The 2012-2013 NBA regular season concluded with last night with the Los Angeles Lakers’ win over the Houston Rockets. Granted a full 82-game season this year following last year’s lockout, sneakerheads all over were jumping at the chance to see what their favorite players would rock on court. In a year dominated by signatures from all major brands, it was definitely nice to see players, such as Nick Young and Derrick Williams, delve into their respective closets and lace up timeless gems. As we prepare for the start of the postseason this weekend, check out our 20 favorite Kicks On Court surprises of the 2012-2013 NBA regular season.
Nate Robinson Rocks “Miro” Air Jordan 7s
We expected big things from Nate in his move to the Chicago Bulls, and the original Kicks On Court Champion didn’t disappoint. In a year where Nate pulled out nearly all the retro heat Jordan Brand had to offer, none may have been as big as the “Miro” Air Jordan 7s.
Russell Westbrook Return Home to LA in Air Jordan 3 PE
When Russell Westbrook’s 2011-12 NBA season ended with a loss in the NBA Finals, so did his contract with Nike. After much speculation in the offseason relating to which brand Russ would sign with next, Jordan Brand announced that Russell’s style, both on and off the court, combined with his love and dedication to the game make him a perfect fit for the Jordan Brand.” Weeks later, the new Jordan Brand athlete returned to his hometown of LA rocking perhaps the best PE we’ve seen this season, a black Air Jordan 3 dressed with Thunder Blue and Orange accents. One can only hope to see these on shelves someday.
Ray Allen Rocks Jordan 16 PE in Season Opener
The 2012 NBA offseason accounted for a lot of player movement that had us excited for the beginning of the season. Dwight Howard’s move to LA was huge, but when Ray Allen signed with the defending Champion Miami Heat, we all knew we were in for a treat. With all eyes on Ray for the season opener, he sported a never-before-seen white, red and gold Air Jordan 16 PE. A perfect introduction for Mr. Shuttlesworth’s debut in Miami.
Nate Robinson Wears Yeezy 2
Following the release of the Air Yeezy 2, Kicks On Court Champion candidates Nick Young and Paul George both stated that they would debut the Nike Air Yeezy 2 on court in the upcoming season. As spectators patiently waited to see which of the two would don this coveted sneaker on court, Nate Robinson beat both guys to the punch debuting them March 6th against the San Antonio Spurs.
Dwyane Wade Rocks Mache Custom Way of Wade?
With the surge of shoe customization in the last couple of years, we’ve wondered if we’d ever see a marquee player rocking a pair on court. Li-Ning’s newest signee, Dywane Wade, granted our wishes this season as he laced up a pair of his Way of Wade’s specially customized by Mache.
Nick Young Rocks “West Coast” Nike Zoom LeBron III against Brooklyn?
After returning from injury, Nick “Swaggy P” Young took to the court in all-white kicks for the start of spring. Determined to repeat as this year’s Kicks On Court Champion, Young laced up the “West Coast” Nike Zoom LeBron IIIs against the Brooklyn Nets.
Willie Green Laces Up Special Reebok Kamikaze II?
Reebok retros made a strong return to the hardwood this season with iconic releases such as the Answer IV and Kamikaze II. Following the release of the original white/black-green colorway Kamikaze II’s, Willie Green shocked fans by wearing a never-before-seen red, white and blue colorway of Shawn Kemp’s timeless sneaker.
Rajon Rondo Opens the Season in the “Polarized Pink” Foamposites
Prior to Rajon Rondo’s season-ending ACL injury, the nifty point guard built a solid case for why he should’ve been considered for this year’s Kicks On Court Champion. Mr. Triple-Double didn’t waste any time as he broke out heat in the form of the “Pearlized Pink” Nike Air Foamposite Ones during the season opener.
Atlanta Hawks Sport “South Beach” Top Ten 2000s in Miami?
Team unity was definitely on display this year in Atlanta. In their first trip to Miami, Josh Smith, Jeff Teague and Devin Harris all wore the “South Beach” adidas Top Ten 2000s. This would later inspire Iman Shumpert to do the same in his return to South Beach.
LeBron James Brings Out Suede LeBron X PEs
In a debate about which shoe was most popular on court this year, the Nike LeBron X definitely tops the competition. While LeBron debuted his fair share of PEs this season, none stirred up as much attention as his two suede PEs. The real question is, which one looks better?
Swaggy P breaks out the Nike Air Zoom GP II
Last year’s Kicks On Court Champion, Nick Young left Hollywood to be the Fresh Prince in Philly. Known for having one of the deepest closets in the league, Nick showed everyone just how deep his collection is by pulling out the Nike Air Zoom GP IIs in a home game against the Bobcats. Did Nick do enough to repeat as this year’s champion?
Rondo Dons Atomic Green Hyperposites
Typically seen as the preferred shoe for big men around the league, Rajon Rondo took a major liking to this Foamposite spin-off this season. In an effort to boast some Celtic Pride, Rondo had this exceptional PE dressed in a metallic “Atomic Green” that definitely stirred up some chatter.
LeBron Rocks “Carmex” LeBron Xs?
Over the course of his career, LeBron has been known to pull out all the stops in his matchups against the Heat’s new rival, the New York Knicks. During their March matchup at Madison Square Garden, the King debuted a yellow LeBron X with a white midsole and red accents. James ultimately dubbed this makeup as the “Carmex” LeBron Xs via his Instagram. How does this one fair compared to some of the other LeBron Xs James rocked this season?
Brandon Jennings Posts Big Numbers in the UA Cam Highlight Trainer
Over the course of the past few years, we’ve seen plenty of trainers hit the hardwood, such as Gilbert Arenas? Nike Air Trainer, and Amar?e Stoudemire?s Nike Zoom Huarache Trainer. Brandon Jennings definitely raised some eyebrows as he posted 20 points and 17 assists while wearing the Under Armour Cam Highlight Trainer. A huge double-double and a victory? Maybe BJ should consider wearing trainers more often.
Iman Shumpert Brings Jeremy Scotts To the Court?
Coming off an ACL injury that kept him sidelined for much of the year, Iman knew he had to rock something insane to match the excitement of his first Brooklyn vs. New York matchup. We learned in our 1 on 1 interview with Shump that he was not only an avid wearer of Jeremy Scott kicks, but also that he was considering bringing them to the hardwood. Perfect timing? We think so.
DeMar DeRozan Dons “Gem Green” Foamposites with Camo Uniforms
DeMar DeRozan started this season blazing hot, wearing an array of retro Jordans from the White/Red Jordan 1s to “Fire Red” 5s. In an effort to display a little variety, DeMar wore the “Gem Green” Nike Air Foamposite Pros, which were a perfect match for Toronto’s camo unis. Did we mention that this was an on-court debut?
Derrick Williams Brings Out “Oxidized Green” Jordan 14s
If you’re an avid reader of our Kicks On Court column, you’ll know it’s no secret that Derrick Williams excelled in our closet appeal category this season. Constantly showcasing his love for the Jordan 14 silhouette, Derrick took it all the way back to 1999 by lacing up the “Oxidized Green” Air Jordan 14s.
Ray Allen Laces Up Exclusive PEs for Christmas
Let’s face it, Ray Allen pretty much owns Kicks On Court during the holidays, and last Christmas was no different. Ray brought out not only a never-before- seen Christmas inspired Air Jordan XX, but a Air Jordan XVIII as well. Which PE do you prefer?
Derrick Williams Debuts “Oregon” 4s on Court
When he’s not turning back the clock with the sneakers he rocks, Derrick Williams plays in the shoes we only wish we could own. Concluding a season in which he made a strong case of why he should be the 2012-2013 Kicks On Court Champion, Williams broke out the “Oregon” Air Jordan 4s in the desert, displaying a little Pac-12 love.
LeBron Rocks “Fairfax” VIs in Return to Cleveland?
Since his departure from Cleveland two seasons ago, fans mark their calendars for LeBron’s return to his home state each year. Determined to don something special on court, ‘Bron dugg deep into his arsenal of kicks and laced up the “Fairfax” Nike Zoom LeBron VIs. Was this LeBron’s biggest surprise of the year?