When it comes to NBA Draft outfits, it’s all in the details.
Yeah, a well-fitted suit is nice. And good kicks are always appreciated. But it’s all about the accessories; the glistening Patek Philippe watches and iced-out necklaces that cost six figures to acquire.
Prospective top-3 picks Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren know this all too well. And the pair made sure to ice themselves out on draft day. Banchero and Holmgren each sported dazzling chains prior to Thursday’s draft, jewelry that had its own bit of significance to it.
Banchero pulled up to the red carpet in style. He rocked an all purple suit dotted with rhinestones.
It was his jewelry that drew the most attention, though; Banchero had a custom diamond-encrusted chain hanging around his neck. The chain, made by famed Houston jeweler Zo Frost, showcased “P5” — “P” representing Banchero’s first name (Paolo) and “5” reflecting Banchero’s preferred number, the same one he wore while starring at Duke last year.
Banchero’s choice of jewelry evoked memories of The Terror Squad, the New York-based hip hop collective that featured rap dignitaries like Big Pun and Remy Ma, as well as Fat Joe and DJ Khaled.
Not one to be outdone, Holmgren’s Draft day drip reflected his brand, too. Holmgren wore a chain that featured two iced dice, one with the number “3” on it and the other with the number “4.”
Number 34 was Holmgren’s college number, as well. Additionally, he wore the number seven for Team USA (3+4=7). Of course, rolling a seven is always a winner.
The message was simple for Holmgren: “Betting on myself.”
Holmgren’s taking it all in stride, though.
“What people say is not something that I can control,” Holmgren told NBA TV’s Taylor Rooks. “I’m big on controlling what I can control.”
Holmgren’s assertion that the 2022 NBA Draft class had the best style may be debatable. But one thing isn’t: Banchero and Holmgren are using their jewelry selection to show off their brand at the next level.