The night of June 25, 2015 was a big moment for players and organizations alike. With the 2015 NBA Draft, dreams were achieved, the possibility of hope was restored, and at least some of the fates of so many franchises were decided. Some young superstars came fully prepared for the major event — they were decked out, dressed to the nines, and ready to start the next stage of their lives. Others weren’t so lucky.
For every prospect that came across stylish and dapper, there was another who chose to showcase their questionable taste in fashion. Whether it was Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein (above, right) who sported a massively absurd chain or Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas who thought floral patterns were a good idea, the viewing public was seemingly forced to take on the role of fashion police. And we’d say there were plenty of ballplayers whose outfits warranted at least a citation.
Of course, some individuals took their free will to an entirely different level than the rest. Their choice in clothing was so ridiculous, that we felt it necessary to single them out. With that in mind, here’s a look at the five worst dressed players at the 2015 NBA Draft.
1. Chris McCullough, power forward, Syracuse
- Draft Pick: No. 29
- Team: Brooklyn Nets
Despite suffering an ACL injury back in January, we predicted the Brooklyn Nets would take a chance on Chris McCullough with the No. 29 overall pick in the draft. His length and genuine potential make him worth the risk at the bottom of the first round. However, we think that someone needs to help this Syracuse power forward improve his style game, because it’s seriously lacking. We understand the need to pay tribute to his university, but that jacket and tie combo is unflattering to say the least. It’s as if McCullough packaged the season of fall and turned it into a dressy ensemble. Playing in the hip city of Brooklyn should be a step in the right direction for McCullough’s wardrobe.
2. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, small forward, Arizona
- Draft Pick: No. 23
- Team: Portland Trail Blazers
If Rondae Hollis-Jefferson remained with the Portland Trail Blazers — the team that drafted him at No. 23 — we may have been able to excuse this entire getup. His prophetic instincts would’ve somehow allowed his unique taste in clothing to match the colors of his new team. However, Hollis-Jefferson was traded to the Brooklyn Nets and, therefore, we cannot let go of the absurdity of those pants. The black and red plaid slacks are unhealthy on the eyes, which is a total shame because we really like the upper of this outfit (great jacket and killer wide bow tie). We have no issues with the former Arizona product’s attempt to be different, we just wish he went about it in a different way.
3. Kristaps Porzingis, power forward, Latvia
- Draft Pick: No. 4
- Team: New York Knicks
When the Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 pick in the draft, the New York faithful responded with frustration and tears, regardless of the fact the 19-year-old Latvian has all the upside in the world. After all, it’s not everyday that one comes across a 7-footer who can handle the ball, shoot the three, and protect the rim. However, he will need time to reach his full potential. And therein lies the problem — Knicks fans have no patience whatsoever. Yet, we have a different theory about why folks reacted the way they did: Porzingis’ outfit. He’s too big to rock an all-burgundy tuxedo. On top of that, the black leather lapel is super weird. At least in the fashion capital of the world, the Knicks newest lottery pick can get the style help that he so desperately needs.
4. Kelly Oubre, small forward, Kansas
- Draft Pick: No. 15
- Team: Atlanta Hawks
We love what Kelly Oubre brings to the floor. He’s long, athletic, and super rangy. We think the Washington Wizards make a great move acquiring his rights from the Atlanta Hawks. That being said, we cannot get behind this draft-night look. The shine coming off this burgundy tux is absolutely blinding. We also can’t help but feel like the Kansas prospect is being draped in some sort of table cloth. Oubre has the potential to be a great defender for the Wizards. However, with regard to this look, someone should’ve really stepped in and defended him from himself.
5. Myles Turner, power forward, Texas
- Draft Pick: No. 11
- Team: Indiana Pacers
With the No. 11 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers got the big they were craving in Texas power forward Myles Turner, but we the fans got so much more. We got the opportunity to see this…outfit. The chain, the jacket, the pants, the messy bow tie, and the magenta color scheme are extremely hard to look at. We approve of the thick-rimmed glasses, but that’s pretty much it. Hopefully Myles Turner proves to be a better player than he is dresser. If not, the Pacers are in for a world of trouble.