NBA Feet: 2012-2013 Mid-Season Rewind
All-Star Weekend is about to start, but here on Sneaker News, we’re focused a bit more of what’s “on feet” rather than the numbers these athletes put up on a nightly basis. If you’ve been following NBA Feet, you’d be well aware that this season was by far the most “heated” season ever; sneakerheads have emerged in the NBA with an endless list of players rocking their own heat to showcase to the countless spectators of the game. There have been a select list of these NBA athletes that have stuck out in particular, so without further ado, here’s a look at our NBA Feet 2012-2013 Mid-Season All-Stars.
Of course, some ground rules have to be set. Signature athletes and those who have the luxury of receiving Player Exclusives directly from brands are excluded – that’s why you won’t see guys like LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Kobe Bryant, and Ray Allen in this list – and consistency in rotation is exceptionally key. The NBA Feet All-Stars we selected give props and kudos to those who have clearly dipped into their own sneaker collections and selected their nightly wear, imprinting their marks in the sneaker game and influencing their teammates with their own efforts. Check the roster of twelve below and stay tuned to Sneaker News for more of the best NBA Feet coverage out there!
Monta Ellis – Milwaukee Bucks
Highlights: Original Air Jordan XVII and XIX, Air Jordan Retros
The defending NBA Feet MVP continues his amazing performance this season, earning a ticket to our exclusive list of NBA Feet All-Stars. Although Monta Ellis is not an official Jordan Brand athlete, it’s clear that he knows is Retros and his collection is likely much deeper than what we’ve seen in NBA games.
Nick Young – Philadelphia Sixers
Highlights: Nike Air Zoom Kobe 1, Nike Air Zoom GP II, Air Jordan III ‘Doernbecher’, Nike Kobe 8 iD
Nick Young has found a nice role for himself as an off-the-bench spark for the Sixers, but he’s a definite starter on our All-Star squad. Every time he steps on the court, we’re treated with a great rotation of footwear that mixes in Nike and Air Jordans. The true gems of his NBA Feet sightings is undoubtedly his throwback picks like the Nike Air Zoom Kobe 1 (2006) and the Air Zoom GP II (2000).
DeMar DeRozan – Toronto Raptors
Highlights: Air Jordan V ‘Raging Bull’, Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘Gym Green’, Air Jordan IV ‘Black Cat’
The Raptors star has traded in his Dunk Contest laces for much better ones as his display of sneakers during the 2012-2013 NBA Season has been nothing short of MVP-worthy. A steady rotation of Air Jordans and Zoom Kobes with a sudden insertion of LeBron X releases has his sneaker rotation rather appealing to the current sneakerhead.
Derrick Williams – Minnesota Timberwolves
Highlights: Air Jordan XII ‘French Blue’, Nike LeBron 9 ‘China’, Nike Zoom Rookie LWP ‘Galaxy’
Derrick comes from the University of Arizona, where Sneakerhead 101 was likely a required class for anyone wearing a Wildcats jersey. Unlike DeMar and Monta, Derrick doesn’t have the luxury of wearing an NBA jersey that can match anything “Bred”, but that only meant that Derrick’s sneaker selections were one of the more creative ones in the NBA. French Blue XIIs, Galaxy Zoom Rookies, and even a clean two-toned Hyperdunk have been spotted on his feet, as have the adidas adiZero Ghost.
Michael Beasley – Phoenix Suns
Highlights: Air Jordan VII ‘Flint’, Air Jordan XX ‘Stealth’, Jordan Spiz’ike iD
Once touted to be the next elite-level superstar in the NBA, Michael Beasley has found a home on the bench for the Phoenix Suns. He’s adapted to the role rather nicely, chipping in 10 and 4 in just over 20 minutes a game. Beasley’s love for Jordans can’t be expressed quite easily as the Phoenix Suns colorway is a rarity on an Air Jordan Retro, but he’s managed to do just fine with his Air Jordan VII ‘Flint’ and trio of Spiz’ike iD while going classic ‘Bred’ with the Air Jordan IV, XX, and XX3.
Nate Robinson – Chicago Bulls
Highlights: Air Jordan VII ‘Miro’, Air Jordan VII ‘Hare’, Air Jordan III ‘Doernbecher’
Nate can now wear Air Jordans to his hearts desire because, well, he plays for the Bulls. The Air Jordan XII is a clear favorite of his as he’s rotated Taxis, Flu Games (2009), Rising Suns, Playoffs, and White/Reds over the season, but the Air Jordan VII was where the heat was at as he brought out the Hare and Miro on separate occasions.
Jordan Crawford – Washington Wizards
Highlights: Nike Air Flight One ‘Galaxy’, Air Jordan XI Low ‘White/Red’, Nike Zoom KD IV ‘N7’
Jordan Crawford’s in our radar. He was an honorable mention when we named our NBA Feet MVP last season, and here he is again in our MVP Candidates list at mid-season. His sneaker rotation includes a Retro variety from Air Jordan and Nike, with his Cool Grey XI and Air Flight One ‘Galaxy’ being the most notable of the bunch.
Amir Johnson – Toronto Raptors
Highlights: Air Jordan III ‘Black/Cement’, Nike Air Penny II ‘Cyber’, Nike Zoom Flight V iD
The Toronto Raptors are without question THE sneakerhead squad in the NBA. It’s even rubbed off on newly acquired Rudy Gay, who has since shelved his Nike Hyperposite PEs and more for Air Jordans, but with just a few days in his revamped sneaker rotation, we can’t add him just yet. His teammate Amir Johnson, however, deserves a spot with one of the best Air Jordan rotations as well as Nike Basketball iD creations.
DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings
Highlights: Air Jordan XI ‘Cool Grey’, Nike Zoom Flight V iD, Nike Zoom KD IV ‘Christmas’
The Sacramento Kings phenom has displayed a sneaker selection as versatile as his game. Air Jordan XIs, two of the best iD creations of the popular Nike Zoom Flight V, an affinity for KDs, and even some LeBron 8 Lows make up the bulk of his rotation.
J.R. Smith – New York Knicks
Highlights: Air Jordan XII ‘Cool Grey’, Nike Air Penny V ‘Orlando’, Air Jordan XII ‘Taxi’
J.R. Smith’s a legitimate sneakerhead who has shown us his personal collection on numerous occasions. During his breakout season with the Knicks as perhaps the Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. has rotated a nice selection of kicks like the Air Jordan XII and some clean iD varieties of the KD IV and Kobe VII, and even supported his teammate Carmelo Anthony by wearing both Home and Away colorways of the M8 Advance as well as the Melo M9 ‘Christmas’.
P.J. Tucker – Phoenix Suns
Highlights: Nike Air Max CB34 ‘Godzilla’, Nike Air Max2 CB ’94, Nike KD V ‘BHM’
Gerald Green – Indiana Pacers
Highlights: Reebok Question Mid ‘White/Navy’, Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’, Nike Zoom Flight 95 ‘Career Pack’
The former Dunk Contest champ was once touted as “the next Tracy McGrady”. Although Green never lived up to that expectation, he’s found a solid home in Indiana as a valuable bench player. What will he showcase when he shows up for the Dunk Contest?