While everyone is wondering how the Milwaukee Bucks can replace PJ Tucker’s defense, switching, and tenacity, there is one aspect we don’t focus on enough: his fashion.
Tucker arrived after being traded in March and was instantly the best dressed Buck with his eclectic taste for clothing and unmatched sneaker collection. The forward is well known for his taste for high-end fashion and his extensive shoe collection long before he won the Larry O’Brien Trophy with the Bucks last season.
Although he had only been with the Bucks for half a season and their run for the NBA Championship, photos of the tunnel and Tucker’s sneakers were a staple on the Bucks’ culture page called BucksInSix. It’s almost a little disarming to see a player who plays such a tough and tenacious style of basketball being so very fashion-oriented and appearing at Fashion Week.
Who in the Milwaukee Bucks can steal the King of Fashion moniker with the departure of PJ Tucker?
There is no point in dwelling on it now. Tucker is gone and so are his diamond shoes. There has to be a new crowned Fashion King for the 2021-2022 Milwaukee Bucks. Replacing Tucker won’t be easy, but it has to be done.
I think the Bucks have been a little bit asleep in terms of overall team style. You’ve seen him more in the playoffs, but even Giannis Antetokounmpo has started to move away from his rather traditional Nike Tech Fleece tracksuits and show more of his personality with his style.
However, as much as Giannis deserves consideration, there are two main contenders for the right to succeed the best dressed Buck: Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis.
These two have different styles but each has put together some great outfits during the season as well as the playoffs.
Especially compared to Tucker, Holiday has a very low-key fashion sense. He’s rarely flashy, but he knows what works for him. You won’t see him in a LeagueFits team at the end of the year, but I love what Holiday brings to the table in that regard.
Holiday definitely loves his plaid, but he keeps it simple. Part of the reason I don’t think the Bucks get so much love in terms of style is that they have to dress for the colder weather as well. I think it’s so much more awesome if you are able to wear a good winter outfit like Holiday as well as in warmer weather.
In addition to the plaid, Holiday also likes their Nike SB and Nike Dunks. I don’t think I’ve seen him not wearing a pair of Dunks or SBs this season on the BucksInSix page. But then again, Holiday can keep it simple but also always fresh. While PJ Tuckers and Russell Westbrooks of the NBA world shine a lot for their adventurous outfits, there is always a place to keep it simple like Holiday does.
If we’re talking about who’s closest to Tucker still on the team, then it’s Bobby Portis. While not quite as wild as Tucker, he is certainly the most adventurous dresser on the Bucks list.
If Holiday loves her plaid, then Portis loves her jackets. Or just models in general. He is a big fan of a nice patterned jacket or pants. I think a lot of fans can appreciate what Portis brings to the table as he brings color and vibrancy to his outfits, while keeping it relatively toned down and you won’t see it coming out of the box too much.
It was my favorite from Portis this year where he has a nice patterned coat but keeps it sober and simple with the underside all black. He also loves to represent his Underdog brand, which would generally not be a good idea to see someone represent their own clothing line, but he makes it work with what he wears.
There’s really no way to compare and rival what Tucker has brought to the table as a dresser and sneakerhead. He’s one of the best dressed in the league every season and his sneaker collection is unmatched.
But we shouldn’t be sleeping on guys like Holiday and Portis when it comes to their sense of style. They both bring something a little different to the table but always look good when they show up to games.
One final person to watch is George Hill, who the Bucks have just brought in to serve as backup goaltender next season. He can certainly put together a good outfit and it’s good to find him in the team for this aspect in addition to what he will bring to the field.
If I had to pick, however, Portis is my pick for the best dressed Milwaukee Buck now that Tucker is no longer on the squad. He has the confidence of an NBA championship and is, of course, the “people’s champion,” so expectations are high for him to always bring it with his outfits this season.