The No. 2 pick, Brandon Ingram (Lakers), went out on a bit more of a limb. He sported a gray-and-black snakeskin jacket over a black dress shirt with a short gold chain. For a guy trying to help replace Kobe Bryant — a.k.a., the Black Mamba — that’s a pretty solid start.
For Kris Dunn (No. 5, Timberwolves), it’s gotta be the shoes, the standout aspect of his ensemble (although his post-drafting “shout-out to JC Penney” was fantastic). He can only hope his NBA game sparkles as much as those kicks, but he also showed that what’s inside counts, too.
Marquese Chriss (No. 8, Kings, traded to Suns) was resplendent in red crushed-velvet jacket, with a black-and-white bow tie. He certainly liked his look.
Buddy Hield (No. 6, Pelicans) was hard to miss in a white suit with a red bow tie.
Jaylen Brown (No. 3, Celtics) went with a red-jacket look, similar to what Chriss wore but a little shinier. According to him, it was nothing “too crazy.”
Skal Labissiere (No. 28, Suns, traded to Kings) had easily the most eye-catching outfit. What is that, lavender? Also, the checked shirt is a stylish touch.
Jakob Poeltl (No. 9, Raptors) didn’t wear anything particularly interesting, but he’s worth including here just for the fact that apparently he was “rocking” it. (In fairness, the NBA surely put him up to that.)
Domantas Sabonis (No. 11, Magic, traded to Thunder) also played it pretty straight, with a dark tuxedo. His coolest accessory was his proud father, hoops legend Arvydas Sabonis.
Malik Beasley (No. 19, Nuggets) got adventurous, with a red suit (an apparent nod to Florida State, where he played) over a floral-print tie.
For Denzel Valentine (No. 14, Bulls), it was all about the green socks. That was another nod to school colors, in this case Michigan State.
Nobody showed as much pride in his alma mater than Caris Levert, who went 20th to the Nets (via the Pacers). If you didn’t know that he attended Michigan, you probably could have figured it out when he walked onstage in quite the maize-and-blue number.
Back to the red-jacket-and-bow-tie look with Malachi Richardson (No. 22, Hornets, traded to Kings). He’s giving this plenty of fire emojis.
Also appearing, via ESPN’s draft telecast, was Allen Iverson, who went No. 1 overall to the 76ers in 1996 (I know, I can’t believe it’s been 20 years, either). He repped his longtime club in a big way, wearing a Sixers hat along with a t-shirt that paid tribute to a pair of deceased Philly icons, Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins.