While watching a Denver Nuggets game last week I got to thinking, “Is there anyone on this team that doesn’t have sleeves?” There are a few, other than George Carl, but the list is a pretty short one. So after careful consideration, we’ve compiled a list of the Most Heavily Tattooed Teams in the NBA. We’ve ranked them from most to least, and cited the players with the most ink on each team. They key here is quantity of tattoos, not quality of the artwork (otherwise Steph’s head tattoo and all of Mike Bibby’s tats would automatically send them to the bottom of the list) nor quantity of players with tattoos, or the subject matter of their tattoos. We want lots of guys, with lots of tats. So here they are.
2. New York Knicks
7. Golden State
So there they are. The inkiest of the inked in the NBA. Just remember that in The Association, you’re not serious about tattoos until you have a neck tat like Larry Huges or Matt Barnes. And according to Eddie Curry, J.R. Smith is the man to beat right now.
“I used to think I had more [tattoos] than anybody else in the league, but I think J.R. Smith has me beat. His tattoos have tattoos.”
Update: USA Today has posted a masterful A-to-Z roundup of tattoos in the NBA.