2012 NBA Draft Awards

 

This morning the internet is ablaze with draft reviews--who got drafted too high, who was a steal, who is a star, who is a bust. But here at Mitchell & Ness, we're all about the style, the culture, and the fans. So let's kick off the 2012 NBA Draft Awards.

Best Dressed- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2nd overall, Charlotte Bobcats)- Strong effort for the forward out of Kentucky with this suit. It was a surprise when the Bobcats pulled the trigger on MKG, but the wing out of Camden was classic with this joint.

Back to the Future Award- Terrence Ross (8th overall, Toronto Raptors) Ross went with the full-on Fonzworth Bentley look on this one, rocking the bowtie. We have to give it up to the Washington product for being the only guy bold enough to to forgo the straight tie. We like the look, and hopefully Ross brings some swag up north of the border.

Boldest Choice- Damian Lillard (6th overall, Portland Trail Blazers) This suit is LOUD. We can't tell if this dark beige on black suit is a style revolution or something straight out of the maître d' collection. Still, have to respect Lillard for going with the colors of the team that drafted him. Rose City is going to like the shooting (and style) of their new point guard.

 

Style Bust- Myers Leonard (11th overall, Portland Trail Blazers) Well, I guess you take the good with the bad here, Portland. This suit is a mess, throwing a picnic table shirt with a clashing tie.

Best Draft Portrait- Harrison Barnes (7th overall, Golden State Warriors) The Draft Portraits end up being a strange reflection on a player's personality. Do they want the serious face picture? Ball So Hard picture? Goofy picture? Well Barnes went with what I would call the "Dean's List" photo. You can just imagine Barnes in Chapel Hill, cardigan buttoned-up as he waits for a wine and cheese party. Fantastic.

Fan of the Night- Nets Kid

Never change Nets kid, never change.

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2000 NBA Draft - Rewind

As we ramp up to Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft, Mitchell & Ness is going to look back at some past draft days. We will be breaking down the picks, the players, and of course... the fashion. Let's keep going in the series with the 2000 NBA Draft, this day 12 years ago.

Best Player- Kenyon Martin (1st overall, New Jersey Nets) Yikes, this draft really does live up to its reputation as the worst ever. A couple of years ago you could have made the case for Michael Redd being the best player of this draft, but injury problems have hampered the gunner. Martin, however, came in and made an immediate impact on the strong Nets teams of the early 2000's. Never a star, Martin has been a solid contributor, which is rare among this draft class.

Biggest Bust- Marcus Fizer (4th overall, Chicago Bulls) There are ton of contenders for this award in the 2000 draft class. A strong case could be made for Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, DeMarr Johnson, or Jérome Moïso. But the Iowa State-product wins this award, after failing to live up to the expectations put upon him so spectacularly. Fizer only lasted six seasons in the league before being bounced to the D-League. Perhaps the worst among a bad, bad draft.

Style MVP- Mike Miller (5th overall, Orlando Magic) Miller, like so many other 2000's NBA products, seems to have seen the Godfather a couple too many times with this outfit. This dotted pinstripe suit with the white-on-white looks like a reject from The Untouchables costume department. Congrats on the NBA Championship Mike, but still might have to apologize for this one. 

June 28, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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1983 NBA Draft - Rewind

 

As we ramp up to Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft, Mitchell & Ness is going to look back at some past draft days. We will be breaking down the picks, the players, and of course... the fashion. Let's keep going in the series with the 1983 Draft, this day 29 years ago.

Best Player- Clyde Drexler (14th overall, Portland Trail Blazers) Not even close on this one, as former Phi Slama Jama product Drexler takes the crown. It was a shock when Drexler fell to 14th in the draft, but Drexler made the teams that passed on him pay. The 10x All-Star took two Blazers teams to the NBA Finals, losing both times. But when he teamed up with his old Houston teammate Hakeem Olajuwon in 1995, Drexler and the Rockets were able to take home the NBA Title.The man took home a gold medal with the Dream Team, was on the "NBA at 50" team and is a Hall of Fame inductee. Can't beat that.

Biggest Bust- Russell Cross (6th overall, Golden State Warriors) When people talk about the Warriors being a cursed franchise, look no further than the Russell Cross pick. Arguably the biggest draft bust of all time, the Purdue product played just 45 games in the NBA averaging 3.7 ppg before flaming out of the league after his one season. Hard to top that level of epic failure.

Style MVP- Steve Stipanovich (2nd overall, Indiana Pacers) Stipanovich's NBA career was ended early by knee problems. The Purdue product made the most out of draft night though, rocking this country club outfit. The short tie and hiked-up khakis create a classic look... because the old guys on the senior tees have been wearing this look for 50 years.

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1989 NBA Draft - Rewind

As we ramp up to Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft, Mitchell & Ness is going to look back at some past draft days. We will be breaking down the picks, the players, and of course... the fashion. Let's keep going in the series with 1989.

Best Player- Tim Hardaway (14th overall, Golden State Warriors)  Former Michigan legend Glen Rice makes a strong push for the title, and does have an NBA Champion ring, but Hardaway takes the crown. The UTEP product made five All Star Teams, an All NBA-Team and three All NBA-Teams. A part of the legendary Run-TMC trio and a key player for the Heat teams of the late 90's, this gunner prevails.

Biggest Bust- Randy White (8th overall, Dallas Mavericks) This Louisiana Tech product was nicknamed "The Mailkid", predicted to follow in Karl Malone's footsteps. But White was only able to stick five years in the league, averaging just 7.4 ppg. White was able to achieve a solid overseas career, but was never able to match his predicted heights in the NBA.

Style MVP- Vlade Divac (26th overall, Los Angeles Lakers) The future Lakers and Kings star was just a kid out of Prijepolje, Serbia when he was drafted in 1989. And in Yugoslavia, style was clearly 30 years behind with this Grandpa get-up. Got to love the plaid blazer and high wasted pants.

June 27, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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1996 NBA Draft - Rewind

As we ramp up to Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft, Mitchell & Ness is going to look back at some past draft days. We will be breaking down the picks, the players, and of course... the fashion. Let's keep going in the series with 1996, one of the greatest drafts of the '90s. The draft was littered with starst come in the NBA, with the likes of Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jermaine O'Neal and Zyndrunas Ilgauskas. 


Best Player- Kobe Bryant (13th overall, Charlotte Hornets) As much as this Philadelphia company would want to give the award to Allen Iverson, the title clearly goes to a different son of Philly... Kobe Bryant. Bryant's five NBA titles, 2008 MVP, and 14 All-Star game appearances are unmatched. Already the 5th all time in scoring, don't be surprised if Kobe keeps gunning to top Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 39,387 career points.

Biggest Bust- Todd Fuller (11th overall, Golden State Warriors) The Warriors would come to regret taking Fuller ahead of Bryant, Peja Stojakovic, and Steve Nash. The center was a four-year star at NC State, but was unable to equal those heights in the NBA. His five-year NBA career saw him limited to 3.7 ppg, as Fuller turned out to be just another big-man bust.

Style MVP- We first off have to give a honorable mention to both Steve Nash, rocking a crazy tie and an even crazier face:

 

And Erick Dampier, wearing his finest waiter's jacket:

 

But the title has to go to Samaki Walker, with this all-white hat and suit combo that falls somewhere his Easter best and a pimpin' outfit. Stay classy, Samaki.  

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