NBA Style Correspondent Baron Davis: A Brief Fashion History

We know the current generation of NBA players is serious about style, from the rampant post-game podium fashion this Playoffs season to the faux-glasses Finals of last year. Welp, now the league, the ENTIRE organization, is following suit. Recognizing that the focus on professional basketball players as fashion icons is growing exponentially as we speed toward the 2013 Finals, the NBA is taking style seriously, both with a dedicated NBA Style reporting crew AND finding a Style Correspondent in Baron Davis. Davis has played for teams across the country but most recently for the New York Knicks before a knee injury had him off the court for the past year. We know the dude is very active in film, having starred as himself and dabbled in acting in several movies AND starting his own production company (Verso Entertainment) with high school friend (also, Jessica Alba's husband) Cash Warren, but Davis as a decreed fashion authority? This is a new look.

Baron's duties as NBA Style Correspondent, so far, comprise of putting together a video package on players' style today. Davis' background in film makes him an excellent candidate for this, but until now, we really had no evidence that he could talk shop about the sartorial world. After watching the clip, we totally recognize that he can as he highlights the ways that dudes like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Dwyane Wade are breathing new life into looks that were actually worn by previous generations of players, calling out hoops legends like Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, and Clyde Frazier. Since this is the only official style-related title Baron has been bestowed to date, we figured we'd take a spin through his fashion history to help further prove he's a good man for the job.

ON THE COURT

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Baron Davis wearing a sweatband.
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It's not easy to infuse individual style into a mandated uniform, but Baron Davis did it through years of solid sweat/headbands.

A LOT OF HEADBANDS

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Baron Davis wearing a lot of sweatbands.
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Seriously. Years of them.

TRANSITIVE PROPERTY

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Baron Davis sends his sweatband to Paul Pierce by way of Magic Johnson's arms.
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Sometimes, even when he wasn't wearing them, they'd find their way onto other people's heads (like Paul Pierce's) by diffusion (or in this case, inching along Magic Johnson's arms).

OCCASIONAL FITTED CAP

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Baron Davis wears fitted ballcaps.
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Occasionally, he'd take a similar athletic approach to alternate headgear via fitted caps with team spirit. For other sports.

"UNTOUCHABLE GODFATHER LOOK"

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Baron Davis likes the occasional fedora.
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In his NBA Style video, Davis applaud's Carmelo Anthony's post-game fedoras, calling it an "untouchable Godfather look," and it's no wonder! He loves them, too.

EMBRACING THE BUCKET HAT

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One time, he wore a bucket hat.
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At one time, he was even willing to brave the floppy 360 brim situation with a bucket hat. An Air Jordan one, at that.

HIPSTER RUNOFF

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Baron Davis dabbles in hipster steez.
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Other times he's pairing beanies with thick-rimmed glasses and plaid flannel, channeling his inner hipster.

SUIT AND TIE S***

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Baron Davis slays suit and tie chic.
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But our favorite outfits are when Baron goes full-on GQ status with unexpected suit fabrics and textures, an unabashed experimentation with color and excellent tie and pocket square game.

TODAY'S RED CARPET STUNNER

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Baron Davis: NBA Style correspondent.
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From evergreen blazers with gold buttons to double-breasted jackets with dress sneakers, it's unmistakably clear that Baron Davis is a perfect candidate for the job. We just wish he'd roll out with updates more often! *WINK*

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