Former Kansas guard Gradey Dick went for it. Maybe a little too much. But the 13th overall pick by the Toronto Raptors certainly made an impression in his ruby red-sequined jacket and turtleneck, with black pants and black shoes (with ruby red bottoms!).
He said the look was a nod to his home state, inspired by “The Wizard of Oz.”
“So I’m from Kansas,” the Wichita native said in a predraft video tweeted by the NBA. “Dorothy’s got her little slippers, I got my Dorothy suit.”
Dick went on to describe the medallion he wore on a chain around his neck as “subtle.”
Trust us, nothing about his look was subtle.
Former NBA G League player Scoot Henderson, selected third overall by the Portland Trail Blazers was nearly as shiny in his black suit, adorned with a multitude of sparkling, colorful jewels in festive patterns.
“All the jewels on this — the colors — are birthstones of my siblings, my family and my parents, so that’s what it is,” Henderson said on ESPN’s “NBA Today” ahead of the draft. “My brothers are on my back — they protect me at all costs.”
Those birthstones could also be found hanging around his neck — and even in his mouth.