It's finally here: NBA All-Star Weekend. Three nights of festivities and contests will lead up to the meeting of the NBA's best. The All-Star Game kicks off at 8 PM EST on TNT this Sunday, but before things get started, Sneaker Report has put together a preview of what you can expect to see on the feet of the starting five for both conferences. Some aren't available yet, some won't be available in the US, and some of the colorways haven't even been seen yet, but these are some of the best sneakers you can expect to see on the hardwood this Sunday.
By Riley Jones / @rchrstphr
No. 10 - ANTA KG III
Player: Kevin Garnett
Garnett's always been the kind of guy that marched to the beat of his own drum, so his 2010 signing with Chinese brand ANTA wasn't a huge shock. He's had a number of signature models since then, and it's expected that he'll break out an "All-Star" makeup of the KG III model this Sunday.
Not available in US (unless you want to take a risk on these)
No. 9 - Nike Hyperposite "Area 72"
Player: Chris Bosh
The Miami Heat have three, that's right—three players in the starting five for the East. Forward Chris Bosh has been enjoying the heavy duty cushioning and protection of the Nike Hyperposite this season, and this just unveiled "Area 72" colorway will likely be his choice this weekend.
$225 ("Area 72" colorway unreleased)
No. 8 - adidas Adipower Howard 3
Player: Dwight Howard
Howard's inclusion in the All-Star Game is a testament to the small amount of star Centers in the game today. It's not that Howard isn't a great player, but when the man himself is admitting that he gets winded after ten minutes of play, something needs to change. Regardless, he'll be wearing his adidas Adipower Howard 3 in a yet-to-be-released colorway.
No. 7 - Air Jordan Super Fly
Player: Blake Griffin
Although he was recently spotted in a promo for the Air Jordan XX8, Blake's sneaker of choice since linking up with Jordan Brand has been the Super Fly model. Its three-layer Hyperfuse upper and resilient traction have made it the big man's go-to shoe.
No. 6 - Li-Ning Way of Wade
Player: Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade shocked the sports and sneaker worlds alike this past October when he left Jordan Brand for Li-Ning. It seems to have worked out well thus far for the veteran shooting guard, who's been playing well in a variety of colorways of his Way of Wade model. Look for an All-Star version to debut this Sunday.
Not available in US
No. 5 - Jordan Melo M9 "Night Vision"
Player: Carmelo Anthony
MVP? It's too early to say, but one thing's for sure, and that's that Melo has been on fire this season. Is his latest signature model from Jordan Brand partially to thank for his stellar play? Check out this "Night Vision" colorway in action on Sunday.
No. 4 - Jordan CP3.VI "Night Vision"
Player: Chris Paul
The CP3.VI is beloved by players of all levels for its dynamic traction and lockdown fit, but it's Chris Paul himself who really makes this model shine. He'll be heating things up this Sunday in the "Night Vision" colorway.
No. 3 - Nike KD 5 "Area 72"
Player: Kevin Durant
Officially launching tomorrow at 8 AM, this "Area 72" makeup of the KD 5 takes its innovative design to new levels. With its unique lacing setup and Hyperfuse construction, this is a battle-ready sneaker for big men.
No. 2 - Nike Kobe 8 "Area 72"
Player: Kobe Bryant
Releasing at 8 AM tomorrow along with the "Area 72" KD 5 and Lebron X is the Kobe 8. Engineered Mesh construction on the upper and full-length Lunarlon make the Kobe 8 as explosive as Bryant himself.
No. 1 - Nike LeBron X "Area 72"
Player: LeBron James
LeBron just can't be stopped lately. Fresh off of some of the best playing of his career, James will be matching up against the rest of the NBA's best in the Nike LeBron X. There's not much to say about this well-equipped sneaker that hasn't already been said, so if you want your shot at the special All-Star colorway, be ready tomorrow morning at 8 AM.