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Anonymous said: I think I noticed a tattoo on Deron Williams' left hand ring finger. Did you ever do that one?

Williams has the letters “AW” tattooed on the ring finger of his left hand, where most people wear their wedding rings. His wife’s name is Amy Williams, so the best guess is that the tattoo is her initials.



Anonymous said: New York Knicks tattoos

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2013-14 NBA tattoo statistics

Using team end-of-season/beginning-of-playoffs rosters as posted on April 16, 2014, there are 442 players in the NBA. 241 of these players have tattoos, 201 do not have tattoos. This means that (at least) 55% of the NBA is tattooed.

It’s possible that there are a few more tattooed players out there—I rarely have direct access to players and may have missed some players’ designs. However I can confirm that every player listed as having tattoos on this site has a tattoo, and I have provided links to evidence—either photographic, or a quote from an article or other source.

If you click on a team name on the right panel, it will take you to a page listing all of the players on their current roster and whether or not they have tattoos. If you click on an individual player’s name you can see every mention of that player on this blog.

2013-14 NBA teams listed by tattoo percentage from highest to lowest:

Denver Nuggets - 80%
Detroit Pistons - 80%
Atlanta Hawks - 73%
Philadelphia 76ers - 73%
Portland Trailblazers - 73%
Golden State Warriors - 67%
Washington Wizards - 67%
Sacramento Kings - 64%
Dallas Mavericks - 60%
Miami Heat - 60%
New York Knicks - 60%
Phoenix Suns - 60%
Boston Celtics - 53%
Brooklyn Nets - 53%
Houston Rockets - 53%
Oklahoma City Thunder - 53%
Utah Jazz - 53%
Cleveland Cavaliers - 47%
Indiana Pacers - 47%
Los Angeles Lakers - 47%
Memphis Grizzlies - 47%
Toronto Raptors - 47%
Chicago Bulls - 46%
Los Angeles Clippers - 43%
Orlando Magic - 43%
San Antonio Spurs - 43%
Minnesota Timberwolves - 40%
Milwaukee Bucks - 36%
New Orleans Pelicans - 33%
Charlotte Bobcats - 29%



Atlanta Hawks, 2013-14

Tattoo percentage: 73% (11 players with tattoos, 4 without)

The Hawks saw their tattoo percentage drop slightly from last year, which isn’t surprising considering they had the highest percentage last season.

Players with tattoos:

Pero Antic
Antic described his first tattoo to Atlanta Magazine - which included a star, a basketball, and Chinese letters. He confessed that he no longer knows which character means what: ”It was 2002. I know what I put on, but which one is which? I put eight of them on.”

DeMarre Carroll
When Carroll was 5 years old, his older brother DeLonté died from a brain tumor. While Carroll was a senior at Missouri, a St. Louis Post Dispatch article posed him as a “big brother” for his teammates, explaining he learned the importance of this role from DeLonté, who he’d since commemorated in a R.I.P./portrait tattoo on his arm.

John Jenkins
Jenkins has an angel tattooed on his chest.

Kyle Korver
In 2006, Korver told Sports Illustrated that he promised his mother he’s wait until her death before getting a tattoo. In 2009, as reported by Omaha.com, he and his brother Kaleb got tattoos of their favorite bible verses. Kaleb remarked that their mother was “good with it” and that they’re trying to convince their other two brothers to join in.

Shelvin Mack
Mack has tattoos on both arms.

Cartier Martin
In the summer of 2011, Martin had the words “Beware of the Grind” tattooed on his left arm.

Paul Millsap
Millsap has a pair of praying hands tattooed on his left arm.

Dennis Schroeder
Spiegel Magazine’s profile of Schroder includes the following list of his tattoos: 

He has had “Family over everything” emblazoned on his right arm, plus a basketball with 17 — the number on his jersey and his father’s favorite number. “Rest in peace” is tattooed on his left arm, in memory of his father. He recently had a new tattoo done. “Incha’Allah”, God willing, now stands on his ankle.

Mike Scott
Scott’s most famous tattoos are a series of emojis running up his arms. According to a January 2014 profile in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he plans to continue adding to this collection:

“I get a lot of backlash on it,” Scott said. “I get a lot of good and positive on it. It’s something I like to do. It’s different. No one else is doing it. That’s probably not for a good reason but it is original and something I like doing. I’m going to get all of them.”

Jeff Teague
As soon as the 2011-12 season ended, Teague added a full sleeve to his left arm.

Lou Williams
Williams is one of the more heavily tattooed players in the league. At the end of the 2012-13 season, he added a tattoo to his back, presumably one of the last open spots on his body.

Players without tattoos:

Gustavo Ayon
Elton Brand
Al Horford
Mike Muscala



New York Knicks, 2013-14

Tattoo percentage: 60% (9 with, 6 without)

The Knicks had a slight decrease in tattoo percentage from last year.

Players with tattoos:

Carmelo Anthony
In December of 2013, Anthony had a portrait of Muhammad Ali tattooed on his back.

Shannon Brown
In 2009, during Brown’s first season with the Lakers, Meghan Brennan asked the player about his tattoos for a Mouthpiecesports interview. Brown quickly ran down the tatooos on his right arm and hand, which include the word “Believe,” “Proverbs 3: 5-6” (although not the proverb text itself); his initials “SB,” and his mother’s name, “Sandra.”

Tyson Chandler
On Chandler’s right arm is a copy of one of Allen Iverson’s tattoos—a cross framed by the text “Only the Strong Survive.” Recently, he’s edited the tattoo by crossing out the text with a single line, which leaves the text readable, but clearly negated. In February of 2014, Chandler explained on the Mike Woodson Show the reason for this change:

When I got this tattoo I was younger, and the state of mind I was in was, you know, ‘Only the Strong Survive,’ to make it out of these elements you have to be strong and tough. When I became a little more experienced I realized that that’s not the case… I want people to see that I’ve been scarred, I’ve been scraped up, I’ve made mistakes. My thought process was one way earlier in my life and it’s a different way now. And I want people to see the growth. So instead of completely crossing it out, I want people to see those words but know I’m in a different place now.

Kenyon Martin
The Sports Illustrated Vault twitter account recently dug out an old photo of Martin in a Nets jersey revealing his usually-hidden “Bad Ass Yellow Boy” tattoo.

Lamar Odom
When it comes to tattoos, Odom keeps it simple: “My tattoos are just reminders of people who are close to me.”

Iman Shumpert
According to a NY Post profile, Shumpert has “about 15” tattoos.

J.R. Smith
The New York Times ran an exhaustive discussion of Smith’s tattoos in December of 2012, which featured his surprising confession: “I actually hated tattoos. I told myself I would never get like this.”

Amar’e Stoudemire
Stoudemire runs some of the most complicated and immediately recognizable tattoos in the league, designs that have earned him honors from Inked Magazine and saw him participate in PETA’s “Ink Not Mink" campaign.

Jeremy Tyler
Tyler dropped out of high school to play professional basketball in Israel at the age of 17. During his season with the Maccabi Haifa Heat, Howard Schneider profiled Tyler for the Washington Post, opening the article with a description of the many tattoos Tyler had collected while abroad:

Jeremy Tyler displays his life in tattoos. The “S” and “D” on the 18-year-old’s hands are his roots in San Diego, where he sacrificed a high school diploma for professional basketball. The dreamy Virgo design draping down the left shoulder of his 6-foot-11, 260-pound body, encompassing the names of relatives and a basketball, are his aspiration to support his family through his craft. There is a spot for his girlfriend’s name, the initials of a recently deceased friend, and angel wings on his back.

Players without tattoos:

Cole Aldrich
Andrea Bargnani
Raymond Felton
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Toure Murry
Pablo Prigioni



Denver Nuggets, 2013-14

Tattoo percentage: 80% (12 players with tattoos, 3 without)

The Nuggets have a longtime reputation as the most tattooed team in the league, and this year they’ve tied for first and increased their percentage from last season.

Players with tattoos:

Darrell Arthur
Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs interviewed Arthur a few months into his first season with the team, and asked if hanging out with Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler had inspired him to add any new tattoos. His response: 

No no no, I plan on getting some, but I got to figure out what I want. My grandfather had passed a couple years ago so I might get something for him, for sure. But I don’t like to get random tattoos, I like to get meaningful stuff.

Aaron Brooks
Brooks is one of a small group of heavily tattooed NBA players raised in Seattle. Tattooed on his left shoulder is the city’s area code, 206, overlaid on an outline of the space needle.

Wilson Chandler
In another great report by Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs, Chandler was asked to choose five of his tattoos and tell a bit about each one. One of his choices is a portrait of Eazy-E alongside the N.W.A. logo on his shoulder:

I grew up with my Grandma and my uncles and aunts are like my brothers and sisters. One of my uncles used to listen to N.W.A all the time. I used to look up to him, he was like my hero and I used to always go in his room and listen to Eazy-E and N.W.A. I used to wear the shades, the hats, and the cut off gloves [like Eazy-E]. I always liked Eazy-E, he was my favorite [member of] N.W.A. Growing up in Michigan a lot of people used to listen to West Coast music. When I was a kid it was like N.W.A and Scarface.

Evan Fournier
Paris-born Fournier has the words “Régularité” and “Intensité” tattooed on his right and left wrists, respectively.

Randy Foye
One of the most heartbreaking tattoos in the league (or that I’ve heard of, period), Foye has a tattoo of his mother over his heart. Raised by his two grandmothers after his father died and his mother ran out on the family, Foye marked his 22nd birthday with this tribute to his absent parent. A 2006 interview painted yearning, not forgiveness as the inspiration for the design: “If my mom was here today, she would probably be the most important person in my life. I know how I treat my grandmother and I put my grandmother in her place on a pedestal. I just felt as if I needed something of her attached to me, so I just put her over my heart.”

Danilo Gallinari
Well hidden by his jersey, Gallinari has a massive Armani logo tattooed on his ribs, borne of a connection deeper than his Italian nationality: “Armani Jeans is one of my sponsors—this tattoo is the Armani Jeans Milano team’s logo. When I go in a store, I take all the clothes I want. Mr. Armani and I are close. He came to town for Christmas, and we went to dinner with my parents.”

J.J. Hickson
Hickson’s tattoos run up both arms and across his chest.

Ty Lawson
Just before the start of the 2013-14 season, Lawson posted a photo of himself getting a new tattoo on Instagram. 

JaVale McGee
In May of 2010, McGee posted photos on his twitter account of his new tattoo—a barcode between his shoulder blades.

Quincy Miller
On Twitter, Miller listed the names of his mother, sisters, and grandmother among his tattoos. “Those the ladies of my life,” he explains, “so they with me, always!”

Anthony Randolph
Tattoos peek out of both sides of Randolph’s uniform.

Nate Robinson
For an April 2014 episode of Robinson’s youtube show, State of Nate, he partnered with Dime Magazine to discuss tattoos. Among the designs seen in the episode is a tattoo of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Robinson’s ribcage, which he explains represents his brothers.

Players without tattoos:

Kenneth Faried
Timofey Mozgov
Jan Vesely



Detroit Pistons, 2013-14

Tattoo percentage: 80% (12 players with tattoos, 3 without)

The Pistons made a huge increase in their tattoo percentage from last year.

Players with tattoos:

Chauncey Billups
On Billups’s left shoulder is a tattoo of a crowned figure spinning a basketball on his finger. Surrounding the figure are the words “King of the Hill,” a reference to the Denver neighborhood Billups grew up in. In an IGN Sports interview, Billups described it as his favorite tattoo, and explained the significance: “My neighborhood back home is called Park Hill. It’s a hood thing. All of my tats mean something.”

Will Bynum
While still in high school, Bynum had the NBA logo tattooed on his left arm.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Caldwell-Pope had some tattoos while in college, but just before the start of his rookie season, Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy tattooed his chest.

Andre Drummond
Drummond has the names of his sister and mother tattooed on his fingers.

Josh Harrellson
In February of this year, Harrellson used instagram to share a photo of his new tattoo, a snarling bear on his chest.

Brandon Jennings
Jennings is one of the more heavily tattooed players in the league. In 2011, Jennings told the website Global Grind that he was close to finished with tattoos, as he was running out of space.

Tony Mitchell
Mitchell has a tattoo on his left shoulder that’s partially visible at the edge of his uniform.

Greg Monroe
Monroe has a tattoo that occasionally peeks out of the left side of his jersey.

Peyton Siva
During his senior year of college, Siva was profiled by the Lexington Herald-Leader. The article included a quote in which Siva lists his tattoos: 

"I’ve got my brother and sister’s name, my mom’s name, one of my favorite Bible scriptures — ‘I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me,’" Siva said.

Josh Smith
Smith was born and raised in Georgia, and played for the Atlanta Hawks for the first eight seasons of his career. Among Smith’s many tattoos is a throwback Hawks logo (circa 1972-1995) on his left arm. Strangely, during his first season on his new team, the Hawks have switched back to the old logo tattooed on Smith’s arm.

Rodney Stuckey
Stuckey’s right shoulder features an elaborate design with what appears to be a skyline, a river, and a prince holding a basketball.

Charlie Villanueva
Villanueva got his first tattoos in the summer of 2012. As he explained to the Detroit Free Press (via Piston Powered), “I waited so long because I didn’t know what I want or exactly what I wanted to do. At the same time, once I did one, I thought it was going to hurt a lot more. I actually liked the pain, which is kind of weird so I was like keep going.”

Players without tattoos:

Luigi Datome
Jonas Jerebko
Kyle Singler



Portland Trailblazers, 2013-14

Tattoo percentage: 73% (11 players with tattoos, 4 without)

The Blazers kept their tattoo percentage even with last season.

Players with tattoos:

LaMarcus Aldridge
Aldridge has the phrase “Me Against The World” tattooed across his back.

Will Barton
The website High School Hopefuls interviewed Barton in his hometown of Baltimore. In the video, he discusses his tattoos, including the text “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way” on his back. As he explains: “My favorite tattoo right there. It’s a clever joint, you know, it’s biblical, it’s got my name in it… I live by that, in the biblical sense, and I live by it, in my name sense. You got me, you’re going to get it done!”

Allen Crabbe
Crabbe has tattoos on both arms.

Joel Freeland
Freeland has a tattoo on his right arm.

Meyers Leonard
Blazers blogger Sarah Hecht shared an anecdote from the 2012 media day about Leonard’s “Forever Blessed” tattoo:

When the cameraman asked him about the meaning behind the word “Forever” tattooed on his inner arm he leaned back a bit more and showed the word “Blessed” on his right arm. He chuckled a bit then responded, “It means blessed forever.”

Damian Lillard
Lillard has a tribute to his hometown of Oakland tattooed on his chest.

Wes Matthews
To show his love for his mother, Matthews got a tattoo that reads “Dynamic Duo” for his eighteenth birthday. For an NBA.com article titled “Wesley Matthews: A Proud Mama’s Boy,” his mother recalled, “I wouldn’t let him get a tattoo until he was of legal age. He had little skinny arms then so it wasn’t a very big tattoo.”

Thomas Robinson
Among his tattoos are the Washington Nationals logo (Robinson was born and raised in D.C.); the phrase “Success is Nothing Without Failure”; and the“F.O.E.” (Family Over Everything) tattoo that his Kansas teammates Josh Selby and Marcus and Markieff Morris also wear.

Earl Watson
When they were teammates on the Sonics, Kevin Durant described Watson’s backpiece as one of his favorites in the league: “Earl has a cool one on his back that says, ‘La Familia [ the family]’ with the cars on the back, I like that one, too.”

Mo Williams
Williams has a tattoo of the Mr. Peanut logo in reference to his childhood nickname, Peanut.

Dorell Wright
One of the most recognizable of Wright’s many tattoos is the text “G.H.O.S.T.” on his left shoulder. As Wright described to Inked Magazine, “I know that pops out because I see that one on the video games… It’s something me and one of my closest friends thought of, Go Hard Or Stop Trying.”

Players without tattoos:

Nicholas Batum
Victor Claver
Robin Lopez
C.J. McCollum



Washington Wizards, 2013-14

Tattoo percentage: 67% (10 players with tattoos, 5 without)

The Wizards made a big leap in their tattoo percentage from last year.

Players with tattoos:

Trevor Ariza
Among Ariza’s many tattoos are 5 designs dedicated to his younger brother, who died when they were both children. As described by a New Orleans Times-Picayune profile, these tributes are, “displayed on Ariza’s arms, chest and neck and include a sketch of Tajh’s likeness, clasped hands in prayer over Tajh’s name, and on the inside of Ariza’s left forearm, the words ‘Blood is thicker than water. I am my brother’s keeper. Rest in peace, Tajh. I miss you.’”

Bradley Beal
For a CSN Washington interview, Beal was asked to name his favorite tattoo. “The one with all my brothers,” he replied, “my stars going down my arm… I got four brothers, so one gets each letter: Brandon, Bruce, Byron, and Bryan.”

Trevor Booker
A Washington Post profile printed at the beginning of the 2010-11 season praised Booker for his tenacity, and described a tattoo that represents the distillation of his attitude: “Booker wears his motto tattooed across his chest. It reads, ‘I am free of all prejudice/I hate all opponents equally.’

Drew Gooden
2007 Akron Beacon-Journal article focuses on Gooden’s then-recent tattoo, his first new work since he was 15 years old. The article reports that the tattoo is Dali-like, featuring a melting clock, set to 11:11 for good luck. At opposite sides of the clock a pair of angels and a devil observe time, completing this fittingly outlandish design for Gooden.

Marcin Gortat
A January 2014 interview with Gortat ended abruptly when the reporter asked him about one of his tattoos:

So what about that tattoo on your left shoulder … is that a goblin ripping through your skin? Can I ask about that?

“Teenager mistake.”

How, exactly, young were you when you got it?

“Too young.” [sheepishly grins and walks out of the locker room]

Al Harrington
Among Harrington’s many tattoos is a great snarling wolf on his chest with the text “Killer Instinct.”

Andre Miller
In April of 2011, during Miller’s final season with the Blazers, the Oregonian printed a long profile which described Miller’s rarely-seen back tattoo:

Today, Miller carries a large tattoo on his back, with the outline of California and old English-style lettering that reads “E. Watts.” He is private revealing the roots of the tattoo, saying only that he lost a bet growing up.

Kevin Seraphin
Seraphin has a tattoo of a many winged angel on his back.

John Wall
At the end of last season, Wall had the skyline of Raleigh tattooed across his stomach.

Martell Webster
Webster was raised by his great-aunt Beulah Walker, a relationship explored in a 2006 Washington Post articleThe piece describes Webster’s first two tattoos, and his process of asking his great-aunt for permission:

Shortly after he was drafted, Webster convinced Walker to let him get a tattoo of her eyes on his left shoulder and of Jesus on his right. “He said, ‘With you on my left side and Jesus watching me on my right side, I’m going to make it.’ So I said ‘Yes.’ Cause I’m a very religious woman,” said Walker, who added that she hates tattoos.

Players without tattoos:

Nene
Otto Porter
Glen Rice
Chris Singleton
Garrett Temple



NBA tattoos


2013-14 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 55%
241 players with tattoos, 201 without [details]


2013-13 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 56% [details]
2011-12 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 55% [details]
2010-11 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 53% [details]

A player-by-player, team-by-team guide to tattoos in the NBA. It is not an attempt to document every tattoo of every player–rather it is an attempt to provide a series of tools for sorting overall tattoo statistics in the NBA alongside glimpses into tattoo trends. Click on any team name below for player details of that team:

Hawks - Celtics - Nets - Bobcats - Bulls - Cavaliers
Mavericks - Nuggets - Pistons - Warriors - Rockets - Pacers
Clippers - Lakers - Grizzlies - Heat - Bucks - Timberwolves
Pelicans - Knicks - Thunder - Magic - Sixers - Suns
Trail Blazers - Kings - Spurs - Raptors - Jazz - Wizards

Click HERE for a complete list of NBA players discussed on this blog.

Disclaimer: This info is collected completely anecdotally, mostly by watching games, but also through study of photos, interviews, and player profiles. It’s very likely that tattoos have gone unobserved or remain hidden, especially on non-superstar players. Every effort has been made to present the best possible information, but statistics should not be considered definitive. Please use Ask Me to share any relevant information.