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NBA Journeymen: A History of Brand Switching

Previously published in 2010, updated in 2014 for historical accuracy

The recent rise of Chinese based brands and local upstarts has provided major headlines and caused many of the NBA’s most famous faces to switch brands. KG’s summer move to Anta surprised many as he became one of the biggest and latest names to swap logos after being one of the most recognizable faces on adidas for many years. While global competition has affected brand loyalty as of late, flip-flopping between sneaker contracts is nothing new. Over the past four decades, numerous pro hoopers have endorsed kicks with multiple brands. Pull out your Trapper Keeper and take notes as we offer a history lesson on the NBA’s most storied sneaker journeymen.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett

Player: Kevin Garnett

Brands/Tenure: Nike (95-01), AND1 (02-03), adidas (04-10), Anta (Present)

Best shoes with each brand: Nike Air Flight Max, Nike Air Garnett 3, AND1 KG
2, adidas TS Supernatural Commander

Kevin Garnett may be the only athlete to have a signature shoe with four different brands. His first three deals saw multi signature lines and we expect the same from Anta. With Nike, KG rocked a plethora of Uptempos and also debuted the Flightposite line. As a member of AND1 he had two signatures as well. After a brief stint he’d jump ship for adidas where he’d have three sigs along with being an integral part of the “Believe in Five” campaign and TS line. Anta has already given him signature models for on and off the court.

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