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6 NBA Players Who Have Their Own Signature Shoes

Air Jordan is one of the most iconic signature shoes. In fact, it started a sneakers revolution in the NBA!

Nowadays, having own pair of signature shows is a prestige every basketball players dreamt of. They meant two things: one, you are one of the best NBA players and two, you are pretty popular.

Here are the NBA players who have their own signature shoes.

1) Michael Jordan (Air Jordan by Nike)

Considered the most famous face of Nike, Jordan debuted the Air Jordan 1s in Washington, DC circa 1985 that retailed for $65. The red-black-and-white combo is unique to him and his team, Chicago Bulls. In September 2016, the design was relaunched as Bred 1s as a part of Nike’s retro releases. A pair was sold for $160.

2) Shaquille O’Neal (Shaq Attaq by Reebok)

Shaq’s signature sneakers were released in 1992, on the same year that he was drafted in the league. His Shaq Attaqs were sold for $130 a pair—quite pricey then. In 1996, he released his own Shaq brand. And then in 2001, he released his own sneakers brand, Dunkman. His shoes are sold for $12.

3) Allen Iverson (Question by Reebok)

Iverson is Jordan’s Reebok counterpart. He signed a deal with the company as soon as he was drafted in 1996, a ten-year, $50-million contract which was elevated to a lifetime contract. Question sneakers, which was sold for $99.99 per pair, are still available today for $68.98 in various colourways.

4) Kobe Bryant (KB8 by Adidas)

Before Kobe signed with Nike, he was with Adidas. Bryant’s KB8, or the Crazy 8s as the fans call it, was originally sold for $100. In 2012, Adidas KB8 was hailed as one of the top 10 NBA shoes in history. KB8s are still available today for the same price.

5) LeBron James (Air Zoom Generation by Nike)

Released in 2003, James’ Air Zoom was sold for $110. It was also sold as a retro piece in 2017 for a hefty $170 a pair. But this was not the most expensive Nike sneakers from James. Nike LeBron X Plus, which has a motion sensor, was released in 2012 for $315 per pair. It was the year when James won the NBA Championship title, NBA MVP award, NBA Finals MVP award, and Olympic gold medal within the same year. James and Jordan are the only two NBA players who earned that accolade.

6) Stephen Curry (Curry One by Under Armour)

Curry was late into the sneakers game when he debuted his Curry One in 2015, after six years in the league. It retailed for $120 per pair. Nike endorsed him but failed to sign him for long-term, so he jumped ship to Under Armour. Indeed, Curry played a key role in putting the brand on the map.

Some sceptics, however, raised eyebrows on some NBA players who are nowhere near any best list nor famous enough and yet, they have their own signature shoes. These are

  • Matthew Dellavedoa (Delly 1 by Peak Australia)
  • George Hill (Monster by Peak US)
  • Kevin Love (Kevin Love 1 by 361 Degrees)
  • Evan Turner (Evan Turner Speed 4 by Li-Ning)
  • Michael Carter Williams (Michael Carter Williams Men’s Professional Basketball Shoes by Li-Ning)
  • Rajon Rondo (RR1 Basketball Shoes by Anta)

Well, they may not be popular in the NBA, but they are elsewhere.

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6 Most Underrated Basketball Players in NBA History

It takes a village of well-knowing basketball players to create a legend. It’s not always the work of a single man. Unfortunately, the name of the legends linger, and those who helped him become one are left in vain.

Here are the most underrated NBA players in history.

Manu Ginobili

Ginobili spends most of his playing career with the San Antonio Spurs. El Contusione is one in eight players who have four NBA Championship rings and an Olympic gold medal. The Argentinian also has a EuroLeague title under his belt.

Also, he paved the way for other NBA greats such as Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. In terms of win shares for the postseason, Ginobili comfortably sits at the 19th position higher than some Hall of Famers.

Even then, he seemed to be an underrated NBA draft pick as well at 57th.

Bernard King

King, who stands at 6’7”, has an average of 22.5 points per game. And there are only a few active players who can do that. At specific periods of his career, he even averaged 28 and 29 points per game. 

With that said, King has been regarded as the most explosive player during offensive plays. No other defender could stop him then.

However, King was not inducted in the Hall of Fame and would not be in the coming years to unknown reasons.

Dennis Rodman

Rodman was one of the greatest trios in NBA history, along with Scottie Pippen and, yes, the legend Michael Jordan. Rodman has three championships in total (Detroit Pistons, two and Chicago Bulls, three).

The Worm, as he was called, was also a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and seven-time NBA All-Defensive Team.

On the other hand, he was only chosen to be a part of the All-Star games twice.

Sam Jones

Jones was an ultimate champion, having been considered as one of the 50 greatest players ever. He has 10 NBA Championship titles—one title short of that of Bill Russell’s. 

One good thing about Jones was he played for teamwork rather than as an individual basketball player. Although, he made winning shots that catapulted Boston Celtics to greater heights.

Ask a basketball fan, however, and no one knows the name, though, he deserved all the respect he could get.

Scottie Pippen

The truth is, there is no Jordan without Pippen and Rodman. He had all the right stats: 16.1 points per game. 6.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.

Pippen was also one of the best defensive forwards to ever grace the NBA. Did you know that Pippen once contained Magic Johnson during the 1991 NBA Finals game? I bet you didn’t.

Fans are quick to say that Pippen wouldn’t win any championship without Jordan. But for Pippen fanatics, Jordan would never win a title without Pippen.

Dominique Wilkins

Wilkins was the dunk phenomenon of the 1980s NBA. He won at least two dunk contests on that decade. And no one can stop him when he was on the lane.

He averaged 25 points per game in 10 consecutive seasons. Only a few players can do that including Jordan, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, and Shaquille O’Neal. At one point, he scored 23 out of 23 of his free throws—he still holds the record.

However, for the NBA management, these records weren’t enough to include him in the league’s 50th Anniversary Team. 

 

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4 Basketball Players That Changed the NBA

The beauty of basketball lies in the fact that it continuously evolves. For one, it has 13 rules when James Naismith introduced it in 1891, but today’s game complies with a rulebook of 66 pages.

Time and again, people came to the league and impacted the way it operates—the impact was so huge at times a rule was named after him.

Speaking of these players, here are the most influential names that changed how the game is played.

Shaquille ’O’Neal

Not all NBA players are created equal, and ’O’Neal is the perfect example of this. He was not the most versatile player ’you’d see in the court, and his greatest weakness was shooting free throws. 

Hack-a-Shaq was invented, which means to intentionally foul ’O’Neal since he cannot score from the line. This gives the other team a chance to get the ball possession. 

It was banned by the NBA in 2017, giving the fouled team one free throw and the possession. The No Hack-A-Shaq Rule made it pointless to commit an intentional foul.

Allen Iverson

Iverson was one of the shortest players to ever play in the NBA. But this ’didn’t stop him from winning the MVP award. He also averaged 20 points per game. Iverson is an inspiration for other short players (by ’NBA’s standard) who also desires of becoming aggressive scorers. He even gave Michael Jordan an in-your-face score on his rookie season.

Aside from that, he popularized the crossover move which then became as The Allen Iverson Crossover. He was one of the most recognizable players from afar also staring from his trademark cornrows to tattoos and arm sleeves—the hip-hop swagger. Thereby not just merging sports and entertainment but also starting a culture. 

Iverson was so influential in this aspect that the NBA management required the players to adhere to a strict dress code in 2005. Before and after each game, all the players need to wear business casual attire.

Bill Russell

The Finals MVP award was named after him after Russell won 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. He was one of the GOAT (greatest of all time) players; he was a proud owner of an NCAA title, NBA title, and Olympic gold medal. Russell was the only player who has won all three. He was the ’NBA’s greatest defender. 

Off-court, he was a proud Black athlete who became a head coach and won a major sports league. Russell opposed strongly to racism. 

Michael Jordan

As the GOAT, Jordan has changed the NBA in many ways. He always wanted to take the game a notch higher, starting with levying for the players to be paid a premium. Today, the league is a big deal, not just the salaries, but also sports apparel. 

It was Jordan who put athletic wear in the mainstream, particularly his shoes. A pair of Jordans is a necessity when in the court. Also, people still buy his #23 Chicago Bulls jersey. Jordan made tons of TV commercials and one of the most-loved movies of all time.

 

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