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10. LeBron James (CLE)

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King James may have 4 MVPs in the course of his 13 year NBA career, but he’s gotten over 40 tattoos in the course of his 31 years of living. James has a huge lion with wings tattooed on his chest, along with 2 tattoos on his shoulders that read “Akron” (right shoulder) “Est. 1984” (left shoulder). The biggest standout of all of LBJ’s tattoos has to be the one on his upper back that says “Chosen 1” referencing the nickname that Sports Illustrated gave him on the cover of their magazine in 2002 when James was still in high school.

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Photo From Forbes

9. Mike Scott (ATL)

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Photo From Twitter

Mike Scott’s career numbers over his 4 years in the NBA aren’t very impressive (7.4 PPG 3.0 RPG .466 FG%), but he’s taken a lot more pride in his tattoos than he has over his career stats. Scott has two cursive written tattoos on his forearm to go with the ones all over his arms that look like an emoji keyboard. Clearly his most known tattoos and most wacky tattoos are his emojis. When asked about his emoji tattoos, Scott says “Sometimes they [emojis] say what you can’t say.”

8. Kevin Durant (OKC)

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Photo From Yahoo Sports

Watching Kevin Durant play an NBA game, you wouldn’t have any idea that he has any tattoos. His arms are clean left and right, except for two very small tats near both of his wrists. Durant is very prideful of where he is from, he has a Washington Nationals logo on his stomach and probably his most iconic tattoo, that sits over an angel with a basketball on his back, Durant’s “Maryland” tattoo on his upper back.

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Photo From NBC Sports

7. Ben McLemore (SAC)

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Photo From Hooped Up Online

Sacramento Kings’s guard, Ben McLemore has focused a lot more on his tattoos than his NBA career thus far. McLemore probably averages more tattoos per visit to the tattoo shop than he averages points per game in his career (9.7). McLemore is a very family oriented person, he has his mother and siblings’ names inscribed on his arm along with his grandparents underneath his “Forever My Hearts” tattoo above his chest. Ben McLemore says “Family always comes first over everything else.” With the huge pride he has for his family, McLemore’s first tat was his last name on his upper back.

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Photo From Athletes Quarterly

6. Robert Sacre (LAL)

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Photo From Bleacher Report

Robert Sacre got his name bigger from being apart of the some of the worst LA Lakers teams of all time in these past four seasons. Sacre has spent more minutes in the tattoo chair than he has in NBA games (2745). He shows his deep love for his home state with a big tattoo of Louisiana on his right arm and a saints logo on his left shoulder under his last name “Sacre.” The most eye opening tattoo of them all could be either of his tattoos that feature some of his favorite rappers, Snoop Dogg and DMX in them.

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Photo From Lob Shots

5. Monta Ellis (IND)

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Photo From Tattoo Pinners

The current Indiana Pacers guard has made his way around the NBA, going to 4 different teams in the past 5 years. Monta Ellis averages 18.7 Points Per Game in his career and played 7 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, he showed his love for the organization by getting a Warriors logo on his back. He also shows his strong feeling for family with “Family First” written above his chest where you see a big tree branching out that represents his family tree.

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Photo From Inked Celebs

4. Wilson Chandler (DEN)

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Photo From Tattoo Gen

From his hands and up, Wilson Chandler is covered in tattoos of things such as a basketball in a cross on his right arm and a shark on his right bicep. Some of Chandler’s craziest tattoos that he has, includes a giant tattoo of “Juggernaut,” a villain from X-Men. That is the only tattoo that can fit on Chandler’s back along with one on his upper back that reads “Unstoppable.”

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Photo From Denver Stiffs

3. Brandon Jennings (ORL)

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Photo From Stack

Brandon Jennings has some wild tattoos of his own, that include a Rolling Stones “Tongue” tattoo right below his neck. Jennings also has a “family” tattoo on his left bicep, that sits over a big letter “J.” He clearly isn’t a big fan of leg tattoos, but has only one in particular which is on his left calf that says “Messiah.” Jennings’s most popular one might be his upper back one that reads “Young Money,” the rap label ran by artist, Lil Wayne.

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Photo From Complex

2. J.R. Smith (CLE)

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Photo From The Basketball Machine

We all knew it was coming, the most tatted player in the NBA Finals, J.R. Smith. Smith has many tattoos, but the first one he ever got, he says was, “Vince Carter dunking, but I just changed the number and put my name on the back.” He’s got the Jordan logo on his stomach and one that reads “Through The Fire” on his right arm. J.R. is another person who is close to Lil Wayne and has the “Young Money” logo in the front of his neck. J.R. Smith’s craziest tattoo of them all has to be the one on his back that represents some advice his grandmother told him, “Embrace what you’re most afraid of and don’t run from it.” Based off of that statement, Smith went on to get a tattoo that says, “Just Klownin” with a clown holding a basketball underneath it to represent him facing his fear he had as a kid, being scared of clowns.

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Photo From Tattoo Well

 

1. Chris “Birdman” Andersen (MEM)

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Photo From Pintrest

Andersen will probably be remembered more for his tattoos than winning an NBA Championship. Not only are his tattoos spectacular, but seeing Andersen from the beginning of his career (2001) to how he is now, is a hilarious and spectacular thing to have seen.  In his first four NBA seasons he had just very small writing on both of his arms, until 2005, where some color got filled in on his right forearm. After spending time getting kicked out of the league for violating the drug policy, Andersen came back with his arms almost full up and down. Since then, Birdman has only gotten more and more tattoos and who knows if he’ll stop anytime soon. Chris Andersen always makes sure his tattoos are perfect and clean, he says he’ll, “Punch him [his tattoo artist] in the face if he screws up.”

About Juwan M. Davis

Editor/Writer for NBALEAD. Born and raised in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Living in Los Angeles. Minnesota Timberwolves fan.
Twitter: @JuwanMalikDavis

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