A week ago, NBA.com released its "unofficial honor roll" of the league's best players in the past decade. NBA 2K shortly followed suit with their own version of All-Decade teams from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.
Both lists elicited mixed reactions as expected, with netizens questioning the choices made while others feeling the players' rankings needed some adjusting.
And as our contribution to the slow news days this NBA offseason, we here at SPIN Life rounded up the best pair ever laced up — signature or not — by each member of NBA.com's three All-Decade teams.
ALL-DECADE FIRST TEAM
Stephen Curry – Under Armour Curry 4
UA was determined not to fail the fourth straight time. Two years after getting destroyed on Twitter for the low-cut Curry 2, the American brand finally got the two-time Most Valuable Player’s signature shoe right with the bootie construction and knitted upper. More importantly, Curry won his second championship in the 4s.
Kevin Durant – Nike KD 10
Helping Steph capture his second ring was Durant, who also released the 10th sneaker from his personal line around the same time. The KD 10 had the Flyknit tech and an innovative lacing system that set it apart from previous models. The landmark drop also coincided with the 2014 NBA MVP’s 10th Nike anniversary.
LeBron James – Nike LeBron 9
We were actually choosing between this and the 14. Not only did the King secured his legacy with his first title while wearing the LeBron 9, but it also offered a preview of what’s to come in his Nike line. LeBron seemed to have figured things out design-wise, that’s why it came as a surprise when he followed it up with the boxy 10, 11, 12, and 13.
James Harden – adidas Harden Vol. 2
Harden's sneaker debut with the Three Stripes received the same harsh treatment as the Curry 2s thanks to leaked photos. The only difference was that it didn’t take adidas a couple of years to rectify their mistake. The Harden Vol. 2 and its crazy colorways summed up The Beard’s weirdly effective style of play.
Kawhi Leonard – New Balance OMN1S
Fans of the Board Man are still waiting for the worldwide release of his first and only signature shoe. A lot has changed since Leonard entered the league — his team, the squad that he led to a championship, and his brand of choice. Under scrutiny last season, the Klaw caught the Jordan Brand off guard when he signed with NB.
ALL-DECADE SECOND TEAM
Chris Paul - Jordan CP3 12
It's no secret that the Point God has fallen out of favor in recent years, much like his Jordan peers in the disputed All-Decade Second Team. Still, sneakerheads are loving Paul's releases with Jumpman. His last pair with his reworked logo might be his best one yet, particularly the clean "Bred" colorway.
Anthony Davis – Nike Air Max Audacity Anthony Davis PE
Surprisingly, a generational talent of Davis' caliber has yet to get a signature Swoosh sneaker. The Brow has settled for player exclusives of a generic-looking performance model that is said to be based on his specs. In 2016, he laced up this pair in memory of his fallen teammate Bryce Dejean-Jones.
Russell Westbrook – Jordan Why Not Zer0.1
The second "Why Not" shoe might be a better representation of the Brodie's kooky look book, but his initial drop channeled the controlled chaos that resulted in his statistically historic run. Its limited color palette and muted overall aesthetic is the perfect contrast to Westbrook's wild court and catwalk style.
Carmelo Anthony – Jordan Melo 10
Anthony is still Jordan's longest-tenured athlete, whether NBA teams and fans like it or not. The three-time Olympic gold medalist has continued to be a great brand ambassador, despite the lack of staying power. His Hoodie Melo phase and star-studded Black Ops pick-up games are solid proof.
Blake Griffin – Jordan Super.Fly 1
There was a time when players had to be wary in the paint lest he wanted to end up in a Griffin poster. Back then, the aptly named Super.Fly was introduced as the high-flying forward's ultimate weapon. Injury-plagued Blake, while still highly effective, has since spent more time on the perimeter than above the rim.
ALL-DECADE THIRD TEAM
LaMarcus Aldridge – Air Jordan 11
LMA inked his shoe deal when he was still with the Portland Trail Blazers, which is why debuting in retro Breds totally made sense even color-wise, Now a member of the San Antonio Spurs, the seven-time All-Star has to choose his classic models in neutral colors to match his team's "boring" grayscale uniforms.
Dwyane Wade – Li-Ning Way of Wade 6
Before anything else, Wade's entire Converse line deserves a special mention just because. After four releases, the Flash jumped on the Jordan bandwagon but had a bigger competition to make a lasting impact. Switching later to the Chinese company turned out to be the right decision for his personal brand.
Kobe Bryant – Nike Kobe 8 System
There's something about the Kobe 8 System that encapsulates his whole sneaker line, even more symbolic than the Protro and A.D. silhouettes. The arrival of his then-lowest and lightest performance footwear served the Black Mamba well in his last productive season before he was hampered by injuries.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Nike Zoom Freak 1
The Greek Freak's signature debut, which came out a couple of months ago, isn't actually half bad. Equipped with extra-responsive cushioning, forefoot lockdown, and multidirectional traction, the Zoom Freak 1 is built for the Antetokounmpo's demigod attributes. The design draws inspiration from his unparalleled love for family.
Paul George – Nike PG 1
Although Kawhi's newest partner in crime took his game to another level in the PG 2 and 3, nothing beats the first entry in his personal line. George capped his successful comeback year with his own shoe, whose locked-down stability, all-around comfort, and responsive cushioning catered to the needs of two-way players like him.