The NBA employs some of our solar system’s biggest and most athletically skilled humans. The problem is that they’re not all that attractive.
Don’t worry, though. If you’re looking for good looks, there are plenty of handsome stars to choose from as well, so it’s not all bad news for basketball fans.
Most people would assume that for a team sport like basketball, the more talented players would be good-looking. But this is simply not the case. This article will show you what not to look for in an NBA player and provide some examples of some of the worst-looking players in history.
Table of Contents
- 1. Chris Bosh
- 2. Adam Morrison
- 3. Zaza Pachulia
- 4. Popeye Jones
- 5. Andrei Kirilenko
- 6. Kurt Rambis
- 7. Chris Kaman
- 8. Russell Westbrook
- 9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- 10. Enes Kanter
- 11. Joakim Noah
- 12. Tyrone Hill
- 13. Dennis Rodman
- 14. Gheorghe Muresan
- 15. Sam Cassell
- 16. Paul Mokeski
- 17. Manute Bol
- 18. Donyell Marshall
- 19. Patrick Ewing
- 20. Reggie Miller
- 21. Gustavo Ayón
- 22. Delonte West
- 23. Calvin Booth
- 24. Greg Oden
1. Chris Bosh
Christopher Wesson Bosh is a retired professional basketball player from the United States. Chris Bosh was a high school basketball coach in Texas and played one season of collegiate basketball for Georgia Tech before declaring for the NBA in 2003. The Toronto Raptors drafted Bosh fourth overall. He was born in Dallas, Texas, on March 24, 1984.
2. Adam Morrison
Adam John Morrison (born July 19, 1984) is a former professional basketball player from the United States. Morrison attended Gonzaga University for three years and was regarded as one of the finest collegiate basketball players in 2005–06. He was a Naismith and Wooden Award finalist. The United States Basketball Writers Association awarded him Co-Player of the Year with Duke’s JJ Redick and he earned the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award. From 2006 to 2009, he was a member of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats and the Los Angeles Lakers.
3. Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia (born February 10, 1984) is a Georgian professional basketball executive and former player who now serves as a basketball operations consultant for the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors (NBA). In 2017 and 2018, he won two NBA titles with the Warriors. He has represented Georgia at the national level, captaining the squad in a number of competitions.
4. Popeye Jones
Ronald Jerome “Popeye Jones (born June 17, 1970) is an American basketball coach and former player who currently serves as an assistant coach for the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets (NBA). Jones opted to pursue coaching professional basketball after his 11-year NBA career. He began his career with the Dallas Mavericks as a player development coach. After spending the 2007–08 and 2009–10 seasons with the Mavericks, he was hired as an assistant coach by the New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets.
5. Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Gennadyevich Kirilenko (born February 18, 1981) is a former professional basketball player and current Russian Basketball Federation commissioner.
Kirilenko started his professional basketball career in the Russian Basketball Super League at the age of fifteen. He was named to the NBA All-First First Team during his rookie season, was a three-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection, and appeared in the 2004 All-Star Game. Kirilenko returned to CSKA Moscow during the 2011 NBA lockout, guiding them to the 2012 EuroLeague Final. He was selected the competition’s Most Valuable Player that year, was chosen to the All-EuroLeague first team, and was named the EuroLeague’s Best Defender.
6. Kurt Rambis
Darrell Kurt Rambis (born February 25, 1958) is a Greek-American former professional basketball player and coach who now serves as the senior basketball consultant for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). As a player, he won four NBA titles with the Lakers as a power forward. Rambis was a prominent player of the Lakers’ Showtime era and was well-known for his hard-nosed blue collar style of play. Rambis’s iconic black horned rim spectacles complimented the Showtime era Lakers’ glitzy Hollywood aesthetic.
7. Chris Kaman
Christopher Zane Kaman is a former professional basketball player of German ancestry. Kaman is 7’0″ in height and plays center. The Los Angeles Clippers picked him sixth overall in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft, after a basketball career at Central Michigan University. He was 28 months old when he was born. 4, 1982, Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America
8. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is a professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers (NBA). Westbrook has earned two gold medals with the United States national team, in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics. He was moved to the Houston Rockets in 2019 and spent one season with the team before being transferred to the Washington Wizards in 2020. He was traded to the Lakers after a season in Washington.
9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.; April 16, 1947) is an American retired professional basketball player. Abdul-Jabbar was a six-time NBA MVP, a 19-time All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA pick, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member. Abdul-Jabbar was twice named NBA Finals MVP as a player and twice as an assistant coach. He was named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996. NBA coach Pat Riley and stars Isiah Thomas and Julius Erving proclaimed him the best ever.
10. Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter Freedom (May 20, 1992) is a professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association’s Boston Celtics (NBA). He was initially drafted by the Utah Jazz as the third overall choice in the 2011 NBA draft. He was a member of the Turkish national team on an international level. On April 10, 2021, in a 118–103 victory against the Detroit Pistons, Freedom had a career high and team record 30 rebounds, shattering Sidney Wicks’ 1975 mark of 27. Additionally, he scored 24 points in the game, becoming only the third player in the last two decades to have a 20-point, 30-rebound effort.
11. Joakim Noah
Joakim Simon Noah (born February 25, 1985) is a former professional basketball player of French ancestry. He attended Florida University and helped the Gators win back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007. Noah was taken ninth overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2007 NBA draft. Noah is a two-time NBA All-Star who earned a spot on the All-NBA First Team in 2014, the same year he was voted the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He competed on an international level for France.
12. Tyrone Hill
Tyrone Hill (born March 19, 1968) is a former professional basketball player and assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. Hill played four years of NCAA basketball at Xavier University, averaging 20.2 points and 12.6 rebounds per game while shooting 58.1 percent from the field in his last season. He was taken by the Golden State Warriors with the eleventh selection in the 1990 NBA draft.
13. Dennis Rodman
Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is a retired professional basketball player from the United States of America who serves as an unofficial US Peace Ambassador to North Korea. He is dubbed “the Worm” for his ferocious defensive and rebounding ability. Rodman was a member of the National Basketball Association’s Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks (NBA).
14. Gheorghe Muresan
Gheorghe Dumitru Mureșan (born 14 February 1971), often referred to as “Ghiță,” is a former professional basketball player from Romania. At 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m), he is tied with Manute Bol as the NBA’s tallest player. Following the conclusion of his NBA career, Mureșan returned to Pau-Orthez and won the French league before relocating to the United States with his family. He was often seen wearing the number 77, a tribute to his height.
15. Sam Cassell
Samuel James Cassell Sr. (born November 18, 1969) is an American basketball coach and former point guard who now works as an assistant coach for the National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers (NBA). Cassell was drafted 24th overall in the 1993 NBA draft out of Florida State. During his 15-year career, he played for eight different clubs. He was named to both the NBA All-Star Game and the NBA All-NBA Team once, in 2003–04.
16. Paul Mokeski
Paul Mokeski (born January 3, 1957) is a former basketball player and coach from the United States who now serves as the commissioner of The Basketball League (TBL). Prior to joining the TBL, Mokeski served as head coach of the Nevada Desert Dogs of the North American Premier Basketball League (NAPB). He was 7 ft 0 in tall and played the center position. He was a Crespi Carmelite High School and University of Kansas basketball player, best notably for his career with the Milwaukee Bucks.
17. Manute Bol
Manute Bol (born October 16, 1962) was a professional basketball player and political leader of South Sudanese ancestry. Bol was one of the NBA’s tallest players, standing at 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) or 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) (NBA).
Bol spent his NBA career (1985–1995) with the Bullets and three other clubs. Bol, a center, is regarded as one of the sport’s top shot blockers and is the first NBA player to retire with more career blocked shots than points scored. He was second in NBA history in blocked shots per game and sixteenth in overall blocked shots as of 2020.
18. Donyell Marshall
Donyell Lamar Marshall (born May 18, 1973) is a former professional basketball player and a basketball coach in the United States. He is presently an assistant coach with the NBA G League’s Greensboro Swarm. He played for eight different clubs in the National Basketball Association (NBA) throughout his career. Marshall joined the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA G League as an assistant coach on October 24, 2021.
19. Patrick Ewing
Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-American basketball coach and former professional player. He now serves as the head coach of Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team. He spent the most of his career as the starting center for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) New York Knicks, before finishing his career with short stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and Orlando Magic.
20. Reggie Miller
Reginald Wayne Miller (born August 24, 1965) is a retired professional basketball player in the United States who spent his entire 18-year NBA career with the Indiana Pacers. Miller was renowned for his pinpoint three-point shooting, particularly under duress and most notably against the New York Knicks, for which he acquired the moniker “Knick Killer.” He is presently ranked third on the all-time list, behind only Ray Allen and Stephen Curry. Miller was a five-time All-Star and earned a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
21. Gustavo Ayón
Gustavo Alfonso Ayón Aguirre (born April 1, 1985) is a professional basketball player in Mexico who currently plays for Capitanes de Arecibo in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He also competes in international national team events for Mexico’s senior national basketball team. He is 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall and plays in the center position. Ayon has been named to the All-EuroLeague Second Team twice.
22. Delonte West
Delonte Maurice West (born July 26, 1983) is a former professional basketball player in the United States. He was a member of the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also played professionally with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Fujian Xunxing and Shanghai Sharks, as well as the NBA G League’s Texas Legends. Prior to entering the professional ranks, West attended Saint Joseph’s University and played basketball.
23. Calvin Booth
Calvin Lawrence Booth (born May 7, 1976) is a former professional basketball player and current general manager of the Denver Nuggets. Booth scored a layup with 9.8 seconds left in Game 5 of the 2001 NBA playoffs against the Utah Jazz to give Dallas a game-winning 84–83 lead and hence a 3–2 series victory; this was the Mavericks’ first winning playoff series since the 1988 Western Conference semifinals against Denver.
24. Greg Oden
Gregory Wayne Oden Jr. (born January 22, 1988) is a graduate assistant at Ohio State University and a former professional basketball player in the United States. Oden, a 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) center weighing 250 lb (110 kg), played collegiate basketball for one season at Ohio State University, when his team won the Big Ten and finished as tournament runner-up in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.