Jumpmen: The 12 Biggest Signings in Jordan Brand Basketball History

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Joining Jordan Brand is a unique accomplishment that few athletes can attain. Over the years, JB has grown to host NFL players, drivers and even artists, but the true essence of the company lies in basketball. Filling the shoes of your boss is always a tall task, especially when your boss is Michael Jordan, but the Jordan Brand roster has always done its best to represent both MJ’s legacy and the current climate of hoops culture.

With the recent acquisition of Duke sensation Jabari Parker, we decided it was time to revise and reevaluate the biggest basketball signings in JB basketball history. Some spots remain the same, but fresh faces, elevated play and new footwear selections have shaken up the standings. See our picks in the feature below, and share your take with us on Twitter and in the comment section.

12. Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

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Following the 2013-14 season, Kawhi Leonard on Jordan Brand seems like a sure thing, but it was some strong foresight in hindsight. Coming into the year, Kawhi showed potential as a class act talent with a strong shoe game. Nevertheless, the standout swingman played in a relatively small market with no All-Star nods to his name. Making the leap when it mattered most, Kawhi proved a winner and a relentless yet calm competitor in the NBA Finals, taking home the championship trophy and the NBA Finals MVP award. The only other athlete in Jordan Brand history do both? That’d be Michael Jordan.

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Ian Stonebrook lives in Austin, TX where he spends most of his time kicking it with friends and fam, hooping, golfing and going out.

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  1. Actually Dwayne Wade did it in 2005-2006 season when the heat won their 1st championship and D. Wade won Finals MVP. So there are two Jordan Brand Athletes who did it besides Kawhi. @Ian Stonebrook

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