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

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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 19:  Forward Chris Anderson #11 of the Denver Niggets leaves the game against  the Miami Heat  at American Airlines Arena on March 19, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  The Heat defeated the Nuggets 103-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledg
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    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

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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 03:  Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic drives around Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on March 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by dow
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    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

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    SEATTLE - JULY 23: Former Washington Husky and current member of the Boston Celtics Nate Robinson, throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field on July 23, 2010 in Seattle, Was
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    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

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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks celebrates during the game against the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloadi
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    '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

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 23:  Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center on March 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Spurs 115-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    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

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 21:  A tattoo on Carlos Boozer #4 of the USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team is seen during a practice at Valley High School June 21, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES - MARCH 7:  Richard Jefferson #24 of the New Jersey Nets stands on the court during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 7, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.  The Lakers won 94-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ack
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    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

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    MIAMI, FL - MARCH 25:  Guard Andr Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia Sixers argues with the referee against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Sixers 111-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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    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

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    PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 17:  DeShawn Stevenson #92 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Mavericks defeated the Suns 112-106.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    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

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 06:  A detailed shot of the tatoos on the wrists of Mike Bibby #10 of the Atlanta Hawks against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 6, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expr
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    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

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 07: David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets puts up a shot over Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hornets 85-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackn
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Delonte West #13 of the Boston Celtics stands on the court during the game with the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on February 26, 2011  in Los Angeles, California.  The Celtics won 99-92.   NOTE TO USER: User expre
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    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

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    CHARLOTTE - APRIL 24:  Forward Matt Barnes #22 of the Orlando Magic claps after a play during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 24, 2010 in Cha
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    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

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 05:  Jamal Crawford #11 of the Atlanta Hawks against the San Antonio Spurs at Philips Arena on April 5, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph,
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    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

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 23:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies heads for the net in the first half against the Boston Celtics on March 23, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downl
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    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

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    PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 14:  Marcus Camby #23 of the Portland Trail Blazers in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 14, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 115-111. NOTE TO USER: User
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    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

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02:  Dahntay Jones #1 of the Indiana Pacers goes up for a breakaway dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 2, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 122-99.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledge
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    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...