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Sole Watch: The Best Sneakers Spotted at 2014 NBA Summer League (So Far)

Sole Watch: The Best Sneakers Spotted at 2014 NBA Summer League (So Far)

words // Brandon Richard

While the NBA is in the midst of one of its all-time great free agency periods, you may have forgotten that the next generation of stars are honing their craft in Summer League.

For the past week and a half, each team has rolled out a cast of rookies, undrafted players and journeymen hoping to improve their games and land on a roster next season. Highlights thus far have been the first ever matchup between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, the debut of Nerlens Noel and an impressive display of athleticism by Dante Exum.

Of course, we're keeping an eye on the sneakers hitting the hardwood as well. Summer League is an interesting time for the players, many of whom have yet to sign their sneaker endorsement deals. So not only do we have a comprehensive look at the sneakers being worn during Summer League, but you may see these guys in entirely different brands by the time the season tips off.

Read on for a look at the best sneakers spotted at Orlando and Las Vegas Summer League and let us know who you think laced up the best pair.

 

Nerlens Noel wearing Reebok Answer XIV 14

Nerlens Noel -- Reebok Answer 14

 

Tim Frazier wearing Air Jordan VIII 8 Playoff

Tim Frazier -- Air Jordan 8 Retro 'Playoff'

 

Scottie Wilbekin wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 Hero Expression

Scottie Wilbekin -- Nike Kobe 9 Elite 'Expression'

 

Jamaal Franklin wearing AND1 Tai Chi PE

Jamaal Franklin -- AND1 Tai Chi PE

 

Donald Sloane wearing Nike Air Flight One

Donald Sloan -- Nike Air Flight One

 

Larry Drew wearing Nike Zoom Soldier VII 7 PE

Larry Drew -- Nike Zoom Soldier 7 PE

 

Shabazz Napier wearing Nike KD VII 7 July 4th

Shabazz Napier -- Nike KD 7 'July 4th'

 

DeAndre Liggins wearing Air Jordan X 10 Chicago

DeAndre Liggins -- Air Jordan 10 Retro 'Chicago'

 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wearing Air Jordan XI 11 Low Green Snake

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope -- Air Jordan 11 Retro Low 'Green Snake'

 

Brian Cook wearing Nike Zoom Kobe V 5

Brian Cook -- Nike Zoom Kobe 5

 

Peyton Siva wearing adidas Regulate PE

Peyton Siva -- adidas Regulate PE

 

Marcus Smart wearing adidas D Rose 773 III

Marcus Smart -- adidas D Rose 773 III

 

Victor Oladipo wearing Air Jordan XX8 28 SE PE

Victor Oladipo -- Air Jordan XX8 SE PE

Seth Curry wearing Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Low PE

Seth Curry -- Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Low PE

 

Vernon Macklin wearing Air Jordan IX 9 Cool Grey

Vernon Macklin -- Air Jordan 9 Retro 'Cool Grey'

 

Perry Jones wearing adidas D Rose 4.5 Draft Lottery

Perry Jones -- adidas D Rose 4.5 'Draft Lottery'

 

Lucas Nogueira wearing Nike KD VI 6 Elite Blue

Lucas Nogueira -- Nike KD 6 Elite

 

Xavier Thames wearing Air Jordan VII 7 Black/Red Raptor

Xavier Thames -- Air Jordan 7 Retro 'Raptor'

 

Maarty Leunen wearing Nike LeBron X 10 Blue Diamond

Maarty Leunen -- Nike LeBron 10 'Blue Diamond'

 

Jahil Carson wearing Air Jordan X 10 Powder

Jahil Carson -- Air Jordan 10 Retro 'Powder'

 

Tarik Black wearing Air Jordan III 3 Fire Red

Tarik Black -- Air Jordan 3 Retro 'Fire Red'

 

Nick Johnson wearing Nike KD VI 6 Arizona Away PE

Nick Johnson -- NIKEiD KD 6 'Arizona' Away PE

 

Nick Johnson wearing NIKEiD KD VI 6 Arizona Home PE

Nick Johnson -- NIKEiD KD 6 'Arizona' Home PE

 

Isaiah Austin wearing Air Jordan I 1 Bulls

Isaiah Austin -- Air Jordan 1 Retro 'Bulls'

 

Andrew Wiggins wearing adidas D Rose 773 III Vegas Nights

Andrew Wiggins -- adidas D Rose 773 'Vegas Nights'

 

Andrew Wiggins wearing adidas Crazy Fast 2

Andrew Wiggins -- adidas Crazy Fast 2

 

Anthony Bennett wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 EM iD

Anthony Bennett -- NIKEiD Kobe 9 EM

 

Anthony Bennett wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 EM iD

Anthony Bennett -- NIKEiD Kobe 9 EM

 

Anthony Bennett wearing Nike LeBron IX 9 Black

Anthony Bennett -- Nike LeBron 9

 

Matthew Dellavedova wearing NIKEiD Kobe 8

Matthew Dellavedova -- NIKEiD Kobe 8

 

Carrick Felix wearing Air Jordan XII 12 Taxi

Carrick Felix -- Air Jordan 12 Retro 'Taxi'

 

Jabari Parker wearing Jordan Melo M10 Playoff

Jabari Parker -- Jordan Melo M10 'Playoff'

 

Jabari Parker wearing Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO

Jabari Parker -- Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO

 

Jabari Parker wearing Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO

Jabari Parker -- Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO

 

 Giannis Antetokounmpo wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

Giannis Antetokounmpo -- Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

 

Dante Exum wearing adidas Crazy Fast 2

Dante Exum -- adidas Crazy Fast 2

 

Shannon Brown wearing Air Jordan XII 12 Gamma Blue

Shannon Brown -- Air Jordan 12 Retro 'Gamma Blue'

 

Cleanthony Early wearing Nike KD VI 6 Night Vision

Cleanthony Early -- Nike KD 6 'Night Vision'

 

Tim Hardaway Jr. wearing adidas D Rose 773 III 3 Vegas Nights

Tim Hardaway Jr. -- adidas D Rose 773 III 'Vegas Nights'

 

Brandon Triche wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 EM Game Royal

Brandon Triche -- Nike Kobe 9 EM 'Game Royal'

 

Ricky Ledo wearing Air Jordan XI 11 Gamma Blue

Ricky Ledo -- Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Gamma Blue'

 

Russ Smith wearing Nike KD VI 6 What The

Russ Smith -- Nike 'What The' KD 6

 

Courtney Fells wearing Nike Zoom KD IV 4

Courtney Fells -- Nike Zoom KD 4

 

Jordan Clarkson wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 Elite Showtime

Jordan Clarkson -- Nike Kobe 9 Elite 'Showtime'

 

Julius Randle wearing Nike LeBron XI 11 Elite Team

Julius Randle -- Nike LeBron 11 Elite 'Team'

 

Edo Muric wearing Nike Zoom Kobe IV 4

Edo Muric -- Nike Zoom Kobe 4

 

Malcolm Lee wearing NIKEiD KD VI 6 Chroma

Malcolm Lee -- NIKEiD KD 6 'Chroma'

 

Ra'shad James wearing Air Jordan XIII 13 Black Toe He Got Game

Ra'Shad James -- Air Jordan 13 Retro 'Black Toe'

 

Derrick Williams wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 EM Bruce Lee

Derrick Williams -- Nike Kobe 9 EM 'Bruce Lee'

 

Ray McCallum wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 Elite Low Michael Jackson

Ray McCallum -- Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low 'Michael Jackson'

 

Austin Daye wearing Nike Zoom Crusader NBA Finals PE

Austin Daye -- Nike Zoom Crusader 'Finals' PE

 

Vander Blue wearing Nike LeBron XI 11 South Beach

Vander Blue -- Nike LeBron 11 'South Beach'

 

JaMychal Green wearing Nike KD VI 6 Energy

JaMychael Green -- Nike KD 6 'Energy'

 

Dionte Christmas wearing Nike LeBron XI 11 Everglades

Dionte Christmas -- Nike LeBron 11 'Everglades'

 

Walt Lemon Jr wearing Nike LeBron X 10 Pure Platinum

Walt Lemon Jr. -- Nike LeBron 10 'Pure Platinum'

 

Roderick Odom wearing Nike Kobe VIII 8 Elite Superhero

Roderick Odom -- Nike Kobe 8 Elite 'Superhero'

 

Justin Holiday wearing Nike KD VI 6 Christmas

Justin Holiday -- Nike KD 6 'Christmas'

 

Rodney McGruder wearing Nike KD VII 7 35,000 Degrees

Rodney McGruder -- Nike KD 7 '35,000 Degrees'

 

Austin Freeman wearing Air Jordan XI 11 Bred

Austin Freeman -- Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Bred'

 

Lazeric Jones wearing adidas D Rose 4

Lazeric -- adidas D Rose 4

 

Will Barton wearing Under Armour Anatomix Spawn PE

Will Barton -- Under Armour Anatomix Spawn PE

 

Bernard James wearing Nike Air Foamposite One Concord

Bernard James -- Nike Air Foamposite One 'Concord'

 

Shabazz Muhammad wearing adidas KB8 Crazy II 2 Vegas Nights

Shabazz Muhammad -- adidas Crazy 2 'Vegas Nights'

 

Zach LaVine wearing Nike Air Zoom Flight The Glove

Zach LaVine -- Nike Air Zoom Flight The Glove

 

Otto Porter wearing Jordan Prime Mania

Otto Porter -- Jordan Prime Mania

 

Tony Mitchell wearing Air Jordan III 3 Cement

Tony Mitchell -- Air Jordan 3 Retro 'Cement'

 

Noah Vonleh wearing Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO

Noah Vonleh -- Jordan Super.Fly PO

 

images via Getty

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