The opening night of each NBA season is a big to do for fans of the sport. The NBA highlights the matchups that heat up rivalries from the previous season and brings out the best players. Sneaker brands do the same and often lace their signees with eye-catching shoes.

To get a better look at why opening night is a big deal to sneaker nerds, we went all the back to 2002 and broke down the best sneakers worn for opening night, year-by-year. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James. Ray Allen. Names that ring bells in (soon to be) the Hall of Fame for both their on-court achievements and sneaker games. The season started last night, and there was plenty of action.

Here are the best.