Amazing GIF of ex-Heat player Chris Andersen details his changing look over the years

Chris Andersen poses for Getty Images photographer Mike Ehrmann at the 2013 Miami Heat Media Day at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., Monday, Sept., 30, 2013. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

Chris Andersen has seen it all over his 15-year NBA career.

He has played for five different franchises, served a two-year ban for a drug violation, fought phony charges and reached the game’s pinnacle as a member of the Heat’s 2013 championship team.

He has shown it all, too, with an evolving look featuring every type of hairstyle imaginable, tattoos of all shapes and colors and facial hair that sprouted from a smattering of chin hairs to a beard of lumberjack proportions.

In peak internet usage, someone captured the Birdman’s many styles in a chronological gif that is simply spellbinding.

Heat fans may barely recognize the short-haired, mostly clean shaven, just-happy-to-be-here Andersen in the beginning. Truth be told, even ardent hoopheads knew little of the first call-up in NBA D-League history. Before joining the Denver Nuggets in 2001, his basketball background included stints at Blinn College (Texas), the Chinese Basketball Association and various minor leagues.

As Andersen grew more comfortable in the NBA, he started getting more expressive.

He spiked his hair, then let it cascade down beneath a headband. Things started getting wild in Denver — as they’re wont to do — in his second tour of duty. That’s where his trademark mohawk surfaced, along with tattoos that crawled up his arms like ivy, first filling his shoulders and eventually reaching his neck and ear lobes.

His beard became its own entity in Miami, completing his eclectic look.

(Image via, with a hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie and

Maybe the most interesting part of this image is his changing expressions. His early smiles are understandable given his highly unlikely path to success. The swagger that follows makes sense, too, since he was a fan favorite at seemingly every stop.

But why the late-career scowl? He filled an important role on back-to-back Finals teams, averaging 17.7 minutes a night over his first two seasons with the Heat. That’s something to smile about, right? Well, maybe not if you’re an interior enforcer.

Andersen spent three-plus seasons with Miami. He suffered a torn ACL in December while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and was waived by the Charlotte Hornets the same day they acquired him last month.

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