We’re almost at the halfway point of the NBA season, which means everyone’s figuring out how the year should play out. The Lakers are terrible. The Warriors are amazing. Lebron’s just as good as he normally is. And Gregg Popovich still doesn’t like giving interviews. But there hasn’t been enough attention paid to the significant others of NBA players. Until now. Here are the 10 hottest wives and girlfriends of NBA players.
10. Iggy Azalea (Nick Young– Los Angeles Lakers)
It’s hard to believe a guy who’s averaging less than nine points per game for the dreadful Lakers has the most famous fiancé in the NBA, but it’s true. Iggy’s butt has probably been photographed more times than the rest of the people on this list combined. I’d put her higher, but she hasn’t put out a new song in awhile.
9. Elaine Alden Fields (Landry Fields– Free Agent)
Landry is recovering from an offseason injury and hasn’t been signed by any teams yet this year. So while it’s possible that he’s already played his last NBA game, we don’t think he’ll mind spending more time at home with his gorgeous wife Elaine.
8. Chelsea Kilgore Redick (J.J. Redick– Los Angeles Clippers)
J.J. Redick went from college superstar to struggling NBA shooting guard to somehow a key contributor on a playoff team for the Los Angeles Clippers. And while his professional career has been up and down, his wife, Chelsea, has been with him nearly the entire way. There’s probably not a lot of groupies for guys who can only catch-and-shoot, so she probably doesn’t have to worry about him cheating on her. Although it’d be hard for him to find someone hotter anyways.
7. Whitney Wonnacott (Jimmer Fredette– Westchester Knicks)
The D-League is technically still part of the NBA, so Jimmer deserves a spot on this list. Sure, he’s playing against guys who (for the most part) will never play a game in the real league, but it’s still professional basketball. And we’re sure someone will give Jimmer a promotion to their main roster, if only so they can get Whitney on the sidelines for some of their games.
And yes, they are both Mormons.
6. Kristen Blake (Steve Blake– Detroit Pistons)
Steve Blake is one of the few guys who played more than one season on the Los Angeles Lakers with Kobe Bryant and hasn’t won a single championship. But he’s still a winner, because he convinced this beautiful woman to marry him. And he didn’t need any hair to do it.
5. Crystal Renee (Kevin Durant– Oklahoma City Thunder)
The world has not come to a consensus yet about Kevin Durant’s nickname. Some people call him the “Slim Reaper.” Others call him “The Durantula.” He would prefer people call him “KD,” which is completely boring and I’m going to ignore it completely. Something (or rather someone) who cannot be ignored is Durant’s girlfriend, Crystal Renee. The Durantula is known for being one of the best scorers of his generation, and it looks like that’s both on and off the court.
4. Adrienne Bosh (Chris Bosh– Miami Heat)
There are two NBA players who receive the most online insults for non-basketball related reasons. One is Lebron James because of his hairline. And the other is Chris Bosh because he looks like a dinosaur. Or an alien. Or a turtle. Basically, he’s a weird-looking dude. His wife, on the other hand, is absolutely gorgeous. Not that Chris Bosh is ugly. Velociraptors can be easy on the eyes. But you wouldn’t expect one to marry a supermodel.
3. Callie Rivers (Paul George– Indiana Pacers)
You’re probably thinking, “What are the chances that a woman with the last name ‘Rivers’ is dating an NBA player and they’re not related to Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers?” Well, the answer is 0 percent, because Callie Rivers is in fact Doc’s daughter (and therefore Austin’s sister). It must be kind of awkward that Callie isn’t dating a member of the Clippers since her dad and brother are both employed by the organization. But at least she’s not hooking up with one of the team’s divisional rivals. Could you imagine if every time the Clippers and Warriors played, Doc had to look across the court to see his own daughter wearing a Klay Thompson jersey? That’s probably one of his biggest nightmares.
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2. Gabrielle Union (Dwyane Wade– Miami Heat)
Gabrielle may be the second-most famous woman on this list (behind Iggy), but she’s definitely the most successful. She’s an actress who’s appeared in movies such as Bring It On, Bad Boys II and Deliver Us From Eva. She’ll also be in a movie this April with Key and Peele that’s called Keanu, which I didn’t know existed until I started writing this article and now I can’t wait to see it. So she didn’t need to marry Wade for any more fame, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.
Also, no one talks about how weird Dwyane Wade spells his first name. It’s like his parents made a typo while filling in his birth certificate and just left it for the rest of his life.
1. Yvette Prieto (Michael Jordan– Charlotte Hornets)
Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time. There’s really no argument you could make against it at this point. Kobe, Lebron, Shaq, Magic, Bird and Wilt don’t have the rings. Kareem needed Magic to win a bunch of his. And Bill Russell played with four other Hall-of-Famers pretty much every year of his career. MJ is the GOAT. And you know he’s the GOAT because he was able to nab the beautiful Yvette Prieto to become his wife. She’s 16 years his junior, which is probably not as young as MJ could’ve gone. So it’s nice to see he finally used some restraint for once in his life.
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Joseph Misulonas is the Girls co-editor for Playboy.com. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.