2022 NBA Playoffs – Eye-Catching Playoff First Round Outfits

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

Washington Wizards small forward Kyle Kuzma has emerged as a league favorite in eye-catching outfits during the regular season.

“I always look at fashion not like I just put clothes on, but I put together a story and a look that when you see me it’s a conversation piece,” he told the conference room.

Kuzma’s team didn’t make the playoffs, so he won’t be able to wear his unique cuts on the pre-game track. But a handful of players stepped in and stood out in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

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 Bogdanović, 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.

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


Stephen 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.

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