If you’re like some ladies, you may think that some sports are boring and not worth watching. But we have some great reasons for you to get into them. We have 14 of the hottest black men in a variety of sports that we’re sure will make you an instant fan. Check out the cuties and heartthrobs who are some of our favorite pieces of eye candy in the sports of basketball, baseball, NASCAR, tennis and more!
This dapper 25-year-old and the NBA Most Valuable Player award recipient captured the hearts of NBA fans with his memorable MVP speech in which he thanked his mother for her strength and resilience. As one of the top players for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant’s fanbase is enormous and his popularity continues to grow worldwide. Standing at a towering 6’9”, Kevin’s stellar smile and seemingly effortless sense of style are just a few reasons why we love him so much! Recently, he received the ESPY award for Best Male Athlete for his outstanding performance during the NBA season. During the off-season, Durant stays busy by participating in basketball camps for children.
This native of Congo has played basketball in three different continents and is one of the most likable players from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Many of you are familiar with him as the current love interest of R&B singer-songwriter Keri Hilson. The two show no signs of slowing down as a couple and they are known for posting photos on Instagram of their getaways around the world. Ibaka recently posed without clothing in the ESPN “Body Issue,” and after seeing his photos, it’s safe to say that we know for a fact that he is a work of art from head to toe!
This year has been full of drama and distractions for the Los Angeles Clippers due to off-the-court antics involving Donald Sterling. Trying to win during the playoffs while your team owner is all over the news for being a racist is no simple task! For Chris Paul, staying focused and being a leader comes naturally to him and his leadership skills were put to the test. Despite the media circus that has been swirling around the Clippers, Paul helped lead the team to one of their best seasons ever. We love his boy-next-door look, dedication to his family and his sense of style.
Wall’s smooth style and finesse on the court, as well as his good looks, make him quite the specimen to watch during any Washington Wizards game. Not only is he spectacular in basketball, he is also a yoga enthusiast as well! Wall also made us proud with his performance in this year’s NBA Slam Dunk contest held during All-Star Game weekend earlier this year. Wall’s insane dunks helped lead the Eastern division to win the ever-popular contest. Along with being a basketball maestro, his dance moves are some of the best, hands down!
This 40-year-old future hall of famer is one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors! Derek Jeter, the highly respected shortstop with the New York Yankees, is bringing his baseball career to a close this year, but do not count him out just yet! He is still a force to be reckoned with on the field. In recent interviews, Jeter hinted that his bachelor days may be coming to a close since he is retiring this season. He is mostly known for dating actresses and models, and some of his famous exes include Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel.
Mucho caliente! This cutie from the Dominican Republic is a fan favorite, especially among us ladies! The 31-year-old second baseman of the Seattle Mariners signed a jaw-dropping contract with the team for 10 years and $240 million! This MLB All-Star stays busy year-round playing baseball in the United States and also in the Dominican Republic during the winter. Robinson’s entire family is dedicated to baseball. In fact, he has said that his family’s respect for Jackie Robinson runs deep and inspired their name choice for him.
Some of you may have become acquainted with this gorgeous baseball player when rumors first surfaced that he was dating Rihanna. When it became known that the two were an item, women everywhere wanted to get to know him better! As one of the most popular players with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kemp is used to being in the spotlight both on the field and off of it. Afterall, he lives in Tinseltown! His relationship with Ri Ri has long since ended, so does that mean that the rest of us have a chance?
Even though James Blakes retired last year after the U.S. Open, this does not stop us from celebrating him as an athlete and a se*y one at that! Although there are still relatively few black men that participate in professional tennis, Blake’s presence on the court set a positive example and continues to. We should also note that we aren’t the only ones who think he is one of the hottest in sports! He was once picked by People magazine as one of the Sexiest Men Alive in their 2007 edition. James is also widely known as a “Comeback Kid” in tennis circles, and if he returns to the game, we would welcome him back in a heartbeat!
With powerhouses like Venus and Serena Williams dominating tennis year after year, it might be easy to forget that Donald Young has also made a name for himself on the court. Young is easy on the eyes and a great reason to keep up with men’s tennis. He first learned the game of tennis at age three from his parents who were both tennis instructors. At the tender age of 14, Young decided to go professional and has participated in several grand slam tournaments over the years. Although he won the Junior Wimbledon title at age 17, he has struggled to repeat the same success as an adult. However, tennis experts note that the best is still yet to come for Donald Young.
This British bloke has been one of the most talked about Formula 1 racers since he first hit the scene. We always love a man who has the confidence to match his good looks and there is no doubt that he has both! From an early age, Hamilton always knew that he wanted to be an F-1 driver and at the age of 13, he was signed up for a Young Drivers Program by both McLaren and Mercedes-Benz. When he’s not on the track, he is seen spending time with his fiancée, Nicole Scherzinger. Despite the fact that the couple has been on-again and off-again for the past few years, this time around seems to be different.
DARRELL WALLACE, JR.
One of the rising stars of NASCAR is 20-year-old Darrell Wallace, Jr., a native of Mobile, Alabama. This racing phenomenon was the first black driver to be named as Rookie of the Year in a NASCAR series. In October 2013, Wallace made history, becoming only the second black driver in NASCAR history to win a series since 1963 by winning the the Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway. What’s sexier than a man who is successful and a trailblazer?
He learned to roller skate at the age of two and first hit the ice skating scene as a six-year-old. Shani Davis, 31, grew up in Chicago and began training for the Olympics when he was just 17. All of the hard work of this handsome speedskater finally paid off as he has made several consecutive appearances in the Winter Olympics. In the 2006 Winter Olympics, Davis won the gold medal for the 1,000 meter race and became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual sport in the Winter Olympics. In 2010, Davis also won another gold and silver medal. There’s nothing hotter than a history making man!
An estimated one billion people around the world watched Russell Wilson lead his Seattle Seahawks to victory over the Denver Broncos this year at the Super Bowl. This future hall of famer has melted hearts since he first took the field, catching the attention of female fans all over. You may not know that Wilson also had a chance to play in the MLB, but decided that football was where his heart is. Wilson has a long career ahead of him and we will be sure not to miss any of it!
Few active NFL players can top the speed and athleticism of Vernon Davis. After a few shaky seasons, Davis finally exploded and became one of the most highly respected players for the San Francisco 49ers. This superstar has a number of diverse interests including studio art, financial investments and curling. In fact, he was named as the Honorary Ambassador for the U.S. Olympic Curling Team in 2010. In late 2012, Vernon opened his own art gallery in San Jose, California, and it features the work of up-and-coming artists.