While Nike holds the biggest share of the basketball sneaker market, German brand Adidas has made great strides in recent seasons trying to close the gap.
First, they started by poaching James Harden away from their rival in 2015 in a 10-year, $200 million deal. Over the years they have gradually added players such as Damian Lillard and Trae Young to the roster – players they believe can move the brand forward.
The most notable addition to Adidas Basketball hasn’t even been a basketball player. He’s a fashion designer.
Adidas has once again poached talent from Nike by recruiting famed fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo away from the Swoosh to revive its basketball department.
“Under Jerry’s leadership, we will disrupt the basketball category,” said Kasper Rorsted, CEO of Adidas.
While Lorenzo is getting a complete makeover on the basketball side, the brand has a number of NBA players to fall back on.
Which NBA players still have an Adidas signature shoe? The Sporting News has you covered below.
Which NBA players have an Adidas shoe offer?
At one point, Adidas had around 80 players on its NBA roster, led by the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the company’s first endorser). That number has dropped to around 50 or so at the moment.
Some of the most notable currently active players signed with Adidas include James Harden, Donovan Mitchell, Damian Lillard, Trae Young, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis.
The German brand also had Zach LaVine on its books until his contract expired before the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. After a season of sneaker free agency, LaVine signed a multi-year contract with New Balance.
Which NBA players have a signature shoe deal with Adidas?
Surprisingly, Adidas currently has as many iconic athletes as Nike (five).
James Harden, Donovan Mitchell and Damian Lillard are leading the way, while Trae Young is seen as the brand’s future.
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Derrick Rose signed a whopping 14-year, $190 million(!) contract with Adidas shortly after his 2010-11 MVP season, and last season celebrated the release of the D.Rose 11.
While many people may wonder why Rose is still one of the brand’s star athletes despite not being at MVP level when he signed that monster deal, it’s because his shoes are selling. still going strong in China – one of the biggest markets in the world. .
Lillard also signed a huge long-term deal with the Three Stripes in 2014, signing a 10-year, $100 million deal.
|James Harden||Harden Vol. seven|
|Donovan Mitchell||Adidas DON Number 4|
|Damien Lillard||Adidas Dame 8|
|Trae young||Trae young 2|
|Derrick Rose||D.Rose 11|