40 of the Best NBA Christmas Day Kicks From the Last 20 Years

40 of the Best NBA Christmas Day Kicks From the Last 20 Years

Christmas Day Clout.

There’s nothing quite like waking up on Christmas morning, peering under the tree for a shoebox-shaped box, frantically tearing off the carefeully wrapped paper to find that pair of shoes your mom swore she said she wouldn’t get you.

Then mom pulls that conceited face; you know the one.

But for most of us, those days are long gone, replaced with happy toothless smiles and your own kids enjoying that very same feeling.

But the next best thing on Christmas Day — well, apart from the food, wine and family — is the all-day NBA, where the best players from across the nation come to put on a show. They know the nation is watching, so they bring their very best sneaker game.

Those players lucky enough to be hooping on the NBA’s loaded Christmas Day schedule will be channeling that Christmas morning feeling, donning some of the most creative, festive kicks on the national stage. Like a child running down stairs that morning, players arrive to waiting boxes with fresh-new Christmas-themed kicks, ready to be laced up and taken for a spin.

—— Anyone else remember lacing up that fresh pair of Js and hitting the driveway hoop straight away?

Today we’re not only celebrating with family and friends — we’re celebrating the best on-court Christmas Day sneakers from the past 20 years of NBA scheduled games. Ranging from traditional red-and-green colorways to designs incorporating Dr. Seuss’ Grinch and even Arnold, there have been no limits on imagination. And whule there are a heap more that could be included, we thought 40 is a nice round number. Plus, you don’t want to be spending all day on your phone right? that’s not what Christmas is about!

Starting with Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 13s in 1997 and ending in 2017 with a couple of festive customs, here are 40 of the best NBA Christmas Day Kicks from the last 20 years:

 

1997

Michael Jordan// Air Jordan 13 “He Got Game”

1999

Tim Duncan // Nike Air Flightposite

2000

Ron Harper // Air Jordan 11 “Concord”

2000

Kobe Bryant // adidas Crazy 1

2002

Kobe Bryant // Air Jordan 7 PE

2002

Mike Bibby // Air Jordan 17

2003

Tracy McGrady // adidas T-Mac 3

2004

Fred Jones // Air Jordan 13 “Wheat”

2005

Smush Parker // Nike Huarache 2K5

2006

Dwyane Wade //  Converse Wade 1.3

2007

Kobe Bryant // Nike Air Zoom Kobe 3

2008

Kobe Bryant // Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Christmas iD

2008

LeBron James // Nike Zoom LeBron 6 “Chalk”

2008

Dwight Howard // adidas TS Bounce Commander Superman

2009

LeBron James // Nike LeBron 7 “Christmas”

2009

Dwyane Wade // Air Jordan 1 Alpha

2010

Kobe Bryant // Nike Kobe 6 “Grinch”

2011

Kobe Bryant // Nike Zoom Kobe 7 “Cheetah”

2011

LeBron James // Nike LeBron 9 “Christmas”

2012

Kobe Bryant // Nike Zoom Kobe 8

2012

Ray Allen // Air Jordan 18 and 20 PEs

2013

LeBron James // Nike LeBron 11 “Christmas”

2013

Nick Young // Air Jordan 11 Low “Lakers” Custom

2014

Iman Shumpert // adidas Crazy 2 “Bad Dreams”

2014

LeBron James // Nike LeBron 12 “Christmas Day Akron Birch”

2014

Klay Thompson // Nike Hyperdunk 2013 PE

2014

Kyrie Irving // Nike Kyrie 1 “Christmas”

2015

Stephen Curry // Under Armour Curry 2 “Northern Lights”

2015

Kyrie Irving // Nike Kyrie 2 “Christmas”

2016

LeBron James // Nike LeBron 14 “Out of Nowhere”

2016

Derrick Rose // adidas D Rose 7 Christmas PE

2016

Klay Thompson // Anta KT2 Christmas PE

2016

Lou Williams // PEAK Lightning Christmas PE

2017

Karl-Anthony Towns // Custom “How KAT Stole Christmas” Nike Hyperdunk 2017

2017

Marcus Morris // Custom Air Jordan 11

2017

LeBron James // KITH x Nike LeBron 15

2017

Draymond Green // Custom “Arthur” Nike React Hyperdunk 2017

2017

Ben Simmons // Nike Hyperdunk 2017 PE

2017

Amir Johnson // Air Jordan 6 “Gatorade”

2017

Kevin Durant // Nike KD 9

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