25 NBA Stars We Have Major Crushes On
by Sierra Burgost
With stats like these, you’ll want all these NBA players on your team. And not only that—they’re as philanthropic and handsome as they come.
1. Derrick Rose: New York Knicks Guard
At age 22, Rose became the youngest player awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2011. Forget a dozen roses, we’ve got our eyes on just one.
2. Serge Ibaka: Toronto Raptors Forward
Ibaka is the first player to be selected in the NBA draft from the Republic of Congo—so we have the Republic to thank for those chiseled arms. S/O to the Republic of Strong-o.
3. Al Horford: Boston Celtics Center
Horford’s got talent in his genes—his father, uncle, and brother all play basketball. He followed in his family’s footsteps by being drafted to the nba with the third overall pick in 2007.
4. Jordan Clarkson: Los Angeles Lakers Guard
This Filipino-American hottie was named to the All-Rookie team in his first year. We love a man in gold and purple—just looking at him will make you an instant Lakers fan.
5. Dwyane Wade: Chicago Bulls Guard
In 2003, Wade founded The Wade’s World Foundation, which provides support to community-based organizations that promote education, health, and social skills for children in at-risk situations.
6. Brandon Jennings: New York Knicks Guard
In June 2008, Jennings announced that he was considering becoming the first American to skip college and play professionally in the Euroleague. Thank goodness he returned to the U.S. for the 2009 NBA draft.
7. Carmelo Anthony: New York Knicks Forward
Carmelo Anthony has been on the USA Olympic basketball team a record four times, and he’s taken home three gold medals and a bronze medal. The Summer Olympics just got a little bit hotter.
8. Nick Young: Los Angeles Lakers Guard-Forward
Young’s cousin is rapper Kendrick Lamar, so we know good looks (and major talent) run in the family. Even his son—Nick Jr.–was blessed with “swaggy” genes. Young lovingly calls his mini-me “lil swaggy.”
9. Stephen Curry: Golden State Warriors Guard
Several players have dubbed Curry the greatest shooter in NBA history. In 2016, he because the first player in the NBA to win Most Valuable Player by a unanimous vote. His gorgeous wife, Ayesha, and sassy daughter, Riley, make us adore him even more.
10. Ricky Rubio: Minnesota Timberwolves Guard
Rubio became the youngest player to ball in the Spanish ACB League at age 14. He was also the first player born in the 1990s to be drafted by the NBA.
11. Russell Westbrook: Oklahoma City Thunder Guard
Both on and off the court, Westbrook wears a wristband that says “KB3” every day. The abbreviation honors his childhood best friend Khelcey Barrs III, who died in 2004 from an enlarged heart.
12. Giannis Antetokounmpo: Milwaukee Bucks Forward-Guard
Luckily, if you have trouble saying his name (pronounced “YAHN-iss Anh-deh-toe-KOON-boe”), you can just call him “The Greek Freak.”
13. Luke Babbitt: Miami Heat Forward
Babbitt had only completed his sophomore year of college when he was selected 16th overall. Whether he sports the cropped look or rocks the flow, his hair always looks good.
14. Jimmy Butler: Chicago Bulls Forward
Butler overcame enormous odds with a father who abandoned him and a mother who kicked him out at 13. He worked hard to become a three-time NBA All-Star.
15. Juan Hernangomez: Denver Nuggets Forward & Willy Hernangomez: New York Knicks Center
This pair of handsome Spanish brothers are only 21 and 22 respectively, but they’ve found major success in the NBA. We can’t decide who we’re crushing on more.
16. Jrue Holiday:New Orleans Pelicans Guard
In September 2016, Holiday took indefinite leave from the NBA to take care of his wife and welcome their new daughter.
17. Kevin Love: Cleveland Cavaliers Forward
Love became the first NBA player to join the Hoops for St. Jude charity organization in 2009. Not only is he philanthropic, but he’s also model material: he’s a style ambassador and campaign model for Banana Republic.
18. Doug McDermott: Chicago Bulls Forward
McDermott became a national figure during his college years when he led the nation in scoring for Creighton University and was the consensus national player of the year as a senior. We want him on our roster.
19. Larry Nance Jr.: Los Angeles Lakers Forward
Nance, Jr. has become a Lakers fan base favorite for his soul-shattering dunks. His dad was the first NBA player to win a Slam Dunk Contest in 1984, but injuries have prevented Nance from competing. We’re crossing our fingers he gets to one day.
20. Joakim Noah: New York Knicks Center
Noah’s mother helped him create the Noah’s Arc Foundation in 2010, which encourages children to learn to express themselves through sports and art. If he wasn’t an NBA star, Noah said he would want to sell fruit on a beach somewhere.
21. Glenn Robinson III:Indiana Pacers Guard-Forward
Robinson was born three months premature and weighing three pounds four ounces. His first two months of life were spent in an incubator, where they gave him a plush mini basketball. Now, the Pacers guard stands at six-foot-six and weighs 222 pounds.
22. John Henson: Milwaukee Bucks Center-Forward
Henson created and led the John Henson Experience, a basketball clinic benefitting Up2Us. The event raises money to put coaches and mentors in the Tampa community, while providing basketball training, academic instruction and life skill development. We’d take a crash course in basketball from Henson anyday.
23. Andrew Wiggins: Minnesota Timberwolves Forward
Wiggins is the second Canadian to be picked number one overall in an NBA draft, and he went on to earn Rookie of the Year for the 2014-2015 season. O Canada!
24. Evan Turner: Portland Trail Blazers Guard-Forward
In 2014, Turner took time out of his busy schedule to visit Boston children’s hospital (dressed as the cutest teenage mutant ninja turtle we’ve ever seen) and spend time with patients. *swoon*
25. LeBron James: Cleveland Cavaliers Forward
LeBron James who has been called “the face of the NBA,” could have played in the NFL instead of the NBA—but his football career came to an end when he broke his wrist senior year.