As the NBA regular season approaches (about 14 days to be exact) we start to see some of the latest and greatest footwear drop; so it’s only fitting I’d hit you with a 2019-20 NBA sneaker preview!
It looks like we’re primed for a great year of sneakers if the NBA Pre-Season has been any indication. Not only are we getting new iterations from LeBron and Kyrie, but some new stars and resurging brands are stepping up their game too. Although everyone likes to say that basketball sneakers are not the “wave” at the moment, I’d argue that they’re still intriguing. With new powerhouses formed in the league, there will be tons of eyes on their favorite players’ sneaker choices. We have LeBron seeking redemption, Kyrie and KD becoming the dynamic duo of Brooklyn, and Kawhi bringing his “Fun Guy” persona out west to join the Clippers with PG13… there is so much to see! With great excitement, I’ve compiled a list of the most anticipated on-court sneakers for this coming NBA season.
Nike LeBron 17
On the eve of his seventeenth season, LeBron continues to put out the most tech-filled sneakers to the market. This model re-introduces fans to a hefty Air Max unit in the heel along with Zoom Air in the forefoot. Along with these familiar features, the King is ditching the recently used Battle Knit for a new upper dubbed Knitposite. Will this be the sneaker that LeBron laces up to bring a title to LA?
Nike Kyrie 6
Kyrie begins yet another chapter in his career, and this time the setting is Brooklyn as the all-star of the Nets. Early images of this sneaker have shown that the Kyrie 6 will stay true to the overall DNA of his signature line. Not many details are known about this sneaker so far, other than the obvious inspiration from the legendary Nike Air Yeezy 2. With many design cues taken from Kanye’s storied silhouette, this model will surely get sneakerheads excited, especially for the impending Concepts and Kobe collaborations.
Under Armour Curry 7
November 29, 2019
Steph and the Warriors’ hopes for a 3-peat were shattered last season and this team doesn’t look like the superpower that it’s been for the past three seasons. Steph and Under Armour are making sure the kick game is elite with the Curry 7. Following the very well received sixth model, the 7 looks to be ready to put all who oppose the Baby Faced Assasin in their seats.
adidas Harden Vol. 4
October 19, 2019
After suffering another heartbreak against the Golden State Warriors, Harden is looking to rewrite the Rocket’s narrative of being ‘second-best in the West’ and finally hoist an NBA championship trophy. The Beard will be handing out stepback threes in his newly designed Harden Vol. 4. Sticking true to the low cut design ethos, this volume will be very familiar to what we’ve seen. Except for the cushioning setup, adidas has replaced the Harden line’s traditional BOOST setup with its lighter more responsive Lightstrike system.
Air Jordan 34
If you’ve seen the new Jordan 34, you know its all about business and no-frills. Being dubbed as the lightest Air Jordan to date, these will feel like nothing a Zion laces these up to posterize his way through his rookie season. If you need comfort look no further because this model features what may be the largest forefoot Zoom unit of any Air Jordan. Also, fans of normal shoelaces will be glad to know that Jordan Brand has gone away from the quick lacing system from the Air Jordan 33! No doubt this will be a sneaker to watch throughout the year.
adidas Yeezy Basketball
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We have been subjected and tortured by Kanye with his on-foot shots of these upcoming basketball sneakers, but of course no set date. Not much is know in regards to the tech for these, but the anticipation is there nonetheless.
These are just a few of the sneakers that we’ll see going up and down the court this season, but keep your eye out for anything we didn’t list today. With brands like Puma continuing to put their footprint on the league and overseas brands like Anta and Li-Ning continuing to innovate, and PJ Tucker (NBA Sneaker King) declaring sneaker free-agency, we will indeed have much to report on.