Best Option: Jordan CP3.VI AE, $85

Lockdown defense. Quick slashes to the hole. Pivoting on the dime. All of these things require one of the most important facets of a basketball sneaker: good traction. There's even such thing as too much traction because jamming your toes into your shoes can be a bitch. But the perfect traction can allow you to do wondrous things on the court like Chris Paul and his lauded Jordan CP.VI AE. Pretty much all other features of your shoe are nullified if you have poor traction. If you can't come to a quick stop, you can't play adequately. Point blank.