Style Points: Zach LaVine Shows Off His Game; Drake Proves He Has the Biggest Name

  • Zach LaVine NBA All-Star style

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    Zach LaVine

    The unanimous 19-year-old winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest had a weekend he will never forget. Zach LaVine, a guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was the heavy favorite going into this year’s dunk content and lived up to everyone’s expectations. His four completed dunks were absolutely insane and reminded me of a young Jason Richardson or Vince Carter. Personally, I would love to see this kid in the dunk contest for the next five years. Like Kenny Smith said, “The kid was born for this competition.”

    Before LaVine wowed the world with his through-the-leg dunks, he participated in LeBron’s All-Style fashion show. Even though he didn’t win the competition he had a great showing and made it out of the first round. The UCLA native kept in classy in the all-blue suit and red tie, with the necessary tie clip, and topped it off with the matching white button-down to match the white pocket square. The judges scored him well enough to move onto the next round. His Twins jersey in the next round was straight out of an amateur’s closet, but hey, the kid is still young. At least he won one shiny trophy during the NBA’s biggest weekend.

    And in the end, he styled on ’em enough to officially make a name for himself. Well done.

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  • Chandler Parsons, J.R. Smith NBA All-Star All-Style Fashion Show

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    J.R. Smith

    In a recent interview with GQ about LeBron’s fashion show, J.R. Smith said, “I take this really seriously, I was up since 4:30 this morning getting everything ready. I literally slept for one hour to get all of this together.” I’m sure he was up all night for other reasons, but I will take his word this time. If only Smith took his basketball game as seriously. It is tough to be a Knicks fan not just because they are so bad, but for the simple fact that J.R. has a legitimate shot at competing for a championship this season now that he’s in Cleveland.

    Still, Smith is one of the more fashionable guys in the NBA and it showed through his various outfits in the first ever All-Star All-Style Fashion Show. Let’s see if someone can take him down next year.

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  • Drake, Kanye West rapping, NBA All-Star Weekend

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    Drake

    Do you like my transition there (hi RiRi)?

    If it wasn’t for Kanye absolutely dominating the week leading up to ASW, Drake would have taken the crown. The only L Drake took was that me and him had the same seats for the Kanye show in Flatiron.  Later that night, Drake, like the rest of the world, showed up at Jay Z’s 40/40 club. While there, Drake shocked the world and dropped a 17-track album titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. He really dropped an album in the back of a club. It also doesn’t hurt that the album broke numerous Spotify records.

    We all know Drake is heavy in the basketball world, being the brand ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and a major fan of the Kentucky Wildcats. His style the entire winter has been Timbs, Jeans, and his go-to custom OVO jacket. The outfits didn’t drastically change during All-Star Weekend. While sporting his custom Yankees jacket and Timberlands, Drake blessed the crowd by bringing out Kanye during his private Sprite show. Drake is the second coming to Yeezus. There is no denying his greatness right now.

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  • Damian Lillard adidas rapping

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    Damian Lillard

    Damian Lillard may have been one of the biggest snubs in All-Star history. The Portland Police would certainly agree. Luckily for us, the second-year player was added by Adam Silver to the Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve. Lillard didn’t have a stellar performance, scoring 11 points in 16 short minutes, but he did end up with the third-highest plus/minus ratio on the team.

    As a basketball fan you know that Damian Lillard is an adidas athlete. Earlier this month Lillard dropped his first signature sneaker under the brand. With Kanye leading the pact, you know it is about to be a monster year for adidas. What you didn’t know is that Damian Lillard could spit, too. Check out this clip of him rapping some ill bars on Sway’s morning show. Iman Shumpert should watch out…

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  • Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry is slowing becoming the new face of the NBA. When Mark Jackson called him and teammate Klay Thompson the greatest shooters of all time, people looked at him like he was crazy. Now it all makes sense. The Splash Brothers have each had a 50-point game this season and finished first and third in this year’s Three-Point Shootout. Curry dropped a mean 27 points in the finals and Under Armour couldn’t be happier.

    Under Armour is hoping that Curry can help them takeover some of the market share that Nike and adidas control. It’s a smart move for both parties and has the potential to be a healthy relationship for many years to come. Who knows, maybe UA will take some notes from adidas and start getting rappers to endorse them. Either way, the potential MVP has a very bright future ahead, especially after seeing how ill his first shoe came out.

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  • Zach LaVine NBA All-Star style
  • Chandler Parsons, J.R. Smith NBA All-Star All-Style Fashion Show
  • Drake, Kanye West rapping, NBA All-Star Weekend
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  • Jamie Foxx, Stephen Curry Under Armour commercial

What a month.

In the center of the universe (New York City), we had two major events go down over recently as Fashion Week intertwined with NBA All-Star Weekend. To describe the weekend as epic is an understatement. Anybody who is anybody was in town to take part in all of the high profile events. Whether it was the Roc Nation Classic starring Kanye West and Kevin Durant, the unveiling of the adidas Yeezy Boost, or the numerous events hosted by NBA ballers, there was fun to have had by all. It is tough to say who had the best experience, but Complex gave the ultimate crown to Kanye, who not only owned New York but owned the planet. Not sure which was better for myself, running into the All-Star Game MVP at an afterparty…or hanging with Gronkowski at Bounce. Either way I felt like a close second to Kanye. (Just kidding.)

Here at The Drop we love to combine sports and fashion, so every week, it is only right that we recap some people who have been doing an incredible job of mixing the two. Recently, four of those folks are, naturally, basketball players that have a great sense of style. The other is arguably the best rapper in the game. The group all played a vital part in turning NYC up over the course of February.

In this edition of Style Points: Zach LaVine Shows Off His Game; Drake Proves He Has the Biggest Name.

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