As anyone who has been following basketball for the past two seasons can tell you, the most important thing a basketball player has to master in this day and age is his personal style. I know you might be thinking they should be working on their jumpers, watching film to learn defensive rotations or getting their cardio right with wind sprints, but that’s simply not the case. These days, if you’ve got the right look, you can become a notable NBA player for that reason alone. Don’t believe me, just consider how often you’ve thought about Andrew Bynum this season as compared to last year’s costume festival. Now that I’ve convinced you of fashion’s importance in the NBA, you’ll be able to fully appreciate what an honor GQ just bestowed upon LeBron James, who was recently named their Most Stylish Athlete of 2013. Here’s what they had to say:
1. LeBron James
In his second year as the defending champion, LeBron has made good on his promise, silenced his critics, and now carries himself with the ease of a man who has nothing left to prove. And while his style remains polarizing, you can’t deny it works. Whether it’s his on-court tenacity or off-court kits, he goes hard both ways. Even his signature kicks have its dedicated devotees and detractors, but you know what they say: Haters gonna hate, but you can’t fault the Heat.
I know he has two titles, four MVPs, nine All-Star selections, seven All-NBA first team selections and five All-Defensive first team selections, but this might be the greatest award in LeBron’s career, and that’s including his 44 Player of the Week nods. The style game has become so competitive that besting an entire league of guys who are trying really hard to be the best-dressed is quite the accomplishment.