2022 NBA Playoffs – Eye-Catching Playoff Outfits



Pre-game fashion has become woven into the fabric of the NBA, with some players building a reputation for their wardrobe selections.

The playoffs provided entertaining hoops on the court and eye-catching adjustments from players off it. The stars appeared in various outfits like boxing robes, vibrant coats and sweaters. Costumes, stuffed animal accessories and luxury fashion brands have also been popping up on the pre-game runway during these playoffs.

Here’s a turn-by-turn of some of the most stylish clothing worn by NBA players in the playoffs:

Conference Finals

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, Game 2

Tatum’s look ahead of his game against the Miami Heat on Thursday featured a star-patterned jacket-pant combination and a scarf with a shiny pendant.

Conference Semi-Finals

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, Game 6

Before a potentially decisive Game 6 against the Sixers, Butler wore a tracksuit with the logo of his coffee brand, BigFace, pictured on the back. The bob was a nice addition to the all-black cut.

Steven Adams and Tyus Jones, Memphis Grizzlies, Game 5

Heading into Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors, Adams and Jones got extremely laid back with old-school Grizzlies looks.

Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns, Game 5

Before Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks, Paul wore a jersey with Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia since February, pictured. The Suns also showed their support for Griner with on-field decals.

Theo Pinson, Dallas Mavericks, Game 3

Sometimes the worlds of basketball and football overlap, and that was the case when Pinson showed his alma mater some love, arriving in a North Carolina Tar Heels letterman jacket and matching helmet.

Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns, Game 3

The 17-year veteran decided to don an all-leather cut on his 37th birthday.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, Game 2

Black was the color of choice for the NBA‘s all-time 3-point leader heading into Tuesday’s game, along with his very roomy coat.

Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics, Game 2

Tatum arrived at TD Garden on Tuesday wearing a jacket with numerous college logos. One of the featured decals is his alma mater, the Duke Blue Devils. Some other team crests sewn onto the patch include the Kentucky Wildcats, UConn Huskies, UCLA Bruins, and Georgetown Hoyas.

Round 1

Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies, Game 6

Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. arrived before Game 6 of the series against Minnesota wearing a multi-colored Versace sweater and blue Air Jordan 1s.

After the game, his Grizzlies teammate Dillon Brooks objected her outfit against Jackson.

“First of all, before you start, who is better suited: me or Trip? [Jackson]?” Brooks said.

Jackson’s form did not win over Brooks, according to reporters. The 22-year-old didn’t seem bothered by the result.

“It’s because I’m experimental…I push boundaries,” Jackson said.

DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls, Game 5

Ahead of the Bulls’ win or comeback contest against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, DeRozan honored Illinois musical artist Juice WRLD with his outfit. The Chicago guard wore a Juice WRLD Galaxy hoodie made by fashion company Vlone. Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Higgins, died of a drug overdose in December 2019.

Ben Simmons, Brooklyn Nets, Game 3

Simmons’ look on the court on Saturday against the Boston Celtics contrasted perfectly with the Nets’ black and white uniforms.

Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns, Game 3

Ahead of Friday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Paul has put together an impressive costume combination. A whole choice of colors.

Serge Ibaka, Milwaukee Bucks, Game 3

Ibaka has been an NBA fashion guru during his 14-year career, especially with his striking scarves during his days with the Toronto Raptors. His quirky fashion made another appearance before Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls. The relaxed fit included a brim hat, cardigan and handbag.

Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics, Game 2

Smart won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award on Monday, the first time a point guard has won the honor since Gary Payton in the 1995-96 season. Since this is Smart’s first time winning DPOY, he donned a special robe that signified his accomplishment by entering Game 2 against the Brooklyn Nets.

James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers, Game 1

Harden is no stranger to luxury couture. Last year, he was seen at Paris Fashion Week and was named to the board of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Prior to his playoff debut with the Sixers, he wore the Louis Vuitton Blue & White “Puppet” Varsity Jacket. The colorful crocheted plush figures pinned to the coat really make the jacket stand out.

Maxey wore No. 3 before he was drafted by Philly, but since that number was retired in honor of Allen Iverson, he had a decision to make.

“All my life I’ve worn 3. I couldn’t get that one here,” the first-round pick said.

He paid tribute to the Sixers legend by wearing an Iverson jersey that featured several Basketball Hall of Famer photos.

It ended up being an appropriate outfit choice. Maxey’s 38 points in Game 1 were the most in a playoff opener by a 76ers player since AI in 2003.

Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz, Game 1

Some players take an adventurous take on fashion, while others go for the classic suit and tie look. With a little customization, these jazz stars had no problem rocking the tried-and-true combination.

Clarkson donned a Midnight Studios white button-down shirt with a black tie and trousers, the leather harness adding a modern twist to an old classic.

Bogdanovic took a more traditional route with his all-black ensemble and a clutch that provided a pop of color.

Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors, Game 1

After missing a month with a foot injury, Curry returned to the Warriors roster on April 16 against the Denver Nuggets. The coat he wore in his first game back took the dynamism to a new level.