Tattoos will abound when the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs take to the court in the NBA Finals on Thursday. That’s especially true when it comes to Heat forward/center Chris Andersen, who appears to be submerged up to his chin in colorful ink. According to data from the NBA Tattoos Tumblr, which collects anecdotal evidence of basketball players’ body art, at least one-half the players playing for the NBA title have tattoos, and that’s just the ones we know about. Still, neither the Heat nor the Spurs can compete with the Hawks for the NBA tattoo championship—12 out of 15 of the Atlanta players have tattoos.
To learn about your home team’s tattoos, play around with Slate’s interactive guide below. Data and observations come from the NBA Tattoos Tumblr.
Percentage of Players Tattooed
Click a team for detailed information.
73%Portland Trail Blazers
67%Los Angeles Lakers
67%New York Knicks
67%Los Angeles Clippers
53%Oklahoma City Thunder
53%Golden State Warriors
40%San Antonio Spurs
33%New Orleans Hornets
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Click a tattooed player to learn more.
Source: NBA Tattoos Tumblr. Tattoo descriptions used with permission.
Kimberly Thompson contributed to this report.
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