Cory Joseph was born in Toronto, and after a stop in San Antonio at the beginning of his career, he has returned to his hometown where he plays for the Toronto Raptors. Although he is a role player on the team, he has been an integral part of the Raptors’ success over the past two seasons. Joseph currently wears the Nike Kyrie 2, the signature shoe of Kyrie Irving. His teammate, Giannis Antetokounmpo, wears the Nike Kobe AD.
Andrew Wiggins is only 21 years old but he is making a large impact in his 3rd year in the league with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Averaging over 22 points per game to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists, Wiggins is set to have a long career in the NBA. He currently wears the Adidas Crazy Explosive, an unusual shoe that looks like a wrestling boot.
Tyler Ennis spent only one year in college at Syracuse before making the leap to the NBA in 2014. He currently is average about 6 minutes per game with the Houston Rockets and is looking to improve on a slow start to the 2016-17 season. Ennis wears the Jordan Melo M13, Carmelo Anthony’s signature shoe.
Trey Lyles was selected with the 12th overall pick by the Utah Jazz two years ago and averaged over 17 minutes per game in his first season. He is the first person from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to play in the NBA. Lyles typically wears shoes from the Kobe line and most often sports the Nike Kobe 3.
Jamal Murray, the talented young Canadian from Kitchener, Ontario, is in his first year in the league after spending only a single year at Kentucky. The highly touted rookie signed a multi-year deal with Adidas before the draft. He is currently wearing the Adidas D Lillard 2, the second signature shoe in Damian Lillard’s line.
A former All-American with Gonzaga, Toronto-born Kelly Olynyk has asserted himself as a consistent backup centre for the Boston Celtics after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason. He has been a reliable member of Canada’s national basketball team over his career, and is a big reason why Team Canada came ever-so-close to qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Olynyk is currently wearing Nike Kobe 11 shoes.
Dwight Powell, a role player out of Stanford, has seen his minutes per game double over the past two seasons. From Toronto, Ontario, the 6’11” centre has improved each of his three seasons in the league. Powell frequently wears the Nike Zoom Lebron Soldier 8, an older version of one of Lebron James’ secondary shoes.
Nik Stauskas, a former 8th overall pick, has played an important role in the success of the suddenly resurgent Philadelphia 76ers. He represented Canada at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship but did not play in the team’s final game due to food poisoning. Stauskas wears the popular Nike Hypershift.
Tristan Thompson won his first NBA Championship last season alongside teammates Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The former 4th overall pick, is known for his defensive abilities. He currently wears the Nike Zoom Lebron Soldier X.
Journeyman Joel Anthony, a native of Montreal, is a newly minted teammate of superstar Kawhi Leonard after signing with the San Antonio Spurs for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. He’s been a Nike and Jordan brand wearer his entire career, most recently sporting Nike Air Max Hyperposite shoes.
The Players and Their Shoes
|Tyler Ennis||Jordan Melo M13|
|Cory Joseph||Nike Kyrie 2|
|Trey Lyles||Nike Kobe 3|
|Jamal Murray||Adidas D Lillard 2|
|Kelly Olynyk||Nike Kobe 11|
|Dwight Powell||Nike Zoom Lebron Soldier 8|
|Nik Stauskas||Nike Hypershift|
|Tristan Thompson||Nike Zoom Lebron Soldier X|
|Andrew Wiggins||Adidas Crazy Explosive|