The Most Popular Shoes And Brands Worn By Players Around The NBA

The Most Popular Shoes And Brands Worn By Players Around The NBA

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with the loosening of shoe color restrictions, the return of legacy brands like Puma, New Balance and Fila, and the epic drama of Big Baller Brand — seemed like a big year for stories in the NBA shoe world, then this year took the shoe world to a different level. And that’s even setting aside the decision to suspend and potentially cancel the entire season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on the billion dollar basketball shoe market.Get more news about best basketball shoes of 2021,you can vist!

In mid-2019, some familiar legacy brands decided to jump in and make their own comebacks, with Converse and Reebok each signing NBA players and trying to get back a piece of the performance shoe pie. Zion Williamson, who had surprised some by signing with Jordan Brand after being drafted first overall, finally made his debut in January and has let his amazing PEs (and his game-changing plays) do the talking. And the epic battle between Montrezl Harrell and PJ Tucker to be crowned sneaker king of the NBA continues unabated.
But the biggest sneaker news was also the saddest, with the tragic passing of Lakers great Kobe Bryant. For many years, Kobe’s signature shoes have been the most popular kicks worn by players in the NBA, appreciated by players at every position. Their slim, low profile, high performance components and appealing looks have been irresistible to Nike’s massive group of NBA players, and the release of the new “Protro” line of retros has introduced a new generation of ballers to Kobe’s best signature shoes.

Our rankings are based on the exhaustive Baller Shoes DB database. While some players try different shoes throughout the season, most players use a single one as their primary shoe (even if they change colorways), and that is how we compute our rankings.

Whereas the last several years saw the Hyperdunk silhouette top our list, this year the Hyperdunk is no more, replaced in Nike’s catalogue by the much less popular Nike Zoom Rize and Nike AlphaDunk. Taking the crown at #1 is the Nike Kobe 4 Protro, an updated version of the extremely popular Kobe 4, first released in 2008. The shoe is worn by everyone from scoring guards like Norman Powell and Devin Booker to bigs like Anthony Davis and Domantas Sabonis.

Debuting on the list at #2 is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s maiden signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Freak 1. Low cut and clearly inspired by the Kobe line, the Zoom Freak 1 has been incredibly successful for a first signature shoe, and is worn by many solid, but perhaps not All-Star, calibre players, like Tyler Herro, Nikola Vucevic, Malcolm Brogdon, as well as Giannis and his two brothers, Kostas and Thanasis (having brothers in the NBA certainly helps juice those numbers!)

Coming in at #3 is the Nike KD 12, the signature shoe of injured Nets star Kevin Durant. Despite being out all season, KD makes great shoes with Nike, and NBA players of all stripes love to wear them. Some interesting players who have chosen the KD 12 this season include Pascal Siakam and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Notable shoes further down the list include two additional Kobe models (the older Kobe AD Exodus and the new Kobe AD NXT FF), as well as the Kyrie 6, whose ranking is hurt because many Kyrie-lovers are choosing to stick with the older Kyrie 5 model, and even the Kyrie 4.



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