Phoenix Suns Shooting Guard Devin Booker and leader of the Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox have a lot in common.
They both went to Kentucky. The two are two of the brightest young stars in the NBA. Both are Nike Basketball athletes. And now the two are getting their own iterations of classic Nike sneakers.
Booker and Fox, as well as the Boston Celtics forward Jayson tatum have collaborated with Nike on a new collection of signature reissues.
Booker’s Air Force 1 comes in a Robin Egg Blue colourway with gray accents and is inspired by his love for a well-worn pair of sneakers. The hang tag features his nickname “D Book” with “Yes Ma’am” embroidered on the left heel and “No Sir” on the right. The insole contains the text “Devin Booker’s SIGNATURE ALWAYS FRESH No Socks Style”, which demonstrates his affinity for wearing shoes without socks.
Fox’s Air Max 1 is influenced by his love of astronomy and the seemingly random and different colourways feature colors common to the planets in our solar system. The sockliner features mathematical equations related to aerodynamics. The heel bears its nickname “Swipa” and its No. 5 appears on the tongue in front of a solar eclipse.
Tatum’s Air Max 97s are a tribute to his hometown of St. Louis and feature a red, black and white colourway with the Gateway Arch and area code 314.
Each shoe’s release dates are staggered by one week with Fox’s Air Max 1 first on June 1, followed by Booker’s Air Force 1 on June 8 and Tatum’s Air Max 97 on June 15. The shoes will be available in the extended Foot Locker family. of shops.
Last summer, Booker signed the richest deal in Suns franchise history, a maximum 5-year extension of $ 158 million with the club. This season, Booker became the fifth youngest player in NBA history to score 5,000 career points behind just James lebron, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. In March, he became the youngest player in NBA history with straight games at 50 points.
For the season, Booker finished eighth in the league with a career-high 26.6 points per game, with 4.1 rebounds and a career-high 6.8 assists per game for Phoenix.
Fox, meanwhile, is one of three finalists for the NBA’s Most Improved Player after having had an outstanding year for the Kings. Fox improved in almost every statistical category, averaging 17.3 points, 7.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game last season, up from 11.6 points, 4, 4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in his rookie campaign.
His shooting showed a marked improvement from the first to the second year, going from 41.2% to 45.8% overall, while his 3-point shooting improved from 30.7% to 37.1% . Fox also nearly doubled his free throw attempts from 2.7 to 5.1 per game.
At the NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, Fox competed in both the Rising Stars game and the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
After going 27-55 in 2017-18, the Kings finished 39-43 this season, nine games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for eighth and final place in the Western Conference playoffs.