Training shoes may not be ideal on the hardwood, but that hasn’t stopped players from wearing the all-purpose shoes on court. Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas once wore the Nike Air Trainer Classic, Amar’e Stoudemire wore Huarache Trainers for a year straight, and just last year, Brandon Jennings wore the Under Armour Cam Highlight, Cam Newtwon’s signature shoe. Even LeBron James sported Trainers on court. Seeing training shoes being worn on court, therefore, shouldn’t come as a surprise any longer.
Two of the Top Kicks On Court Champion nominees this season had stellar games last night in wins for their respective ball clubs. With Michael Carter-Williams back in the rotation, 76ers guard Tony Wroten returned to his bench role but proved to be just a productive as he was in his starting position. The former Washington Husky dropped 19 points while wearing the Air Jordan 2 White/Varsity Red via the Air Jordan 2/21 Countdown Package from 2008. This marks the first time we’ve seen the Air Jordan 2 on court since Quentin Richardson laced up his Air Jordan 2 “Knicks” PE in the first round the of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
As for Nick Young, he recorded 25 points and four assists off the Lakers’ bench in a Nike Kobe 8 ‘Stadium Grey’ iD. In addition to the Stadium Grey upper, Young’s iDs also feature a Court Purple heel clip and Tour Yellow accents, including the midsole, lining and laces. Young has now worn eight different Kobe 8 iDs this season. View these kicks on court, plus Monta Ellis’ Air Jordan 13s and Paul George’s CP3.VIIs, below.
Is Tony Wroten the early front-runner for Kicks On Court Champion? The season is only eight games in, but Wroten has already managed to lace up “French Blue” 12s, a brand new Mache Custom and “Toro Bravo” 5s. Last night for Philly’s Veterans Day hosting of the Spurs, Wroten laced up two classics that are almost laceless. The Sixers two-guard doubled up on signature sneakers, rocking the shroud sporting OG Air Jordan 18 White/Red, before zipping down the Nike Air Zoom Flight The Glove.
While Wroten impressed, the reigning champ Derrick Williams looked to keep his belt and keep his word of “no retros” by breaking out a lux Kobe. PEs, iDs and retros were all on display last night, so let us know who brought the best heat to the hardwood in this edition of Kicks On Court.
76ers guard Tony Wroten has been relentless with his kicks on court this season, and as he stated in a recent conversation with him, “this is only the beginning.” In Philadelphia’s first loss of the season last night, Wroten brought out the 2004-released “French Blue” Air Jordan 12.
The 12 is one of the most worn Jordan silhouettes in the NBA, but the French Blue colorway is rarely seen. In the past five years, only Nate Robinson (2010-2011) and Derrick Williams (2012-2013) have rocked this shoe on an NBA court.
For Wroten, this marks the second Air Jordan 12 he has worn this season with the other being a custom designed by Mache. View these kicks, plus Draymond Green’s 90s classic and Andre Iguodala’s Hyperfuse Low PEs, below.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten is evidently gunning for the Kicks On Court crown this season. He has already commanded attention by being one of the first players this season to don a custom on the hardwood in the form of his Mache-designed Air Jordan 12. Yet, his latest wear might raise even more eyebrows.
In last night’s win against Chicago, the second-year guard took to the court in the Nike Air Foamposite Pro Varsity Red/Black. Not at all to be confused with last year’s “Metallic Red” Foamposite One – a shoe often seen on court – this Pro originally released in 2002 and features a black swoosh on the side to match its black bottom. Over the years, only a few Foamposite Pros have graced the court – namely the Gem Green, Pearl and Electric Green – but Tony Wroten’s wear of the Varsity Red pair is a welcomed first.
View these kicks on court, plus Lance Stephenson’s high school PE, Monta’s magic and Kyrie’s Hyperdunks, 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.
With this summer’s transactions and preseason notables in mind, we take a look at 5 Fresh Feet to Watch this Season.
Memphis Grizzlies rookie Tony Wroten is the youngest sneakerhead in the game today (more on him very soon). During his time at the University of Washington, the 20-year-old point guard switched shoes often and rocked multiple Jordans, including the “Playoff” 12s and the “He Got Game” 13s. Since entering the NBA, Wroten has kept a tight but intriguing rotation of kicks on court in his rookie season. If you recall, he headlined a regular season edition of Kicks On Court by having the dunk of the night in a classic Pippen retro. Today, he headlines again; this time in a beloved colorway of MJ’s 11th signature model. Wroten rocked the “Space Jam” Air Jordan 11 in Game 1 of the Grizzlies vs. Spurs series yesterday afternoon.
Keep Tony Wroten on your radar throughout this series to see what else he brings to the hardwood. View these kicks, plus DeJuan Blair’s new LeBron X iD, Ed Davis’ N7s and Tony Allen’s 1-of-1 D Rose 3s, below.