Chris Paul Is the NBA's Most Stylish Player
Over four days of voting for GQ's Most Stylish NBA Player, and 16 hopefuls, one man made it through: Chris Paul. The 16-year NBA veteran has been a leading presence for the Suns on the court, and a powerful presence in the tunnel. His run of HBCU-inspired fits during the 2020 bubble and HBCU-honoring look at this year's All-Star Game, assembled with help from CP3's stylist Courtney Mays, showed a man who wasn't just dressing to look good—he was dressing to send a message. And this year, that message came through loud and clear: Chris Paul isn't messing around—on the court or off. For all that work, you, the people, granted him his first title: NBA's Most Stylish Player, 2021. Judging by how he's playing right now, it might not be the last chip he gets this month.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is in the books, but unlike the league, we're not going to draw this out for three to six more nights. Twenty-four hours from now, GQ will crown the NBA's Most Stylish Player. In the purple-and-gold corner, we have LeBron James; in the purple-and-orange corner, Chris Paul. The old guard survived an onslaught of upstart young'uns and stylish journeymen to meet for one—possibly final—battle for Fit Supremacy.
The Conference Finals: And Then There Were 4
Welcome back from your long weekend, which has also been a long weekend for 12 of our 16 Most Stylish hopefuls who weren't able to make it through to this, the conference finals. (There are no conferences, but still.) In the battle of Young Gun vs Elder Statesmen, Chris Paul dispatched Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. (Though we suspect SGA will be a fixture in these brackets—and probably the All-Star Game—for years to come.) Jordan Clarkson came out on top over Kelly Oubre. As on the court, LeBron James continues to defy time, having taken out Serge to stay alive.
And then there's what may, in some ways, be the biggest upset we've seen: PJ Tucker took down Russell Westbrook by a mere 30 votes.
Now it's PJ vs CP3, and Bron against Jordan Clarkson. Get over to the GQ Sports Instagram and vote, goddammit.