Style - Kicks and Gear / Dec 16, 2011 / 4:00 pm

3 NBA Players To Wear Spalding Basketball Shoes This Season


It’s safe to say that the sneaker game has changed. Just as NBA players want to play in big markets, guys are bucking the trend and joining up-and-coming sneaker companies in order to make a name for themselves. First we saw this with the influx of Chinese brands such as Li-Ning, PEAK and ANTA, and have recently seen it from the likes of Under Armour and Above The Rim. Now, getting back in the game, is Spalding.

Established in 1876, Spalding developed the very first basketball at the request of Dr. James Naismith. In 1983, the Spalding basketball became the official ball of the NBA. But a Spalding basketball shoe? Those haven’t hit the NBA hardwood since the days of Hakeem Olajuwon.

That will all change this season.

Although an official announcement is set for the near future, it’s been confirmed to Dime that three NBA players will wear Spalding basketball shoes this season: Jimmer Fredette, Mario Chalmers and Chris Singleton.

Fredette was first spotted wearing his new kicks at Donte Greene‘s Goon Squad Classic in late November. This week, with training camps and Media Days going on, new photos have surfaced as to what exactly Fredette and Chalmers will be wearing.

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  • rob stewart

    What’s the pricepoint? hopefully $40

  • IDOT

    Spalding coming up.

  • Rick

    Coming up? The only thing coming up is my lunch. They look disgusting.

  • ab40

    gotta love great players wearing shoes that are available for the middle and lower class income kids. Shaq and Hakeem both did it in the 90’s. I just wonder which brand is gonna make cheap shoes that are great to ball in. Or we can just go to outlet stores, problem is here in europe it’s not that easy. They don’t lower the prices here.. EVER especialy on the more expensive models.

  • http://brokejumper.com/ Brokejumper

    Who’s Chris Singleton? Wonder what marketing exec picked him as a sponsored athelete?

  • Buckets

    If they are playable and the check is right, why not? Most players that wear Nike get no money and product, they are the idiots if you ask me.