NBA Playoffs 2011: The Most Interestingly Tattooed Player from Each Playoff Team

No NameContributor IIIApril 14, 2011

NBA Playoffs 2011: The Most Interestingly Tattooed Player from Each Playoff Team

0 of 16

    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    Free throw percentage, points off the bench, starting off on the road...

    There are enough things for fans of playoff-bound teams to worry about this weekend.

    So take a breather from the numbers game and scout the 16 NBA playoff teams from a perspective you can't get from a box score.

    Here's a look at some of the best, the worst, and the most interesting ink you'll see this weekend.

Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson

1 of 16

    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    Jameer's definitely got some pretty interesting ink including a back tattoo which stretches from shoulder to shoulder reading, "All Eyes on Me." Tupac much?

Oklahoma City Thunder: Nate Robinson

2 of 16

    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    It's been said that the Oklahoma City Thunder are the most tattoo-less team in the league. My guess is that's true. Oklahoma City newcomer Nate Robinson wins the best tattooed award for the Thunder mostly on lack of competition but you might argue otherwise after a glance at his latest neck tattoo. It's the number eight inked into the design of the Bentley insignia. But then again, you just might also argue that it's pretty dumb.

New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony

3 of 16

    Chris Trotman/Getty Images

    'Melo seems to be adding more and more tattoos each year but there's one in particular which everyone seems to remember: his "WB" tattoo in the Warner Bros. design on his left shoulder.

    Is Carmelo just an avid Dawson's Creek fan or does it mean something else? My guess is that it stands for "West Baltimore," the area in which Anthony grew up. 

Denver Nuggets:Chris Andersen

4 of 16

    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    What? Were you expecting Danilo Gallinari?

    Not much need be said about this pick. Birdman is and will most likely forever be, the most tattooed player in the NBA

Chicago Bulls: Carlos Boozer

5 of 16

    Ethan Miller/Getty Images

    Boozer's tattoos are the most prominent of anyone else's on the Bulls. He's inked on both arms and there's definitely something large on his back. Here's an example of one of Carlos' arms.

San Antonio Spurs: Richard Jefferson

6 of 16

    Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

    Richard Jefferson is not on this list because his tattoos are interesting. Let me make this clear, Richard Jefferson is on this list simply in order to call attention to what is easily one of the worst tattoos I've ever seen.

    Jefferson's "RJ" tattoo on his left arm might as well be the work of a 4th grader. You would think with all the money he's made in the NBA he'd invest in something called "tattoo removal."

Philadelphia 76ers: Andre Iguodala

7 of 16

    Marc Serota/Getty Images

    Oh, it seems like just yesterday when Allen Iverson would've walked away with this award.

    There's no current 76er who's quite inked the way Allen was, but if it has to go to somebody, it would probably be Andre Iguodala. His tattoos aren't that great but being on the Sixers, he wins this one.

Dallas Mavericks: DeShawn Stevenson

8 of 16

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    There's no other way around it, DeShawn Stevenson is a total BAMF. He's got tattoos all over the place including a five dollar bill across his neck.

    Yeah, that's right. Abraham Lincoln's face is on DeShawn's neck.

Miami Heat: Mike Bibby

9 of 16

    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Although apparently Mike Bibby has removed a few of his original tattoos, he's still going to get the honor of being the most interestingly tattooed player on the Miami Heat. He's got either basketball or religious ink on just about every limb.

    Bibby also wins partly because I have no interest in giving the honor to LeBron James and his obnoxious back tattoo which reads, "Chosen 1". Win a title first, LeBron.

New Orleans Hornets; David West

10 of 16

    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    David West is getting the nod here because the Hornets are another team that's seriously lacking in some major ink.

Boston Celtics: Delonte West

11 of 16

    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    No one is saying Delonte West's tattoos necessarily look good.

    But is he the most interestingly tattooed player on the Celtics? The answer is yes.

    Sorry Shaq, the Superman tattoo has run its course.

Los Angeles Lakers: Matt Barnes

12 of 16

    Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

    Sorry Kobe, I still never got used to your mid-career ink.

    Matt Barnes has got some of the most unique tattoos in the league and in a weird way, it kind of works for him.

Atlanta Hawks: Jamal Crawford

13 of 16

    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Crawford's upper body is fully inked and he wears it quite well. No one else on the Hawks comes close here.

Memphis Grizzlies: O.J. Mayo

14 of 16

    Elsa/Getty Images

    Regardless of whether or not O.J. Mayo ever lives up to the hype he came into the league with, his tattoos reign supreme on the Memphis Grizzlies.

Portland Trail Blazers: Marcus Camby

15 of 16

    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    Ever since Camby's major role in the success of the Knicks in the late 90's, everyone's always wondered, "What the hell do those Chinese symbols mean?"

    Camby has two, one which stands for, "family" and the other, "to strive."

Indiana Pacers: Dahntay Jones

16 of 16

    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    The Pacers have seen their fair share of interesting ink in the past.

    Remember Stephen Jackson's prayer hands holding a gun across his stomach?

    Or Marquis Daniels' suicidal cartoon on his leg?

    The current Pacers roster doesn't have anyone with quite that much of an imagination, however Dahntay Jones' ink probably takes the cake here. Maybe this is perhaps why the Pacers are actually back in the playoffs this year...