It's that time again, folks. After stating the cases of our six nominees - Terrence Ross, Nick Young, Tony Wroten, DeMarcus Cousins, Monta Ellis and P.J. Tucker - we're now ready to crown our 2014 Kicks On Court Champion.
Last week, we concluded the series highlighting the 2014 Kicks On Court Champion nominees. P.J. Tucker and Nick Young garnered an abundance of interest with their Nike Kobe debuts, while the latter also brought out Nike LeBron and Air Jordan gems. Monta Ellis, Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten kept it consistent throughout the season with notable kicks, and DeMarcus Cousins became the first ever big man to compete in the race.
On June 13th, this Friday, we will announce the winner of the 2014 Kicks On Court Champion award by way of our latest Kicks On Court Weekly Recap. Before the announcement, let us know your choice for this season's winner by placing your vote in the poll on the last page.
Last year around this time, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan was considered one of the top nominees to win the 2013 Kicks On Court Champion award. On a team full of sneaker enthusiasts, DeRozan was the ringleader. A year later, Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross has stepped into the forefront of the Raptors' Kicks On Court charge, and he has impressed spectators with his play and on-court footwear. The world has started to pay attention.
Sure, the Toronto Raptors lost Rudy Gay, a key piece when it comes to the Team Kicks On Court Award and their performance on court, but enter Terrence Ross. Performance-wise, Ross is one game removed from scoring a career-high 51 points, but his kicks on court resume has been nothing less than stellar. We've spotted him in the "Zebra" Nike Flyposite Exposed, "Steel" Air Jordan 10 and the Air Jordan 3 White/Cement just to name a few, but last night Ross debuted one of the most sought-after shoes of 2013 in Brooklyn. In fact, Ross became the first player to wear the Air Jordan 10 "Doernbecher" on court. The "Doernbecher" 10 released this past November and was designed by 12-year-old Daniel Pena who participated in the Doernbecher Freestyle Program
View these kicks on court, plus P.J. Tucker's HyperRev PE, below.
Gary Payton, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were all inactive in last night’s NBA action, but their soles still shined. Louis Williams, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor were among the current crop of talent that laced up signature shoes from the denoted legends. While three of the players pulled from pairs that launched in 2013, one went all the way back to 2006. Who rocked the best retros in this installment of Kicks On Court? Keep reading to find out and give us your vote in the comment section.
Following J.R. Smith's wear of his self-created 'Blue Coral Snake' Kobe 8 iD, we spot two more intriguing Kobe 8 iDs on the hardwood. Both Nick Young and Terrence Ross took to the court in 'Pit Viper' Nike Kobe 8 iDs in last night's games against the Detroit Pistons and the Portland Trail Blazers, respectively. Young's iDs feature a White/Stadium Grey with multiple Tour Yellow hints and a volt-colored, translucent outsole. As for Terrence Ross' pair, White/Stadium Grey dominate the upper as well, while University Red accents don the base. View these kicks on court, plus more, below.
We already know the Nick Youngs, the JR Smiths and the Nate Robinsons of the Kicks On Court world will forever bring an abundance of rare and intriguing sneakers to the court. But we seem to discover a new flock of players that demand attention with certain shoes on court each year. If you recall, we're only a year removed from Derrick Williams, DeMar DeRozan and Damian Lillard bursting onto the scene with creative takes in regards to the kicks on court they wear.
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