KING JAMES | DEC 30. 1984 | POS: SF | NO: 23 | SEASONS: 15 | PTS: 26,4 PPG | REB: 8,6 RPG | AST: 8,7 APG
The wait is finally over, because King James made the impossible possible! He presented Cleveland and his Cavs the long overdue championship. LeBron played superhuman in last year‘s playoffs, single-handedly sweeping-away opponents round after round. On his feet: the Nike LeBron Soldier 10 SFG! Eye-catching like no other performance shoe – three straps, a mesh upper without lacing and the Zoom Air units in the forefoot and heel for bouncy cushioning. Its looks make the Soldier a deathly weapon. „Strive for Greatness“ with the kinglike signature shoe!
XV. Fifteen. The past 15 seasons, LeBron James has been dominating the NBA hardwood with his unique and superhuman style of play, turning the basketball world euphoric. Rarely, maybe never (sorry GOAT) in NBA history, has there been such a complete player who overshadows the achievements of Hall of Famers so easily. This season, 'The Chosen One' will hopefully lead his beloved Cleveland Cavaliers once again to the championship, posting 57 points against the Washington Wizards was a promising start. James is not only the king of the NBA, but also the king of the basketball shoe scene. No other player has several successful shoe lines. Made for determined competitors, the Nike LeBron XV is just as much a force of nature as the Cavs' Small Forward himself. The Battle-Knit upper, specifically designed for LeBron, is a gamechanger regarding elastic support, lightweight flexibility and a secure fit in combination with the powerful cushioning, composed of Nike Zoom Air and Max Air - called Battle-Max. These features makes signature shoe number 15 the ultimate sneaker on the performance market right now! Welcome to season 15!
WESTBEAST, BRODIE, MR. TRIPLE-DOUBLE | NOV 12. 1988 | POS: PG | NO: 0 | SEASONS: 9 | PTS: 31,6 PPG | REB: 10,7 RPG | AST: 10,4 APG
Posting a Triple-Double on average is something that NBA stars and fans thought was insane, sheer impossible – until Russel Westbrook decided to prove them wrong. 31.6 PPG, 10.4 APG and 10.7 RPG was his historic statline. The record-breaking 42 Triple-Doubles helped him to finally snag the well-deserved MVP trophy. In addition to prominent support on the floor – with Paul George and Hoody Melo as the new BIG 3 in OKC? - there is also promising support for his game: the Air Jordan XXXII! True to Jordan's DNA, the XXXII is a highly modern reflectiom of the legendary Air Jordan II. High-tech performance materials such as 'Flyknit' in combination with luxury materials like Italian leather are giving the latest heir of the Jordan line a cutting-edge look with retro flair. The embedded lacing system not only provides a clean look, but also a firm lockdown for razor-sharp cuts. The Air Zoom Unit in the forefoot and the heel, connected by a flight plate, contribute to the Brodie typical explosiveness. A Jumpman on the midsole and the Wings logo on the integrated tongue – the legacy of the Jordan line has been enriched with another gamechanger!
KD, DURANTULA | SEP 29. 1988 | POS: SF | NO: 35 | SEASONS: 9 | PTS: 28,2 PPG | REB: 8,2 RPG | AST: 5 APG
No other topic has dominated the NBA summer break the same way the departure of Kevin Durant did. OKC made way for GSW, the Thunder turned into a Warrior. But KD stays the same, his last stats showed that despite the change of location – or actually because of it – he is still one of the best ballers on the planet. A great player needs a great signature shoe! Thus, Nike proudly presents the Nike Zoom KD 9 for versatile play. Brakes, Cuts, Pull-ups – no problem for KD’s silver bullet featuring Max Zoom Air cushioning, a sock-like Flyknit forefoot and multidirectional traction pattern.
BABY-FACED ASSASSIN, CHEF CURRY | MAR 14. 1988 | POS: PG | NO: 30 | SEASONS: 9 | PTS: 25,3 PPG | REB: 4,5 RPG | AST: 6,6 APG
One fast first step, abrupt cuts - both belong to Curry’s game just like the obligatory three-pointer of the SC30. Thanks to Under Armour’s latest stroke of genius is the Human Torch well equipped once again. Inspired by light and flexible materials of a parachute, the Threadborne Upper of the Under Armour Curry 3 provides lightweight support. Additionally, UA uses Anafoam, a material which has already appeared on the Curry 1, and combines comfortable fit with little weight and support. Revenge has never tasted that sweet with Chef Curry’s latest signature shoe. Let’s see what the Human Torch has to offer these playoffs!
UNCLE DREW | MAR 23. 1992 | POS: G | NO: 2 | SEASONS: 7 | PTS: 25,2 PPG | REB: 3,2 RPG | AST: 5,8 APG
Hot, hotter, Kyrie Irving. Best ball handling in the league, legendary ankle breakers and historic game winners - this guy is unstoppable. And right off the bat, he ups the ante: The release of the Nike Kyrie 3 takes his signature shoe line with Nike to another level. Suiting Uncle Drew’s fast and agile game, the third Kyrie is equipped with additional features that enable razor-sharp cuts and a fast, fluid play. Rounded sole, flywire technology as well as a low-profile and responsive Nike Zoom Air cushioning combined for a devastating dominance on court.
BLACK MAMBA | AUG 23. 1978 | POS: G | NO: 24 | SEASONS: 20 | PTS: 33.583 (25,0 PPG) | REB: 7.047 (5,2 RPG) | AST: 6.306 (4,7 APG)
Even if Kobe Bryant eventually retired from the league in 2017 after 20 years in the NBA, his famous 'Mamba Mentality' continues to dwell in the arenas of the world and in the minds of rookies and NBA stars. This constant quest for getting better, going further, and outdoing yourself, reflects the 'Black Mamba' as much as the design process of the 'Kobe' signature line. The latest model, the Kobe AD Mid, uses the ideas of the Mamba himself and actives players as a source of inspiration. The same-named predecessor in Low has been optimized and received a proper face-lift. Especially the multi-layered mesh does not only look great, but also provides the necessary support and a secure fit for cuts and sprints due to its lightweight Flywire fibres. In addition to that, Nike goes big in the cushioning: Full-length Lunarlon foam and Nike Zoom Air in the heel ensure soft comfort and springy response at the same time. The high-quality upper materials, the embroidered Swoosh and the love for details on the heel of every colorway top the Kobe AD off perfectly - even A.D., Kobe knows how to convince!
THE BEARD | AUG 26. 1989 | POS: G | NO: 13 | SEASONS: 7 | PTS: 29,0 PPG | REB: 6,1 RPG | AST: 7,5 APG
The incredible gala of James Harden. This would be the perfect title of The Beards’ current season, which stands out with dozens of historic highlights. adidas helped Harden to even reach another level: the adidas Harden Vol.1! Equipped with Boost, weaved knit-upper and a leathern toe-box, the signature shoe offers an extraordinary look and satisfies as one hell of a performance weapon. On court as well as off court, Harden and his sneaker have true star potential!
DAME, DAME D.O.L.L.A | JULY 15. 1990 | POS: G | NO: 0 | SEASONS: 4 | PTS: 27 PPG | REB: 4,9 RPG | AST: 5,9 APG
Damian Lillard. Dame. Dame D.O.L.L.A. The point guard of the Portland Trail Blazers is arguably one of the most underrated players in NBA history. The talent from Oakland gives no reason to doubt the quality of his skillset though. Franchise player of the Blazers. Celebrated freshman in the rap scene. Signature athlete with adidas. As if that was not enough, he raises his Dame signature line with its fourth edition to a whole new level of performance. The ultralight neoprene/mesh upper wraps around the foot like the most comfortable sock in the world, ensuring optimal breathability, a perfect fit and optimized comfort. Lillard and his design team chose the reasonably priced adidas cushioning system 'BOUNCE' once again to make the shoe accessible and affordable to the masses. Cool dude! The love for details was big one with this shoe again: hints to important moments and places in the life of Damian Lillard adorn the performance sneaker and tell about the different stages of the kid from Cali. It's Dame Time!
PG13 | MAY 2. 1990 | POS: SF | NO: 13 | SEASONS: 6 | PTS: 22,1 PPG | REB: 6,2 RPG | AST: 3,3 APG
Everybody knows that Paul George is the model-athlete par excellence. The Small Forward of the Indiana Pacers pushes himself to the limit on court and lives without any scandals off court. Little is public about his private life. This changes at least a small bit with George’s first own signature shoe. The performance machine is called Nike PG 1 and has only the best to offer: full-bootie construction delivering a snug, 1-to-1 fit; a forefoot strap with Flywire technology loop system providing adaptive support; a Zoom Air unit under the forefoot plus a sockliner providing responsive cushioning. The materials of the upper range from mesh to suede to fish scale optics. Some small but very personal details make the look of the shoe as impressive as Paul George’s game.
MELO | MAY 29. 1984 | POS: SF | NO: 7 | SEASONS: 13 | PTS: 21,9 PPG | REB: 6,1 RPG | AST: 3,1 APG
Carmelo Anthony debuted his Melo M13 on Christmas Day, one of the must-watch NBA games of the season. He couldn’t have picked a better time to introduce his signature-model. All eyes were set on the Knicks’ Small Forward and his performance shoe. Fair enough since its mesh-upper with a Polyurethan-cage is a true head-turner. The Zoom Air in the forefoot perfectly works together with the FlightSpeed technology and offers ideal reactive cushioning.
D-ROSE, WINDY CITY ASSASSIN, POOHDINI | OCT 04. 1988 | POS: SG | NO: 25 | SEASONS: 7 | PTS: 17,7 PPG | REB: 3,9 RPG | AST: 4,5 APG
Nowadays, Derrick Rose is better known for his injuries than for his stunning performance on court. After being traded to the NY Knicks, it is about time that D-Rose returns to action and finds his way back to his former self. adidas has helped him to ease this process. They equipped Rose with one of the best shoes possible: the D Rose 7! What a beast – the signature sneaker has everything D Rose might need to get back to the top: Boost-Technology along the entire silhouette for a reactive and effective cushioning. Breathable PrimeKnit upper for the necessary support. Additional panels on heel and midfoot for lockdown and stability. Thanks to the D Rose 7, Poohdini can finally perform magic on the court again – the explosive cut to the rim is certainly still one of his specialties.
PAYNE TRAIN | FEB 19. 1991 | POS: PF | NO: 33 | SEASONS: 2 | PTS: 4,8 PPG | REB: 1,8 RPG
Worldwide established, K1X’s Anti Gravity has come a long way. Ballers around the globe have been seen in the iconic, monochrome sneaker. Everybody knows to appreciate the great performance-features, starting with thick padding for comfort and optimal fit, a padded mesh tongue for breathability and an innovative forefoot area for flexible and increased vertical. The optimized sole, made for fast movements without injury risks, is committed to the mantra: pure performance! The Anti-Gravity easily adapts to either a pick-up game or an intense battle on the court. #nevernotballin
JAN 06. 1990 | POS: SG | NO: 6 | SEASONS: 2 | PTS: 14,1 PPG | REB: 3,5 RPG | AST: 2,5 APG
Brooklyn Nets’ guard Sean Kilpatrick is Team AND1’s latest addition. The New York native is another fighter, who possesses the necessary AND1-DNA in his baller veins. The brand is basketball to the core: hard work and dominance in the game are reflected in its corporate philosophy as well as in the character trait of Kilpatrick. Even 25 years later, AND1 is one of the streetball brands par excellence. #nevernotballin