For the 24 players invited to attend the NBA draft in the green room, Thursday is a huge night for them. It was already going to be the biggest night of their professional lives thus far, but when you’re at the draft in person, it’s the ultimate first impression for an NBA career.
That’s where the draft-night suit comes in. And if we were drafting solely off suits, former Duke star Paolo Banchero would deserve the No. 1 pick.
Banchero showed up to the Barclays Center rocking a purple suit that boldly had actual diamonds attached throughout. It takes a confident person to pull off this suit, and man, Banchero just oozes confidence.
We’ve come a long way since the 2003 NBA draft fits — that’s for sure.
Still, if you’re going to wear a diamond-studded purple suit out in public, you should be prepared for the jokes. And NBA Twitter did not disappoint there.
with the third pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Houston Rockets select Paolo Banchero and The Revolution pic.twitter.com/BaI012RoS4
— Hector Diaz (@iamHectorDiaz) June 23, 2022
Chill on Paolo man 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/gxesoVo1s8
— Dime💲 (@dimediff) June 23, 2022
It looks like he fell onto an earring display at Clare's. https://t.co/jSLLW3cNVs
— The Bearded Educator (@LiteraryBeardo) June 23, 2022
Bro decided to dress as the joker for the draft https://t.co/qNOZkyqS5Y
— Jack Noone (@JackNoone12) June 23, 2022
Lol what, is he going to fight Batman after he gets drafted? https://t.co/qExBnQ3V8L
— Jack (@_jackkrecidlo) June 23, 2022
Looking forward to the "this guy ended your franchise" memes pic.twitter.com/DReGdryHXn
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) June 23, 2022
I chose not to cover the NBA draft in person out of concern that Paolo Banchero and I would be wearing the same suit. pic.twitter.com/PYqTBekf9j
— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) June 23, 2022
"nah man there's no way they're gonna make joker 2 a musical."
joakim phoenix: https://t.co/BkeKn71iI8
— Joshua Brisco (@jbbrisco) June 23, 2022
— Joe Ali (@JoeAli) June 23, 2022
It’ll make a lot of sense if he ends up on the Kings, though.