Arguably one of the most anticipated drafts in recent history, the 2015 NBA Draft featured top notch talent and guys with loads of personality and interests that extend beyond the court. Take the newly minted Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney. Drafted as the 30th pick by this year’s NBA champions, Looney was the first freshman in UCLA history with at least four double-doubles in his first five games. Another impressive fact: his sneakerhead tendencies.
According to the Wisconsin native, the Air Jordan 3s, Air Jordan 11s and shell toe Adidas are his all-time favorites. “The Jordan 3s were the first pair that I bought myself,” Looney tells VIBE. But he’s quick to tell you that he’s been a Jordan supporter since before he started spending his own bread. “The 7s were the first pair that I ever had. My brother bought them for me.”
Side pan to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, Cameron Payne, whose draft night suit was another W. Donning a nice blue blazer and a classy pair of white slacks, the man can clean up. Although the point guard is projected to play third fiddle to Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin, he’s still a team player when critiquing his new fellow mates’ style.
“See man, you already getting me in trouble,” Payne told VIBE when asked who had the better fashion sense between him and Westbrook. “I’m just going to go half and half. Sometimes I can be a bit spiffy, but sometimes, you can look at him and say, ‘Woo, man, he’s fresh.’ I gotta say fifty-fifty but I gotta give it to him.”
Another first-round stud came in the form of Jahlil Okafor, who was selected third by the Philadelphia 76ers in last night’s draft. The big man that helped Duke to a 35-4 record and a national championship in his one-and-done season under Coach Mike Krzyzewski, also knows how important it is to diversify his style on the hardwood. In an ideal world, a baller’s superpower would probably be the ability to do everything imaginable on the floor but even Okafor wishes he had one move in his arsenal to complete his potent game. “Probably Hakeem Olajuwon when he spins to the baseline,” said Okafor.
A man’s best accessory, though? His confidence. The Charlotte Hornets bagged Wisconsin star, Frank Kaminsky, for the ninth pick in the NBA draft off the strength of his talents. The 7-foot forward and 2015 consensus first-team All-American led the Badgers to back-to-back Final Four title runs and a National Championship appearance as a senior. Despite the college accomplishments, critics have questioned his ability to translate that on the NBA level.
“The biggest misconception is that my potential is tapped out already,” Kaminsky said. “I seem to hear that a bunch of times. People talk about, I don’t know how high my ceiling is. It’s cool, you can write all you want. I don’t really care because I know I’m the person that has control over all of that and I can continue to make myself better.”—Brandon Robinson