words // Brandon Richard
Earlier today, the fresh faces of the NBA gathered at the MSG Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York for the Rookie Photo Shoot. The league's newcomers were photographed for NBA media materials, including officially licensed Panini trading cards.
The photo shoot also provided the perfect platform for some of the 2012 Draft stars to break out sneakers from their endorsed brands for the very first time. Nike obviously packed a very heavy 1-2 punch with Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at the top, but adidas Basketball has also done very well for themselves. In fact, Nick broke news of Harrison Barnes and Austin Rivers signing with the Stripes this morning, and the two lotto picks were rushed adi kicks just in time for the photo shoot.
As expected, Jordan retros dominated the event with releases from the last couple of years. There's still a few deals to be signed, but Reebok and Under Armour were no-shows on this day.
Check out your favorite NBA rookies in their new digs and fresh kicks in this special 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot edition of Sneaker Watch.
Anthony Davis - Nike LeBron 9 "Summit Lake Hornets"
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - Air Jordan Retro 4 "Military Blue"
Bradley Beal - Air Jordan Retro 6 "Olympic"
Dion Waiters - Air Jordan Retro 11 "Silver Anniversary"
Thomas Robinson - Nike Air Foamposite One "Copper"
Damian Lillard - adidas adiZero Crazy Light 2
Harrison Barnes - adidas MisterFly
Terrence Ross - Air Jordan Retro 4 "Fire Red"
Andre Drummond - adidas adiZero Crazy Light 2
Austin Rivers - adidas Originals Superstar
Meyers Leonard - Nike Zoom KD IV N7 "Away"
Jeremy Lamb - Nike Kobe VII
Kendall Marshall - Air Jordan Retro 11 "Cool Grey"
John Henson - Nike Zoom Kobe VI
Royce White - Air Jordan 8.0
Tyler Zeller - Nike Free Trainer
Terrence Jones - Nike Air Foamposite One "Metallic Red"
Andrew Nicholson - Nike Zoom Hyperenforcer
Evan Fournier - Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011
Jared Sullinger - Air Jordan Retro 11 "Concord"
Fab Melo - Air Jordan Retro 11 "Concord"
John Jenkins - Nike Zoom Kobe VI
Jared Cunningham - adidas adiZero Crazy Light 2
Arnett Moultre - Air Jordan Retro 7 "Olympic"
Perry Jones III - adidas adiZero Crazy Light 2
Marquis Teague - adidas adiZero Crazy Light 2
Festus Ezeli - Nike Hyperdunk Elite
Bernard James - Nike LeBron 9 "Freegums"
Jae Crowder - Air Jordan Retro 14 "Last Shot"
Draymond Green - Air Jordan Retro 6 "Golden Moments"
Quincy Acy - Air Jordan Retro 5 "Metallic"
Quincy Miller - Air Jordan Retro 6 "Golden Moments"
Doron Lamb - Air Jordan Retro 7 "Bordeaux"
Kim English - Air Jordan Retro 6 "Olympic"
Robert Sacre - adidas Pro Model
Jonas Valančiūnas - Nike Air Force 1
Kyle Singler - Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011