10 Best Fashion Moments From NBA Draft Night

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The NBA draft has long been a big night for college prospects heading into the professional leagues. In recent years, however, the focus has shifted from where talented young players head to what they wear – and in some cases, who.
From custom bling to high-end designers, here are Thursday night’s 10 biggest fashion moments:

Paolo Banchero is making waves as the Orlando Magic’s No. 1 pick and turning heads in the fashion world for his designer look. The Duke striker wore a custom rhinestone-embellished Dolce & Gabbana suit by Neiman Marcus in a royal purple hue. His kicks, also from Neiman Marcus, are from Guiseppe Zanotti. Houston jeweler Zo Frost designed Bancheo’s necklace, a diamond-encrusted chain with his nickname “P5” spelled out in ice.

A detailed view of Jeremy Sochan’s collar during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

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2. Jeremy Sochan

Jeremy Sochan, a Polish-American and former Baylor Bear, has been drafted by the San Antonio Spurs. The versatile striker wore a tailored pale lavender double-breasted jacket with matching Indochino trousers, Salvatore Ferragamo loafers and a Hublot watch.

A detailed view of Jalen Williams' watch during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

A detailed view of Jalen Williams’ watch during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

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3. Jalen Williams

So marks one of Thursday night’s biggest trends – Jalen Williams also rocked a Hublot watch. Prior to being selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the former Santa Clara guard was all smiles on the red carpet as he revealed the designer behind his head-to-toe logo mania ensemble. “Gucci down to the shoes,” he said.

Tari Eason is congratulated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 17th overall by the Houston Rockets in the NBA Basketball Draft, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York City.

Tari Eason is congratulated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 17th overall by the Houston Rockets in the NBA Basketball Draft, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York City.

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4. Tari Season

The Houston Rockets took Tari Eason, a former LSU forward, with the 17th overall pick. He wore a Kelly green suit with black peak lapels and a nifty accessory. “So it’s an Atari channel. My name is Atari and an old school game was Atari,” he told GQ Sports (@gqsports). “So. I was just thinking to play with my name and glaze it.

Bennedict Mathurin reacts after being drafted with the 6th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers in the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

Bennedict Mathurin reacts after being drafted with the 6th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers in the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

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5. Benoit Mathurin

Bennedict Mathurin, a Montreal native and sixth overall draft pick, played for the Arizona Wildcats before being selected by the Indiana Pacers. He presented an all-black Hublot watch under his crimson paisley-print three-piece suit.

Chet Holmgren poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

Chet Holmgren poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

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6. Chet Holmgren

Former Gonzaga Bulldog Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City’s second overall pick, wore a black-on-black jacquard jacket by Ermenegildo Zegna as part of Neiman Marcus’ #NMConcreterunway social media campaign.

7. Kylian Lottin

OK, OK – so this one is more of an honorary mention. French professional footballer Kylian Lottin happens to be a huge basketball fan. He wore a (relatively) understated Christian Dior look to the draft – a major fashion moment for any off-duty athlete.

A detail view of Jabari Smith Jr.'s suit during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

A detail view of Jabari Smith Jr.’s suit during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022 in New York City.

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8. Jabari Smith

The Rockets tagged former Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr. with the third overall pick. Here, The Chronicle’s Greg Rajan shares “Five things to know about the Rockets’ No. 1 draft pick.” Also worth noting: The inside of Smith’s three-piece suit in classic navy was lined with cherished photos from his college basketball days.

9. Adrian Griffin

Adrian Griffin Jr., former Duke Blue Devil turned Atlanta Hawk, also starred in the Neiman Marcus #NMConcreterunway campaign. He wore a satin-trimmed tuxedo jacket with matching pants by Giorgio Armani.

Kendall Brown wore one of the most edgy looks of the night: a pale pink Maison Margiela hoodie, Supreme pants and a Tissot watch.

Kendall Brown wore one of the most edgy looks of the night: a pale pink Maison Margiela hoodie, Supreme pants and a Tissot watch.

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10. Kendall Brown

Former Baylor Bear Kendall Brown is heading to Minnesota. Her relaxed fit was also one of the most edgy looks of the night: a pale pink Maison Margiela hoodie, Supreme pants and a Tissot watch.

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