In the NBA, we have many ballers displaying their best footwork on the court. Whether it’s the latest LeBrons, the newest KDs or some classic Jordans and Foamposites, many NBA players can show that they can bring the heat.
Most of these players have insane sneaker collections, and they have it available for the world to see, mostly on Instagram. Whether if it is on or off the court, these NBA players have the sneaker game that hardly anyone else can compete with (of course, it helps to have connects and oh yeah, money).
Now, under certain conditions — we cannot include players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and others, as they have their own signature sneakers — here are the top 10 NBA sneakerheads on Instagram.
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George is coming off one heck of a year with the Indiana Pacers, breaking out onto the scene and emerging into one of the top swingman, let alone players, in the NBA. While racking up Most Improved Player of the Year honors and having Indiana one game short of the NBA Finals, George also showed off his major sneaker game throughout the year. George has rocked different sneakers on the court such as as the Air Jordan Retro 3 “Black Cement” and a couple pairs of Foamposites, Kobes and Spizikes, but the three-year pro also brings it off the court. Take a look in the photo above of him rocking Concords in Shanghai.
Williams is in for a big year with the Brooklyn Nets next season as he tries to lead a group of players featuring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and more to a NBA championship. While that is going on, Williams also looks to bring his sneaker game to another level. Being a Nike athlete has its advantages, as Williams was seen throughout last season rocking Nike Hyperdunk Lows, Nike Air Force Maxes and more. Off the court, however, is another story. Before the Nets last home game of the 2012-13 regular season, Williams rocked the heavily coveted Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Solar Red” to Barclays Center. Enough said.
Much like Williams, Andre Iguodala was seen rocking signature Nike Basketball sneakers on the court with the Denver Nuggets last season, such as the Nike Hyperfuse Low. Off the court, it’s a completely different story for the 29-year-old. Iggy can be seen wearing a handful of different Air Jordan retro models, Foamposites, the Nike Zoom Revis and more. However, the best one out of them all has to be the pair of the Air Jordan 4 “Oregon” PE samples that he owns, as shown above. I hope to see Iguodala, who’s now with the Golden State Warriors, bring out sneakers like these on the court. With the Air Jordan 5 “Laney” scheduled to come out in November, the colorway would fit perfectly with Iguodala’s new team.
10. DeMARCUS COUSINS
Cousins has been no stranger to bringing heat on the court with the Sacramento Kings, as he was seen wearing KD 5 IDs and the “Cool Grey” and “Concord” Retro 11s last season. Cousins shows a heck of a lot more when it comes to his Instagram profile, as it’s Air Jordans for days. Some of the colorways include the Carmine 6s, Mars Blackmon 4s, Toro Bravo 4s and Hare 7s. Cousins also displays taste in other places around Nike Basketball, such as Hyperposites, LeBrons and Kobes. What is most impressive, however, is that Foamposite collection he’s been growing, as shown above.
9. IMAN SHUMPERT
For the first time, we get a guy who isn’t all about Nike and Air Jordan. New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert is all adidas, all day. Shumpert wore a handful of adidas sneakers throughout the year, most notably his Crazy 8 PEs. Off the court, Shumpert can be seen wearing the Jeremy Scott designer adidas sneakers as well. However, the best treat Shumpert gave to us when he showed off these silver D Rose 3 low samples, as shown above. It will be interesting if Shumpert continues sporting these styles, or if he moves on to the Crazyquick. Heck, maybe he’ll end up getting a signature shoe of his own.
8. J.R. SMITH
J.R. Smith has been keeping it fresh ever since he entered the league. Last season with the Knicks, the 26-year-old was seen rocking several Air Jordans and Nikes, such as IDs for the Kobes, KDs and LeBrons, as well as Hyperdunks. Smith also rocked the Air Jordan 12 “Cool Grey” during some games. However, Smith’s most notable performance on his feet was when he rocked the KD 5 Low “EYBL,” a colorway that was never released from Nike Basketball. Off the court, Smith has a massive Air Jordan closet, and he isn’t afraid to wear some Chuck Taylors either.
7. STEPHEN JACKSON
Being on Jordan Brand has its perks, and Jackson definitely shows that off. Jackson joined Jordan Brand when playing for the Charlotte Bobcats a few years back, and since then, he’s been bringing the heat ever since. Jackson can be seen wearing the latest Air Jordan models that are scheduled to release over five months from now, and that was shown before last season began when his sneaker closet was on display. Jackson is a major Jordan head, mostly with the Spizikes. Expect to see more from Jackson next season if he gets signed.
6. RUDY GAY
The Toronto Raptors as a whole displayed the best sneaker game on the court last season, but it was Rudy Gay who stood out the most from the pack. Gay rocked an abundance of Hyperposites on the court, but the best was when he displayed Carmine 6s and his Stealth Foamposites on several occasions. Gay was also no stranger to other Air Jordans, such as the Bred 11s or the Toro Bravo 5s. Above, Gay showed off the Playoff and Bugs Bunny 8s, both sneakers he got before the release date at the time. Being traded to the Raptors ended up doing the best for Gay to get creative with what he put on his feet when he heads to the court.
5. NICK YOUNG
You can’t have a sneakerhead list without having Swaggy P in it. Since entering the league, Nick Young has been bringing the sneak heat on the court for a long time. The addition of his choice of wear just only adds to his everlasting swag. Throughout the year, Young displayed a ton of different sneakers such as the Air Jordan 3 “Doernbecher” and a handful of other retro models. Adding to it, Young was no stranger to Foamposites, vintage LeBrons and Kobes. Now with the Los Angeles Lakers, expect that Kobe collection to start growing. Off the court, we can get a look at Young displaying his Jordan collection and high some high-end streetwear like Louis Vuittons, as shown above with his own shoe butler. Yeah, know anyone else with their own shoe butler?
4. NATE ROBINSON
Playing for the Chicago Bulls last season might have been the best thing to happen to Nate Robinson with his sneaker collection. I don’t think we’ve seen anyone else who had rocked such a great variety of sneakers over the course of the past season than Nate did with his combination of black/red colorways he brought out to the court. Some of the most notable were his Mache Air Jordan customs, Infrared 6s and Playoff 13s. However, the best sneaker moment of this past season was when he pulled out the “Solar Red” Yeezys, the first and only player to do so in the league. With the Denver Nuggets now, expect to see some rarer kicks coming from Robinson.
3. C.J. MILES
Miles is easily the most underrated NBA sneakerhead on Instagram. With less than 10,000 followers, this forward needs some more love. Miles can be seen on the court wearing several KD 4 IDs, Air Jordans and more. In fact, Dime was able to catch up with Miles a couple years ago in his sneaker shopping adventure in New York. Miles has never been a stranger to any sneakers, and has been seen with some very rare ones such as the Air Jordan 5 “Tokyo.” He was seen in last year’s photoshoot for the Cleveland Cavaliers wearing Concords and black/gold Kobes. Miles definitely needs some more publicity for his sneaker game.
2. DERRICK WILLIAMS
It’s without a doubt that Derrick Williams literally has everything. Williams was this year’s Kicks On Court champion for Nice Kicks, and there was no surprise why. Williams rocked so many great sneakers this past season, there was just too many to count. Williams was seen with Nike retros from way back in the ’90s as well as rare Jordans like the Oregon 4 samples. From Foamposites to LeBrons to Jordans, Williams had it all whether it was on or off the court. It’s going to be exciting to see what he pulls out next season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
1. JARRETT JACK
Derrick Williams definitely came onto the scene big time last season, but Jarrett Jack has been about that life for a while. I really don’t think there is anyone in the NBA who can compete with Jack. Just about two years ago, Jack was asked about Wale‘s sneaker collection, who is always seen getting things early and wearing samples. Wale claims he owns over 500 pairs of sneakers, but it was Jack who made things clear, saying, “He can’t compete with me.” If that’s not enough to convince you, maybe these photos will. Jack looks to get more creative next season as he tries to match things up with the wine-and-gold colors the Cavaliers possess.
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