The NBA playoffs are very important. But you know what else is very important? The amount of absolutely stunning hairstyles the league’s stars are sporting. We’ve already explained to you how Jeremy Lin’s hair was probably responsible for a really great game he played in March, but he’s not the only player sporting some seriously impressive locks. Popular facial hair styles 2016.
We therefore took it upon ourselves to present you with a comprehensive ranking of the best hair in professional basketball. Here it is.
14. Iman Shumpert
Shupert is known for his flat top. Part of what makes his hair so admirable is his consistency — while he occasionally switches it up, he always comes back to his tried-and-true.
13. Kelly Oubre Jr.
12. Chris Andersen
We’ve decided that facial hair counts for this ranking, so Andersen makes it. But even though he’s since gotten rid of the mohawk, he’s mostly on here because of this:
11. James Harden
If beards count, Harden’s on here.
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10. Anderson Varejão
Not only does Varejão let his curls fly free, he accessorizes.
9. Joakim Noah
What’s the difference between an Asheville-area barista and an NBA player? If you go by the hair, nothing. If you go by everything else, everything.
8. DeMarre Carroll
Again, a man who knows how to use a hair tie.
7. Luis Scola
Wow. There’s a lot going on here. A middle-part with a serious behind-the-ear tuck? Scola could walk in New York Fashion Week.
6. Kelly Olynyk
But just when you thought Scola’s long hair was a lot, you get Olynyk, who not only rocks a middle part with his lettuce, but slaps a headband on to really draw attention to it. Impressive!
5. Steven Adams
An incredible mustache, a half-up ponytail? If the Hair Hall of Fame were a thing, he’d be a shoe in.
4. Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin or Patrick Bateman? No way of knowing.
3. Jeremy Lin
Channeling his best “third grade girl in the 1990s” look.
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2. Jeremy Lin
Taking a page out of Olynyk’s style book.