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

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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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  • smalls

    next on the list is Rondo if nike doesnt give him a signature. He deserves a shoe to call his own.

    • Erwin

      Rondo has some good skills in his sleeves but he is not that great as Kobe, Wade or LeBron

      • FeralCroon

        Or Durant

      • bdaking

        he has a ring and king james doesnt. big part of the “big 4”

  • Erwin

    Kobe is simply amazing. Heis truly one of te best icons of the NBA!!

    • RETRO5S

      i’m a Lakers fan too, but really what you said barely has anything to do with this article.

      nice post NK! enjoyed reading it. why Ron Artest with all the ghetto brands though. hahaha

  • dopasaurus

    Nice f’in call on Spree’s Converse Acropolis…I had the Golden State colorway back then. First non-swoosh ball shoes I ever had.

  • Starfox2735567

    what about the KOBE Nike2 was his best shoe

  • Anonymous

    I’m not trying to sound biased here, but is it just me or is most of these guys best shoes were from either Nike or Reebok? But hey, Dada wasn’t bad either. those Cdubbs blew everybody away, and the Spinners wasn’t bad either, even though they were mad gimmicky.

  • bran

    So basically KG downgraded then upgraded then downgraded even worse

  • guest

    i like this article! but dont forget about grant hill! (fila, adidas, nike)

    • Ian

      Great point, G Hill did rock various brands. Him and Stackhouse are good examples of guys that rocked various brands, but unlike the others featured they really only had a sig with one brand. Awesome sigs at that tho.

  • abregueo

    kobe rockin JB… i want to see more of that… is that possible? im sure he has more PE?s…

  • Screamkareem

    what about Grant Hill?????

  • Gath OoLong

    the Nike Shobiz wasnt Stephs signature shoe…he was wit and1 when the shoe came out and then he was only wearin penny IVs then it was back to and1 for the tai chi in 2000-’01
    Kobes best shoe were his Signature “Laker” Jordans

  • Weirdo 432

    wade shouldnt have gone to jordan his converse shoes were much better…

  • KingDingaling

    J Kidd is actually back with Nike…REMEMBER?

    • nicekicks

      ?@KingDingaling?Indeed. ?This post was written nearly 2 years ago tho.?

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  • Mike Floyd Jr.

    Adrian J Davis Daniel Godd Rosado.. I remember each and every sneaker. #HoopinAndKicks

  • Rv Amaranto

    Roger hala! Lipat na KD

  • Adrian J Davis

    Mike Floyd Jr. I def remember , I remember the hurache 2k4 was supposed to be kobes til he caught that charge

  • Mike Floyd Jr.

    Yea that was tough. Remember he rocked the the throwback huaraches earlier. The gave him PE’s for the 2k4 and 5’s but def rocked them though on the court.

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  • Jason Born

    El-shaadi Melchizedeck-el

  • Fazerr da Raiser

    And 1 spree low….dope kickz…

  • Caleb Fry

    under Armour. Talked with one of his friends.

  • Ry Hazelager

    Matthew Trezise