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December 11th, 2013 by John Kim / 12
Earlier today, Jordan Brand officially unveiled the tenth signature shoe bearing Anthony’s name – the Melo M10. The partnership between brand and superstar has been one of the longest running connections in the basketball sneaker industry, with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James being the only pro ballers in history with double-digit signature kicks to their name. Carmelo, however, is the odd man out when considering NBA Titles and other accolades, because the popular star, who won a National Championship as a freshman in Syracuse, never accomplished anything similar to that as a pro. Sure, he’s been to All-Star Games and has two Olympic Gold Medals under his belt, but the hardware that really counts – the Naismith – has eluded him thus far.
Still, Carmelo is regarded as one of the best players in the league and certainly one of the most prolific scorers in league history. It’s his smooth game and friendly personality that made him such a likeable athlete the moment he stepped into the spotlight long before the NBA days, and that’s why he’s one of a very select few to have ten shoes to his name. Granted, the Melo line isn’t as popular as the Nike LeBron or Kobe, but every model he’s balled in has been designed with distinction. There’s no better time to look back than now (at the center of the M10 launch and upcoming Retro of his first signature shoe), so check out the history of the kicks below and let us know what Jordan Melo sig is your personal favorite.