Inside the extravagant suits of NBA‘s rising stars

Inside the extravagant suits of NBA‘s rising stars: 2018 Draft picks show off their nation‘s colours, pay Fortnite tribute and wear garish prints as they pose for pictures in new teams‘ gear

The draft took place on Thursday night and the stars involved took the chance to make an impression with their suit linings.

The Phoenix Suns used the first No 1 pick in franchise history to snap up Deandre Ayton while the Dallas Mavericks traded up two spots to secure Luka Doncic in the biggest moves of the draft.

Fashion has historically been a big part of the occasion and the likes of Trae Young and Mikal Bridges sure managed to make an impression. 

No 1 pick Ayton made sure to pay respect to his heritage, showing love to the Bahamas, Nigeria, and Jamaica with his suit lining.

Bridges made a statement with his sharp blue and black blazer with a custom Villanova Wildcats lining on the inside.   

Kevin Knox, drafted by the New York Knicks, was the pick of the bunch as he paid tribute to the hugely popular video game Fortnite with his lining.

Wendell Carter Jr and his family went all out as they took inspiration from hit movie Black Panther with their tribal dress, helped by Gucci of course.

The specialty-themed jacket lining trend really began showing up with Houston Rockets point guard James Harden’s NBA draft class in 2009.

Shortly after the Suns took Deandre Ayton to start the NBA draft Thursday night, the Mavericks traded up two spots for the rights to Luka Doncic.

The Atlanta Hawks swapped the rights to Doncic, the No 3 pick who has spent the last year winning championships all over Europe, to Dallas for Trae Young, the No 5 selection from Oklahoma.

The Mavericks also gave up a future first-round pick to draft Doncic, who only arrived in New York on Wednesday after helping Spain‘s Real Madrid win their league championship. He also won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honours when they won that title this year.

His lengthy European season kept him from working out for teams but he knew the Mavericks were interested in having him on their team for what‘s expected to be Dirk Nowitzki‘s final NBA season.


1. Suns: DeAndre Ayton (C) – Arizona

2. Kings: Marvin Bagley (F) – Duke

3. Mavericks (from Hawks): Luka Doncic (G) – Real Madrid

4. Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jnr (F/C) – Michigan State

5. Hawks (from Mavs): Trae Young (G) – Oklahoma State

6. Magic: Mo Bamba (C) – Texas

7. Bulls: Wendell Carter (C) – Duke

8. Cavaliers (from Nets via Celtics): Collin Sexton (G) – Alabama

9. Knicks: Kevin Knox (F) – Kentucky

10. Suns (from Lakers via Sixers): Mikal Bridges (G/F) – Villanova

11. Clippers (via Hornets): Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (G) – Kentucky

12. Hornets (from Pistons via Clippers): Miles Bridges (F) – Michigan State

13. Clippers: Jerome Robinson (G) – Boston College

14. Nuggets: Michael Porter Jnr (F) – Missouri

15. Wizards: Troy Brown (G) – Oregon

16. Sixers (from Heat via Suns): Zhaire Smith (G) – Texas Tech

17. Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo (G) – Villanova

18. Spurs: Lonnie Walker (G) – Miami

19. Hawks (from Wolves): Kevin Huerter (G) – Maryland

20. Wolves (from Thunder via Jazz): Josh Okogie (G/F) – Georgia Tech

21. Jazz: Grayson Allen (G) – Duke

22. Bulls (from Pelicans): Chandler Hutchison (G/F) – Boise State

23. Pacers: Aaron Holiday (G) – UCLA

24. Blazers: Anfernee Simons (G) – IMG Academy

25. Lakers (from Cavs via Blazers, Cavs): Moe Wagner (F/C) – Michigan

26. Sixers: Landry Shamet (G) – Wichita State

27. Celtics: Robert Williams (F/C) – Texas A&M

28. Warriors: Jacob Evans (G/F) – Cincinnati

29. Nets: Dzanan Musa (F) – Bosnia and Herzegovina

30. Hawks (from Rockets via Clippers): Omari Spellman (F/C) – Villanova 

31. Suns: Elie Okobo (G) – France

32. Grizzlies: Jevon Carter (G) – West Virginia

33. Mavs: Jalen Brunson (G) – Villanova

34. Hornets (from Hawks): Devonte Graham (G) – Kansas

35. Magic: Melvin Frazier (G/F) – Tulane

36. Knicks (from Bulls via Thunder): Mitchell Robinson (C)

37. Blazers (from Kings): Gary Trent Jnr (G) – Duke

38. Pistons (from Nets via Sixers): Khyri Thomas (G) – Creighton

39. Lakers (from Knicks via Sixers): Isaac Bonga (F) – Germany

40. Nets (from Lakers via Magic, Raptors): Rodions Kurucs (F) – Latvia

41. Nuggets (from Hornets via Magic, Grizzlies, Suns): Jarred Vanderbilt (F) – Kentucky

42. Pistons: Bruce Brown Jnr (G) – Miami

43. Nuggets (from Clippers via Knicks): Justin Jackson (F) – Maryland

44. Wizards: Issuf Sanon (G) – Ukraine

45. Nets (from Bucks): Hamidou Diallo (G) – Kentucky

46. Rockets (from Heat via Grizzlies): De‘Anthony Melton (G) – USC

47. Lakers (from Nuggets via Jazz, Bulls): Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (G) – Kansas

48. Wolves: Keita Bates-Diop (F) – Ohio State

49. Spurs: Chimezie Metu (F/C) – USC

50. Pacers: Alize Johnson (F) – Missouri State

51. Pelicans (from Bulls via Pelicans, Heat): Tony Carr (G) – Penn State

52. Rockets (from Jazz): Vince Edwards (F) – Purdue

53. Thunder: Devon Hall (G) – Virginia

54. Sixers (from Blazers via Mavs, Nuggets): Shake Milton (G) – SMU

55. Hornets (from Cavs via Nets, Sixers): Arnoldas Kulboka (F) – Lithuania

56. Mavs (from Sixers): Ray Spalding (F) – Louisville

57. Thunder (from Celtics): Kevin Hervey (F) – Texas Arlington

58. Nuggets (from Warriors): Thomas Welsh (C) – UCLA

59. Suns (from Raptors): George King (F) – Colorado

60. Mavs (from Rockets via Sixers): Kostas Antetokounmpo (F) – Dayton