Sole Watch: 2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

words // Brandon Richard

Yesterday, the NBA's incoming rookie class one again took over Madison Square Garden along with Panini America for the 2014 Rookie Photo Shoot. The NBA's newest generation of stars were photographed for league media material and their first officially licensed trading cards.

While most were eager to see their team's rookie in full uniform, we were busy keeping an eye on the footwear. With so many endorsement deals already announced, there wasn't as much suspense as there was surrounding last year's shoot. However, we did get to see some of the class' top stars hit the court in their brands' new models for the first time this summer.

Leading the way were new adidas athletes Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart, who each laced up the recently unveiled Crazylight Boost. Joel Embiid went with the Rose 773 III, while Dante Exum is back home in Australia attending promotional events.

Representing Team Jordan, 2nd overall pick Jabari Parker laced up the 'Metallic' Air Jordan 3Lab5 again. Charlotte Hornets teammates and likely Jordan endorsers Noah Vonleh and P.J. Hairston rocked the Air Jordan XX8 SE and Air Jordan Future, respectively. While nothing official has been announced for either guy, Elfrid Payton dished in the 'Black Cement' Air Jordan 3, and high-flyer Zach LaVine went with the 'Wolf Grey' colorway. When players don't have deals in place, they typically wear Jordans, so it's tough to figure out exactly who Jordan Brand has on their radar.

Nike Basketball has some in-house work to take care of, but they were visible at the photo shoot as well. Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic showcased his hops in the Crusader, while Julius Randle showed love to his new teammate in the 'What The' Kobe 8.

For a look at what tomorrow's stars wore for the rookie photo shoot, check out this special edition of NBA Sole Watch.

 

Andrew Wiggins wearing adidas Crazylight Boost

Andrew Wiggins -- adidas Crazylight Boost

 

Jabari Parker wearing Air Jordan 3Lab5 Metallic

Jabari Parker -- Air Jordan 3Lab5 'Metallic'

 

Aaron Gordon wearing Nike Zoom Crusader

Aaron Gordon -- Nike Zoom Crusader

 

Marcus Smart wearing adidas Crazylight Boost

Marcus Smart -- adidas Crazylight Boost

 

Julius Randle wearing Nike Kobe VIII 8 What The

Julius Randle -- Nike Kobe 8 'What The'

 

Nik Stauskas wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2013

Nik Stauskas -- Nike Hyperdunk 2013

 

Noah Vonleh wearing Air Jordan XX8 28 SE

Noah Vonleh -- Air Jordan XX8 SE

 

Elfrid Payton wearing Air Jordan III 3 Black Cement

Elfrid Payton -- Air Jordan 3 Retro 'Black Cement'

 

Doug McDermott wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2013

Doug McDermott -- Nike Hyperdunk 2013

 

Zach LaVine wearing Air Jordan III 3 Wolf Grey

Zach LaVine -- Air Jordan 3 Retro 'Wolf Grey'

 

Adreian Payne wearing K1X Anti Gravity Silver

Adreian Payne -- K1X Anti Gravity

 

James Young wearing Air Jordan XX8 28 SE

James Young -- Air Jordan XX8 SE

 

Tyler Ennis wearing Nike Hyperdunk 2012 Volt

Tyler Ennis -- Nike Hyperdunk 2012

 

Gary Harris wearing Nike Air Foamposite One White

Gary Harris -- Nike Air Foamposite One

 

Bruno Caboclo wearing Nike Zoom Crusader

Bruno Caboclo  -- Nike Zoom Crusader

 

Rodney Hood wearing Nike KD VII 7 35,000 Degrees

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

 

Shabazz Napier wearing Air Jordan XI 11 Low Concord

Shabazz Napier -- Air Jordan 11 Retro Low 'Concord'

 

CJ Wilcox wearing Nike Zoom Crusader

C.J. Wilcox -- Nike Zoom Crusader

 

P.J. Hairston wearing Air Jordan Future Wolf Grey

P.J. Hairston -- Air Jordan Future 'Wolf Grey'

 

Cleanthony Early wearing Jordan Melo M10 Knicks

Cleanthony Early -- Jordan Melo M10 'Knicks'

 

Johnny O'Bryant wearing Air Jordan II 2 Retro

Johnny O'Bryant -- Air Jordan 2 Retro

 

Spencer Dinwiddie wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 Elite Michael Jackson

Spencer Dinwiddie -- Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low 'Michael Jackson'

 

Glenn Robinson wearing Air Jordan XI 11 Bred

Glenn Robinson -- Air Jordan 11 Retro 'Bred'

 

 Thanasis Antetokounmpo wearing Nike Kobe IX 9 EM

 Thanasis Antetokounmpo -- Nike Kobe 9 EM

 

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