Julius Randle — Nike Kobe 8 "What the Kobe"
Andrew Wiggins — adidas Crazylight Boost
Aaron Gordon — Nike Zoom Crusader
Jabari Parker — Air Jordan 3Lab5
James Young — Air Jordan XX8 SE "Camo"
Marcus Smart — adidas Crazylight Boost
Kyle Anderson — Nike Zoom Flight The Glove
Shabazz Napier — Air Jordan XI Low "Concord"
TJ Warren — Nike KD VI "Liger"
Zach LaVine — Air Jordan III Retro "Wolf Grey"
Elfrid Payton — Air Jordan III Black/Cement Grey
Noah Vonleh — Air Jordan XX8 SE, PJ Hairston — Jordan Future "Wolf Grey"
Cleanthony Early — Jordan Melo M10
Tyler Ennis — Nike Lunar Hyperdunk 2012 "Volt"
Doug McDermott — Nike Hyperdunk 2013
Adreian Payne — k1x anti gravity, Gary Harris — Nike Air Foamposite One "White Out"
Russ Smith — Air Jordan XI Retro "Gamma Blue"
Spencer Dinwiddie — Kobe 9 Elite Low "Hyper Grape"
Thanasis Antetokounmpo — Nike Kobe 9 EM "Laser Crimson"
Mitch McGary — Nike Zoom Soldier VII
Jordan Adams — Air Jordan XI "Bred," Jarnell Stokes — adidas ClimaCool Solution
Glenn Robinson III — Air Jordan XI "Bred"
Markel Brown — Air Jordan XI Retro Low "Infrared23," Cory Jefferson — Air Jordan XI "Concord"
Jerami Grant — Nike Zoom HyperRev
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Sunday, the NBA’s next generation of stars convened at the Knicks Training Facility in Westchester, New York for the annual Rookie Photo Shoot. As always, there were jokes, dunks and yes, photos. But you know we’re always on the lookout for the best kicks in the house, too. And this year, there was some stiff competition.
Beyond the typical mix of new Nike or adidas and retro Jordan sneakers were a few other sneaker storylines—like Hawks rookie Adreian Payne cluing us in on his new deal with K1X and Grizzlies rookie Jarnell Stokes wearing a pair of beat-up running shoes because “I left my basketball shoes at the hotel.” Lucky for Stokes, it was a good choice, since the rooks spent most of the day on their feet, doing interviews and posing for flicks.
No. 3 pick Joel Embiid didn’t make the list because, well, he was only wearing one shoe. Scroll through the gallery above to see a selection of our favorite sneakers from the day-long Rookie Photo Shoot, and let us know which were your favorites in the comments section below!
All photos via Getty Images