This year’s NBA Playoffs have been defined by how different everything feels. LeBron didn’t make it out of the first round. Chris Paul managed to make it past the second. Trae Young—Trae Young!—ascended to full-on star status. This will not be your average Finals. But even in a topsy-turvy year, one thing remained a happy constant: the NBA is still the most stylish sports league on earth, and its stars still spent the season strolling through arena tunnels while getting off enormous fits. And so, with the 2021-22 NBA season approaching its end, it felt like the right time to crown a champion—of, y’know, getting dressed. Welcome to GQ’s annual Most Stylish NBA Player Bracket.
The 16-player bracket is stacked, the matchups breathtaking. Russell Westbrook may try to take home the crown without once covering his belly button. P.J. Tucker decided he wanted to win so badly that he dropped a sneaker with Dolce&Gabbana and talked to us about it during the playoffs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, fresh off a season as perhaps the most stylish young player the league has seen in years, is a dark-horse candidate to make a run at the chip. Teammates Chris Paul and Devin Booker will battle it out in the first round for generational (and Phoenix metropolitan area) supremacy. Unlike the real playoffs, LeBron James is still here, healthy, and still very much capable of taking home the title.
The league’s 16 strongest fit connoisseurs face off, starting NOW, in a 5-day, 5-round competition to determine the league’s best-dressed player. Each round lasts for 24 hours. And it’ll all take place on GQ Sports’ Instagram. Cast your vote every day—and stick around to see who hoists the GQ Most Stylish NBA Player trophy at the final buzzer.