words // Zack Schlemmer

When looking at Nike Basketball footwear in these 2013 NBA Playoffs, "variety" seems to be the key word so far.  The majority of Nike Basketball athletes are lacing up new kicks or new colorways almost every game, making it hard to keep track of every shoe being worn by the playoff stars.  LeBron James is the main culprit in this case, lacing up four different colorways of the LeBron X Elite for each game of the Miami Heat's sweep of the Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round. 

Other notable sneaker rotations come from NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, who has worn both the KD V Eilite "EYBL" and two colorways of the Hyperdunk 2012 Low, as well as Deron Williams who made the switch from the Zoom Hyperdisruptor to the Air Max Hyperaggressor throughout the Nets vs. Bulls series.  

Almost all Nike Basketball athletes are opting for the latest in performance footwear, but Denver's Wilson Chandler broke out an unexpected shoe this postseason, the Air Jaq, which is the updated version of the classic Air Raid.  Chandler is also keeping the Air Penny V alive on the NBA court this postseason, wearing the "Tigers" colorway in Oakland.

Check out all of the best Nike Basketball footwear from the first week of the 2013 NBA Playoffs below, and let us know which are your favorite models so far in the opening round.

Deron Williams -- Zoom Hyperdisruptor PE


Kirk Heinrich -- Lunar Hypergamer Low // Deron Williams -- Air Max Hyperaggressor PE


Luol Deng -- Air Max Hyperaggressor PE


Chris Andersen -- LeBron X // Mike Dunleavy -- Kobe 8 iD


Chris Bosh -- Air Max Hyperposite PE // Ekpe Udoh -- LeBron 9 Low


Chris Bosh -- Air Max Hyperposite PE


Chris Bosh -- Air Max Hyperposite PE


LeBron James -- LeBron X Elite PE


LeBron James -- LeBron X Elite PE // Larry Sanders -- Hyperdunk 2012 Low


LeBron James -- LeBron X Elite PE


LeBron James -- LeBron X Elite PE

Jason Kidd -- Lunar Hypergamer Low PE


Jeff Green -- Air Max Hyperaggressor


Paul Pierce -- Air Max Legacy 3


J.R. Smith -- KD V Elite "EYBL"


J.R. Smith -- Hyperdunk 2012 Low iD


Al Horford -- Hyperdunk 2012 PE


David West -- Air Max Hyperposite PE


Paul George -- Hyperdunk 2012 PE


Roy Hibbert -- Zoom Hyperfuse 2012 PE

Eric Bledsoe -- LeBron X iD // Keyon Dooling -- Zoom Hyperfuse 2012


Eric Bledsoe -- LeBron X iD


Eric Bledsoe -- LeBron X Elite


Jamal Crawford -- Hyperdunk 2012


Marc Gasol -- Hyperdunk 2012 PE


Zach Randolph -- Air Max Hyperguard Up PE


Danny Green -- Zoom Soldier 6


Manu Ginobili -- LeBron x


Pau Gasol -- Hyperdunk 2012 PE


Steve Nash -- Kobe 8

James Harden -- Lunar Hypergamer Low PE


Kevin Durant -- KD V Elite // Patrick Beverly -- Zoom Hyperdisruptor


Kevin Durant -- KD V Elite


Andre Iguodala -- Zoom Hyperfuse 2012 Low PE


Jarrett Jack -- KD V Elite


Stephen Curry -- Zoom Hyperfuse 2012 PE


Ty Lawson -- Zoom Soldier 6 PE


Klay Thompson -- Hyperdunk 2012 iD // Andre Iguodala -- Zoom Hyperfuse 2012 Low PE


Wilson Chandler -- Air Jaq


Wilson Chandler -- Air Penny V