words // Brandon Richard

Tomorrow, ten of the NBA's top teams will participate in the Christmas Day schedule, which starts with Boston and Brooklyn at noon and concludes with a late game between the Clippers and Nuggets. The best teams competing typically means the best players are competing, and with the best players usually comes signature footwear.

Now an annual tradition, sneaker brands are once again rolling out Christmas-specific kicks for their signature athletes. This year's offerings come from the usual suspects like Nike, the Jordan Brand and adidas Basketball, as well as upcoming China-based brands Li-Ning and PEAK.

Nike's signature pack includes the "Red Diamond" LeBron X, Rhinoceros Viper-inspired Kobe 8 System and a KD V with details representing a gaming console he received for a Christmas gift as a kid.

For adidas Basketball, there's the "Nightmare Pack," which consists of purple and black styles inspired by Tim Burton's classic holiday film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Derrick Rose's Rose 3 and Dwight Howard's adipower Howard 3 received the special treatment, as did the Crazy Light 2 and Top Ten 2000.

Jordan Brand went with simplistic white and grey-based pairs for Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. The Christmas colorways of the CP3.VI and Melo M9 feature 3M reflective elephant print, festive red and green accents and custom insoles.

Dwyane Wade was the recipient of a thee-pack of Christmas Way of Wades from Li-Ning. He debuted a bright red and green pair at a charity event yesterday afternoon and revealed two additional pairs on Instagram earlier today.

The obvious star of the group is JaVale McGee and his PEAK signature shoe. Reminiscent of the Christmas LeBron 8 V/2, the McGee features a red upper, green-lined interior, "snow" speckled black midsole and white rubber outsole.

Signature athletes not yet represented in the poll include Kevin Garnett, Joakim Noah and Shane Battier. Will their respective brands have special pairs lined up for them?

Which Christmas 2012 signature hoop shoe is your favorite? Cast your vote below and let us know why in the comment section.

Nike LeBron X

Poll // Best Christmas Day Signature Shoe - Nike LeBron X Christmas

Nike Kobe 8 System

Poll // Best Christmas Day Signature Shoe - Nike Kobe 8 System Christmas

Nike KD V

Poll // Best Christmas Day Signature Shoe - Nike KD V Christmas

adidas Rose 3

Poll // Best Christmas Day Signature Shoe - adidas Rose 3 Nightmare Before Christmas

adidas adipower Howard 3

Poll // Best Christmas Day Signature Shoe - adidas adipower Howard 3 Nightmare Before Christmas

Jordan CP3.VI

Poll // Best Christmas Day Signature Shoe - Jordan CP3.VI Christmas

Jordan Melo M9

Poll // Best Christmas Day Signature Shoe - Jordan Melo M9 Christmas

Li-Ning Way of Wade

Li-Ning Way of Wade Christmas Pack


PEAK McGee Christmas

additional images via Sole Movement, Kenlu