball’s fashion avant guard.””

In the 2011 Forbes article, Wade says: “I love fashion. I don’t know everything, but the thing I do know is to ask questions. That’s why I was up in Europe. I try to pick the brains of people who are great at fashion, who look good in clothes.””

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Picture via GQ Magazine

Some may say Wade’s wife and actress, Gabrielle Union, deserves the credit to why this NBA star is so stylish, although the 8.8 million Instagram followers suggest that Wade is much bigger than just basketball.”

Chicago’s athlete is the creator and host of his fashion fundraiser, “A Night on the RunWade.” This charity event is a runway fashion show where models show off the latest styles.”

A Night on the Runwade returned for it’s fifth annual event benefiting Wade’s World Foundation on March 19. ”

There’s no denying Wade is an icon in the fashion industry. He is always seen rocking the latest suit styles.”

“What we dig most is the way he takes a simple suit to bolder, more personal places with a few trademark styling moves,” writes Will Welch for GQ magazine, 2011.”

“I try to keep it simple because personally I don’t want to take too much away from the suit.” — Dwyane Wade, Forbes Magazine, 2011

Russel Westbrook, LeBron James, James Harden and Dwyane Wade are the most stylish NBA players. Not only do they look good as superstars on the court, but their off-court style is always camera ready.

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