They wear shorts and sleeveless tops. They are well built and extremely fit and athletic. They can run from one end of the court to another for 48 minutes while handling a ball without losing their breath. And they can shoot the ball into the hoop whether from around 23 feet out or by gliding and jumping effortlessly into the basketball lane. Now if only they would bring back those extremely short shorts that were in mode before Michael Jordan started wearing those loose baggy bottoms that are in fashion up to now.
Here is a list of the sexiest basketball players right now.
10. Jimmer Fredette, Sacramento Kings
Jimmer Fredette entered the NBA in 2011 when the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him in the first round. He was then traded to the Sacramento Kings. The six-foot-two guard is a product of Brigham Young University where he starred in college. During his final year, he received almost every major player award available, like the Wooden Award, Naismith Award, Adolph Rupp Trophy and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
9. Rodrigue Beaubois, Dallas Mavericks
Anytime you have a name that can slide through the lips along with sexy song lines like “Zou Bisou Bisou” and “Voulez vouz cochez avec moi,” chances are you will be included in a sexiest list. Such is the case of Rodrigue Beaubois, a six-foot-two guard who was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009. He was later traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he plies his wares now.
8. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
Carmelo Anthony has always been a winner. He had a successful high school career before leading the Syracuse Orangemen as a freshman to its first NCAA title in 2003. He left college after just one year and the Denver Nuggets drafted him. He helped engineer a turn around by the Nuggets from being also-rans to perennial playoff contenders. Known for his offense, Anthony eventually was traded to the New York Knicks. He has been relishing his role in a big-media market, as the Knicks are now a credible threat to the leaders in the Eastern Conference.
7. Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers drafted Blake Griffin in 2009 but an injury prevented him from playing that year. The long-suffering fans of the Clippers had to wait another year before they finally saw the promise of Griffin. He immediately churned out poster-worthy dunks and has helped turn around the franchise into a legitimate playoff contender. He was Rookie of the Year in 2011 and has been named one of the 15 greatest rookies of all time.
6. Tiago Splitter, San Antonio Spurs
Tiago Splitter has been playing professional basketball since he was 14 years old when he was with the Brazilian team called Ipiranga. He then spent the next decade playing in the Spanish league, honing his skills with Saski Baskonia. He was named league MVP in 2010. He then moved over to the NBA where he has been playing with the San Antonio Spurs. Had he not been playing basketball, Splitter could have easily become a commercial or fashion model.
5. Shannon Brown, Phoenix Suns
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Shannon Brown in the first round in 2006. After showing some promise, a shin injury slowed him down and forced the Cavs to send him down to the NBA Developmental League, or D-League. After several up and down seasons in which he got traded to the Chicago Bulls and he played again in the D-League, the Charlotte Bobcats signed Brown to a one-year contract in 2008. Later that season, he got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers where he won two NBA rings. Brown then went to the Phoenix Suns in 2011.
4. Linas Kleiza, Toronto Raptors
Linas Kleiza is a Lithuanian native who entered the NBA in 2005. The Portland Trail Blazers initially drafted him before getting traded to the Denver Nuggets. He saw limited minutes before finally becoming a regular part of the rotation in 2007 when he served as back up to Carmelo Anthony. His lack of playmaking skills hampered him however, resulting into fewer minutes during the playoffs. He went back to Europe for one year to play with Olympiacos Piraeus where he led the league in scoring, winning the Alphonso Ford Trophy in the process. The following year, he signed a contract with the Toronto Raptors for a lucrative four-year deal.
3. Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
Ricky Rubio started playing professionally when he was only 14 years old. He played his first six years in Spain playing for DKV Joventut Badalona and FC Barcelona Basquet. He is considered to be one of the best European guards to ever play the game and is often compared to the great Pete Maravich. The Minnesota Timberwolves drafted him in 2009 when he was just 18 years old. He continued to ply his trade in Europe, however, and only joined the NBA in 2011. He was part of the All-Rookie First Team of 2012.
2. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
The Phoenix Suns drafted Rajon Rondo in the first round in 2006 before trading him to the Boston Celtics. By the following year, Rondo had established himself as the point guard and helped the Celtics capture the title in 2008. He became an equally important cog in a team that boasted of the Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. He already ranks sixth in assists and third in steals in the rich history of the Celtics.
1. J.J. Redick, Milwaukee Bucks
J.J. Redick is one of the most talented players to come out of the rich basketball program of Duke University. In college, he won practically every award given out. He set several school and tournament records in the process. Known for his flawless outside shooting, he was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the first round in 2006. His playing time has been limited however because of his lack of defensive skills. He did help the Magic reach the finals in 2009 where they bowed to the Lakers. Redick was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in February 2013.