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Top 10 Shoe Games Left in the NBA Playoffs

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistMay 13, 2013

Top 10 Shoe Games Left in the NBA Playoffs

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    As players lace up their sneakers in the heat of the NBA playoffs, guys are routinely making statements on the court not just with their play but with what kicks they decide to rock. 

    LeBron James made headlines when he debuted the "MVP" version of the LeBron X after he won his fourth-career MVP award. 

    Nate Robinson's shoe game, which routinely features retro Jordans, has been equally as hot as his on-court performance. 

    With the playoffs entering full swing, here's a look at the top 10 players with the hottest shoe games left playing. 

10. Jimmy Butler

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    Jimmy Butler made waves through the shoe community this postseason when he rocked Adidas' shoe "The Kobe," a throwback shoe to when Kobe Bryant was part of three stripes. 

    Butler has been one of Adidas' best athletes both on the court and with their footwear during the playoffs. He often brings back classic Adidas shoes in light of the absence of Derrick Rose, the top athlete on the Adidas brand. 

    While he doesn't rock any crazy colorways, Butler's throwback-style shoe game is very impressive. 

9. Jarrett Jack

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    Since the playoffs began, Jarrett Jack has been wearing custom KD V Elite's, which are quietly becoming a very popular shoe among collectors. 

    Jack is a huge fan of Kevin Durant's signature Nike shoe. Earlier in the regular season, he rocked the "Scoring Title" KD IV's, a colorway that perfectly matches the Golden State Warriors' colors. 

    While Jack may not be one of the biggest names on the court, his shoe game certainly speaks volumes. 

8. D.J. Augustin

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    Augustin made noise in the sneakerhead community during the Indiana Pacers' first round series against the Atlanta Hawks, when the point guard rocked the Air Jordan 4 "Thunder" colorway. 

    The "Thunder" Jordan 4s are a great shoe that Augustin rocked perfectly. That's the perk of being a Jordan-brand athlete, though. 

    Usually, Augustin wears the performance models that Jordan releases. However, the breaking out of the "Thunder" 4s was a big step up for the Pacers' guard. 

7. Iman Shumpert

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    Sponsored by Adidas, New York Knicks' guard Iman Shumpert has a subtle, yet very effective, shoe game. 

    In the Knicks' current series against the Pacers, Shumpert wore an all-orange pair "Crazy 8" kicks, one of Adidas' most popular basketball shoes. 

    Without Derrick Rose, Adidas is lacking in superstars rocking their kicks in the playoffs. However, Shumpert does a good job of filling the void by representing Adidas very well. 

6. J.R. Smith

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    While J.R. Smith's shooting percentage hasn't been hot as of late, his shoe game has been hotter than ever. 

    Against the Pacers, he rocked one of the hottest pair of retro Jordans, the "White Cement" 4s. 

    Then, when he received his Sixth Man of the Year award, Smith rocked the "EYBL" KD V Elite, one of the best pairs of playoff signature shoes that Nike has produced this season. 

    Smith's shoe game has a lot of variety. He rocks Nike player signature shoes, retro Jordans, and even plain Nike basketball shoes. But that's what makes his shoe game so great: You never know what to expect. 

5. Lance Stephenson

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    One of the only players left in the NBA sponsored by And1, Stephenson still has one of the best shoe games in the playoffs. 

    A week ago against the New York Knicks, Stephenson debuted the "Tai Chi" colorway of his And1 shoe and recorded a double-double in them. The shoe perfectly complemented the Pacers' colors. 

    And1's "Christmas" edition of Stephenson's signature shoe also got a lot of hype. 

    While Stephenson is not sponsored by one of the big boys, he still has one of the best shoe games out there. 

4. Richard Hamilton

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    Being sponsored by the Jordan Brand certainly has its perks. The Chicago Bulls' shooting guard often wears the hottest Jordans, either retros or the latest releases, on-court. 

    Hamilton is also a huge "sneakerhead." One of the biggest releases this year has been the Air Jordan Retro 5 "Grape" colorway. Hamilton revealed that he has dozens of pairs of the highly-collectible shoe in his possession. 

    As the Bulls do battle with the Heat in the playoffs, Chicago may win the shoe competition with three players being listed here, compared to just one for Miami. 

3. Kevin Durant

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has been rocking the KD V Elites in the playoffs, certainly a subtle yet attractive shoe. 

    One colorway of the KD V Elite shoe that is gaining popularity as it nears release, according to Nicekicks.com, is the Elite Green/Pink-Grey. 

    Durant's Nike shoe is the cheapest of the three major basketball stars sponsored by the brand (LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Durant) at $115 for the KD V's and $180 for the KD V Elites. So that has increased popularity of the kick. 

2. Nate Robinson

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    As Nate Robinson continues his tear through the playoffs, his shoe game is reminiscent of the greatest Chicago Bull to ever play the game. 

    The high-flying point guard rocks retro Jordans regularly, and has been wearing the Air Jordan 13 "Playoffs" as of late. 

    Retro Jordans are always the most-highly sought after shoes on the market, making Robinson's shoe game even more impressive. 

1. LeBron James

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    One of Nike's premier poster boys, LeBron James turned heads with his "MVP" LeBron X shoe this postseason. James premiered the shoe in the first half of Game 1 of the Miami Heat's series against the Chicago Bulls. 

    The LeBron James Nike shoes often create a buzz whenever new releases come out. Some of the top colorways for the LeBron X's that generated the most hype include the "Allstars," "Christmas," and "Cutting Jade."  

    As James continues his pursuit of his second NBA title, the shoes he wears on the way there are worthy of the title of the best shoes left in the playoffs. 

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