The 25 Greatest Sneaker Years in NBA History

15. 1972-73

Significant Sneakers: Nike Blazer, Nike Bruin, adidas Superstar, adidas Abdul-Jabbar, Puma Clyde, Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, PRO-Keds Royal

For a company that started with Japanese track shoes being sold out of the trunks of cars at meets, Nike expanded quickly. By 1972-73 they were in the NBA, with their Bruin lowtop and Blazer high being worn by a variety of players, most notably Trail Blazer All-Star Geoff Petrie. They had a lot of catching up to do - Puma had introduced a signature suede lowcut for flashy Knicks guard Clyde Frazier, and adidas had done the same (a bit earlier, even) for All-Star center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Converse Chuck Taylor and PRO-Keds Royals were still in use, but their days as dominant styles were numbered.

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