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The Definitive Ranking Of David Stern’s 25 Sexiest Draft Day Suits

Honestly, who cares about what the players are wearing?

Every draft night analysts, bloggers and fashion experts dissect the suit choices of the newest crop of NBA stars. Everywhere you look on the internet you’ll find lists and rankings of the best and worst players in NBA draft history. But there is little to no respect given to the steady style of the man who has been a constant on the stage for the past 24 years. In celebration of David Stern’s last draft as NBA commissioner, here is the complete breakdown of his exceptional collection of sensual suits.

25. 1998

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First off, let me start off by saying there is no “worst” David Stern suit. All of the commish’s threads are fly, but this is a ranking of the flyest of the fly and this grey pinstriped number just isn’t doing it for me.

24. 1986

Sterny’s charcoal number is on point, but what really sets it off is his Secret Service earpiece.

23. 2012

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A late-career classic from the Rutgers graduate. The bold red tie has been a favorite over the years.

22. 1991

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Just look at how the white shirt pops! Who is this man’s dry cleaner!?!

21. 1990

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It’s hard to outshine a 7-footer with an insane mullet, but not when your name is David Stern.

20. 2000

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Look how his tie is just slightly off-center as if to say, “yeah, I know I’m a fucking badass.”

19. 1992

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After this he taught ‘Zo how to tie a four-in-hand knot.

18. 1995

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Sorry, I’m blinded by Stern’s BOLD red tie. So fresh.

17. 1985

That suit says, “yeah, I rigged the lottery, do something about it!”

16. 2011

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Crafty veteran decision. Stern makes the suit game look easy.

15. 1987

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Stern didn’t allow any color photos of himself be taken in 1987, and that alone is amazing, so his suit must have been on some next-level shit.

14. 1994

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He’s openly mocking Jalen Rose’s scowl!!!!

13. 2007

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He’s thinking, “son, this is how you do style.” And he’s right.

12. 2010

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Bringing back the off-center tie from 2000, but doubles down with the pinstripes. It’s not even fair.

11. 1988

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Daniel Day Lewis made him those shoes personally.

10. 1996

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No one, and I mean no one, pulls off a striped tie like David Stern.

9. 2001

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Unlike Shane Battier this suit doesn’t know how to flop.

8. 1989

And they say Europeans know style?

7. 2008

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Oh man, here comes the power periwinkle tie. It’s basically unstoppable.

6. 1993

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He just gave Shawn Bradley his tailor’s phone number.

5. 1997

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The sportcoat-clad Stern is pointing to the garbage in back of the room, so Tim Thomas knows where to dispose of his suit.

4. 2009

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I thought it was impossible top outshine Ricky Rubio, and then I saw this picture.

3. 1984

Arguably the greatest rookie debut in NBA history. Good looks, Dave.

2. 1999

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It takes some serious balls to wear a wrinkled tan suit on draft night, but it also shows exactly how many fucks David Stern gives.

1. 2013

What could possibly top Stern’s heroic rookie season and the most iconic wrinkled suit of all time? Stern’s swan song, which was fittingly a throwback to 1984 — complete with a tuxedo-clad Hakeem Olajuwon. Farewell you fearless, powerful, beautiful little man.

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