Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 4:30 pm  |  14 responses

Kicksology: Michael Beasley

B-Easy turns 25 on Thursday—take a look at the best from his sneaker history.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

Michael Beasley is a curious dude. He played at a half-dozen high schools from Florida to Massachusetts and won a McDonald’s All-America game MVP before a one-year stint at Kansas State propelled him to the No. 2 spot in the 2008 NBA Draft. Mike began his pro playing days alongside Dwyane Wade in Miami, before issues with marijuana and a string of bad decisions off the court called his character into question, and soon he was shipped to Minnesota in exchange for a pair of second-round picks—essentially dumped for cap space to sign LeBron James. A fresh start brought him career highs in points and minutes with the Wolves, before bouncing to Phoenix and now back to Miami to join the 2-time defending champs.

Throughout his turbulent NBA career, Beaz has pushed the limits of style, from his hair to his tattoos to his footwear. Fortunately for us, we’re not in the business of tracking hairstyles, so we’ll stick to his kicks. Even in the shoe game, Mike couldn’t avoid controversy, signing a deal with adidas as a rookie, then proclaiming he’d “worn adidas all his life,” when in reality he hadn’t stuck exclusively to the three stripes in high school, or college, or even his rookie NBA Media Day. Now, he’s a sneaker free agent, so expect to see even more craziness from B-Easy this season. Until then, enjoy a gallery timeline of Beasley’s sneaker history to present. And from all of us at SLAM, we wish him a happy 25th birthday!

This gallery was originally published on Beasley’s 23rd birthday two years ago, but has been updated to reflect his past two season of sneakers. All photos via Getty Images. Enjoy!

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  • dunkbar

    he also rocked the air jordan xi concord reissues for a couple of games this season.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    damn….only 23?

  • Zack

    Saw him in some IX also last week.

  • marc

    Naaaa only 23.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    lol at pic 12. i remember that i thóught the bulls should have picked this guy instead of rose, lol, i thought he was a 20 n 10 lock. i think enigmatic was thinking the same thing, correct me if i’m wrong

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    ^ I was thinking that aswell, and I was dreaming about a DRose – DWade combo..

  • Mariano

    I was at that game on picure 12… That was after a crazy putback he had on Diaw

  • Roberto

    I can’t speak for when he was in high school or the first few weeks/months in the pros, I could be wrong but when it comes to college and the school has a contract with a brand doesn’t every player on that team HAVE to wear that brand? Isn’t that why UCF is now wearing Nike? Picking a school for a specific brand (Adidas over Nike or any other brand) would be pretty dumb instead of going to (in his case) a school that will let him show off his talents to the league. So can you really hold the college part against him?

  • ab40

    adidas ts supernatural commander. Great shoes, wore em till they were worn out. I miss K-State Beasley such a force in that setting, I think he’d be hard to stop in European play, if this dude is willing to gain 20 pounds and play the four again he could make a lot more money there than in the L

  • j-easy

    picture #16, he look like simione agustus from slam rookie picture,same pose almost same unis

  • Jerome

    I still have and wear the Lebron IVs … second best shoe aside from Jordan VIs. Where are BEasys signature Adidas kicks when he was with the Heat?

  • Mars

    those Under Armour Anamotix Spawn are sty

  • Mars

    everyone knows Beas is better than Blake

  • Mars

    he just smokes too much