The Best Sneakers From the 2018–19 NBA Season

Ranking the best sneakers worn during the 2018–19 NBA regular season including pairs from LeBron James, PJ Tucker, Kyrie Irving, and more.

PJ Tucker Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 Purple
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PJ Tucker Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 Purple

Sneakers have always been a major part of basketball, but the 2018-2019 NBA regular season saw the marriage between both reach its apex. The new footwear rules allowed players let their imaginations run wild. With the shoes no longer having to match team colors, a player’s personal style was no longer contained to the tunnel before the game. The result was a mix of colorful customs, popular retros, and special PEs gracing the court all season long. Perhaps nobody was able to capitalize on the NBA's new relaxed approach than Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker who seemed to one-up himself every single night with the insane pairs he decided to lace up. Although there are certainly a ton of other moments to choose from, we narrowed it down to the 20 best. Take a look at our picks for the top 20 sneaker moments of this past NBA regular season below. —Mike DeStefano



20. Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1

Montrezl Harrell Air Jordan 1

19. Puma Clyde Court Disrupt "Reform"

DeMarcus Cousins Puma Clyde Court Reform

18. Nike KD 4 "Galaxy"

Montrezl Harrell Nike KD 4 Galaxy

17. PlayStation x Nike PG 2.5 "Blue"

Paul George Playstation Nike PG 2.5

16. New Balance OMN15 "Nipsey Hussle"

kawhi leonard new balance nipsey hussle

15. Nike LeBron 16 "Watch the Throne"

Nike LeBron 16 Watch the Throne

14. Nike Kobe 6 "Grinch"

Nike Kobe 6 Grinch Kyle Kuzma

13. Nike KD 11 "Sonics"

Nike KD 11 Sonics

12. Nike Shox BB4

Vince Carter Nike Shox BB4

11. Jordan Why Not? Zer0.2 "Super Soaker'

russell westbrook jordan why not super soaker

10. Nike LeBron 16 "Cement Lakers"

LeBron James Nike LeBron 16 Cement

9. Taco x Nike Kyrie 5

kyrie irving taco nike kyrie 5

8. Solefly x Air Jordan 1

pj tucker solefly air jordan 1

7. Nike LeBron 7 "More Than a Game"

LeBron James Nike LeBron 7 More Than a Game

6. Nike LeBron 8 "South Beach"

PJ Tucker Nike LeBron 8 South Beach

5. Concepts x Nike Kyrie 5 "Ikhet"

Kyrie Irving Concepts x Nike Kyrie 5 "Ikhet"

4. Travis Scott x Air Jordan IV "Purple"

PJ Tucker Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 Purple

3. Nike Air Fear of God 1

PJ Tucker Nike Air Fear of God 1

2. Nike Adapt BB

Jayson Tatum Nike Adapt BB

1. Nike LeBron 2 "Beast"

Nike LeBron 2 Beast

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