April 27, 2012 BY John Kim
If you caught our NBA Feet: ‘Best Of’ Recap earlier today, then you’d know instantly that the 2011-2012 Season was without question the best season of NBA Feet in history. We already showed you what was seen on court, but we’d like to focus on the ‘who’ and give the necessary props to those who made their marks during this season of NBA Feet – those who don’t have the luxury of a signature shoe and dipped into their own sneaker stashes to give viewers a little something extra. Just like in the NBA, we’re going to hand own a select number of Awards while naming an All-NBA Feet team, but of course, if you think anyone was snubbed, you can let your opinion be heard in the comments section below. What are you waiting for? Check out the NBA Feet: 2011-2012 Season Awards below!
The NBA Feet 2011-2012 Season MVP is…
A unanimous decision if there was one, the former AND1 representative Monta Ellis began the 2011-2012 season wearing the Air Jordan 8.0 and switched to a steady diet of the Air Jordan XI Space Jam, Concord, and the Air Jordan XIII Playoffs. It wasn’t until a trade-deadline move to Milwaukee that Monta proved that his sneaker game was on point, as he began an onslaught of Bulls-centric Air Jordan selections the moment he stepped on the court as a Buck. Switching shoes up at halftime on multiple occasions, wearing Retros that date back to 2004, and mixing it up with some later models solidified Monta as the runaway MVP of the 2011-2012 Season.
Honorable mentions: Jordan Crawford, Paul George
The NBA Feet 2011-2012 Season Rookie Of The Year is…
The young swingman not only earned his spot on a San Antonio Spurs team that is rife with older veterans, he became one of the most important players on the team. Kawhi played a solid 24 minutes per game while sporting an impressive variety of sneakers throughout the season, showcasing kicks like the Nike Zoom Rookie LWP, Air Jordan XIV ‘Light Graphite’, Air Jordan XII Low ‘Black Patent’, and much more. Winning this award certainly does his alma mater of SDSU proud, as the school is known for producing some of brightest sneakerheads in basketball!
Honorable mentions: Kyrie Irving, Markieff Morris
The NBA Feet 2011-2012 Out Of Nowhere Player is…
If there’s anything more surprising than Paul George’s rise into the NBA spotlight, it’s his sweet sneaker rotation of the 2011-2012 NBA Season. His Air Jordan Retros, Kobe VII iDs, and Electrolime Foamposites were definitely worth noting, but it was his 2012 Dunk Contest appearance in the Nike Air Flight One ‘Glow In The Dark’ that confirmed the PG was all about the kicks.
Honorable mentions: Shannon Brown, Delonte West, Kendrick Perkins, Ty Lawson
The NBA Feet 2011-2012 PE Champ is…
The 2011-2012 NBA Season was one of the most interesting seasons for Player Exclusives, as it featured a collection of special issues not just for superstars, but for forgotten bench players as well. We saw LeBron James rotate a number of exclusives throughout the season, and even fellas like Bobby Simmons, Josh Howard, and Quentin Richardson had Air Jordan XIIIs to call their own, but the Champ of the Player Exclusive is Ray Allen, who won our hearts with the Black colorway of his Air Jordan XIII PE and a jaw-dropping Air Jordan XII worn just for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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