Basketball is the only sport where sneaker culture is nearly as prodigious as the actual games played on the court. In the NBA, the sneaker game is usually super competitive with numerous shoe companies competing to sign some of the top players. However, this year is different. Sneaker companies like Nike and Adidas were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lower sales numbers have limited the market for sneaker free agents. According to The Undefeated, 175-200 players are expected to play without a shoe deal this season.
With honorable mentions like Goran Dragić, Andre Iguodala, Derrick Jones Jr. and practically the entire 2020 draft class without shoe deals, this was a deep pool of players to select from. Here’s a look at the top sneaker free agents in the NBA right now.