Kicks On Court // The Very Best of Nick “Swaggy P” Young

Nov 7, 2019 | Ian Stonebrook |

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Last night, Nick Young made the claim that he would’ve been the Sneaker King had he never left Nike during footwear free-agency and signed with The Three Stripes. While an ‘lol’ implied it was a joke, all good jokes contain truth.

Though PJ Tucker holds the Sneaker King title now and wears it super well, Swaggy P is on the Kicks on Court Mount Rushmore right next to him.

From rocking OG Air Jordans as a freshman at USC to sporting Dunks for his rookie year photoshoot, he’s always been a man of the moment. Ahead of his time? That too. Young wasn’t just the first player to rock adidas Yeezys on the hardwood, he was also team early when it came to NIKEiDs and constant crate-digging.

This is only the highlights (we looked through it all and had to leave off a few bangers) but peep some of Swaggy P’s greatest Kicks on Court below.

Nick Young in OG Air Jordan 13s from 1997 as a freshman in 2005 (photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)
Nick Young in Air Jordan 11 “Playoffs” from 2001 in 2005 (photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Nick Young in Nike Dunk Highs at his Rookie Media Day (photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Penny III (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Penny 2 “All Star” (photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Zoom Flight V (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Zoom Flight 96 (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Bakin (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Kobe IV iD (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Zoom Kobe V iD (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Zoom Kobe V iD (Photo by Evan Gole/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Zoom Kobe V iD (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Total Air Max Uptempo (photo by Jack Arent/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Foamposite One “White” (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 5 Black/Metallic (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Zoom Flight V iD (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 6 “Carmine” (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the OG Nike Zoom Flight GP II (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 3 Doernbecher (Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Zoom Flight V iD (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Foamposite One “Metallic Red” (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Kobe VII System iD (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Foamposite One “Dark Neon Royal” (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the OG Nike Zoom LeBron II (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 4 “Lightning” (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Nick Young in custom Air Jordan 14s (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 3 “Cool Grey” (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the OG Air Jordan 13 Low “Chutney” (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the OG Air Jordan XX “East Coast” (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in custom Air Jordan 11 Lows (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 13 “Wheat” (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Kobe 4 “Prelude” (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 3 “5Lab3” (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 3 “Pure Money” (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the OG Air Jordan 18.5 (Photo by D. Andrew Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the OG Air Jordan 16 “Ginger” (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 7 “Flint” (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 3 “Black History Month” (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Foamposite Pro “Volt” (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Foamposite One “Safari” (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 3 “Flip” (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Pigalle x Nike Air Raid (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 6 “Lakers” (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Nike Air Foamposite One “Galaxy” (photo by Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 5 “Green Bean” (Photo by Brian Babineau /NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 4 “Tour Yellow” (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in custom Air Jordan 5s (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 2 Doernbecher (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Air Jordan 11 “Cool Grey”
Nick Young in the Reebok Answer 1 (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the UNDCRWN x adidas Gil Zero Low (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the UNDCRWN x adidas Gil Zero Low (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
Nick Young in custom adidas Crazy Explosive Boosts (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in custom adidas Crazy Explosive Boosts (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the adidas TMAC 3 “Glow in the Dark” (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the adidas D Rose 3.5 “Spark” (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Pharrell x adidas Crazy BYW (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Robot Films x adidas EQT BBall (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in his adidas Crazy BYW PE (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Benihana x adidas Gil II Zero “Hibachi” (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the Benihana x adidas Gil II Zero “Hibachi” (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the UNDRCRWN x adidas Gil TS Lightswitch (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Nick Young in the adidas Crazy 1 (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Nick Young in his adidas Pro Model PE (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Nick Young in his adidas TMAC 3 PE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
Nick Young in the adidas Yeezy 500 (image via BR kicks)
Nick Young in his adidas Top Ten 2000 PE
Nick Young in the adidas Crazy 8
Nick Young in the adidas TS Pro Model
Nick Young in his adidas Pro Model PE (photo via @BRKicks)
Nick Young in his adidas Pro Model PE (photo via SC by Brian Rothmuller)
Nick Young in his adidas Pro Model PE (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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