1. Class of 1997
Could Jordan Brand be more than just Michael Jordan? Many people had to wonder that back in 1997 and some do still wonder that today. The original class of Vin Baker, Eddie Jones, Derek Anderson, Michael Finley, and Ray Allen proved a pivotal introduction and strong statement for the brand.
Vin Baker would go on to have two signature shoes, the Jumpman Pro Strong and Jumpman Vindicate. He would establish a post presence on the brand and break any thought that roster spots would be reserved for two-guards.
Like Baker, Eddie Jones would have a successful string of signature shoes. The Jumpman Pro Quick and Jumpman Swift 6 would span All-Star play, eventually giving way to retro PEs and team makeups.
While Derek Anderson and Michael Finley would never lace up a Jordan of their own namesake, both served as models for the brand on court and in advertisement. Their strong character and fundamental games were great representations of the team on the hardwood and their sense of cool complimented L’Style campaigns.
Over the course of his career, Ray Allen rose to best in class. Though never a signature endorser, Allen holds title for most important accomplishments on court of any team member. His dedication to the brand is apparent by his loyalty and their appreciation is well documented by a deep vault of PEs.
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