2. Noah Vonleh
Vonleh was probably the most overlooked great freshman in the country last year, and now scouts are finally getting a handful.
The fastest riser in the draft, Indiana’s 6-10 big man is getting Chris Bosh comparisons. He even looks a little like the Heat power player.
However on Instagram, Vonleh stands out by toeing the line between street and suite, rocking tailored suits and sneakers with the same swag. The dude is a big fan of Jordans, too. His IG page hasn’t been around for very long, and already he’s been seen rocking the 3s, 5s, and 11s.
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1. Russ Smith
There’s no player in this draft class more entertaining to follow than Russ Smith. Whether he’s posting images suggesting Jason is the greatest birth control remedy out there or selfies from anywhere and everywhere, the 6-0 guard guard certainly knows how to play the game.
He also owns a confident fashion sense, looking comfortable in hoodies, skin-tight tees, and even suit hats. The Big Sean lookalike figures to be a spark off the bench in the league. He’ll be more than on social media.
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Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and nowhere is that more apparent than in our adoration for sports idols.
Back in the day, you went out into your backyard or down to the park and crossed over like Iverson, shot buzzer-beaters like Jordan, passed like J-Will. But nowadays, through the explosion of Twitter, Instagram, and Vine, to be “next” means you need more than game. You need style and a following.
With the countdown to the NBA Draft officially here–this Thursday night!!–it’s time you got to know these players off the floor as well. You’ll see the next Westbrook, the next Wade, and maybe even the next Tim Duncan in here. It doesn’t mean they’ll be as good on the court… but that’s only half the battle anyway.
Here are the 20 NBA prospects in this year’s draft with the best style.
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