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Ok. I’m making the case for Goran Dragic. 30 points on 13 shots tonight. Got knocked to the floor and injured his elbow in the 4th quarter, got back up, scored 10 straight points to close out the game, then left to get x-rays done on the arm. He’s a combo guard shooting .499 from the field for the season. Among guards who take at least 10 shots per game, only Dwyane Wade and Tony Parker are more efficient from the field. When Eric Bledsoe tore his meniscus in late December, Goran dragged the team kicking and screaming to an 8-7 record in Bledsoe’s absence, effectively keeping the Suns in the playoff race. His numbers during that stretch: 21.9 ppg on 52% shooting, 46% from beyond the arc, 6.5 assists, 4.4 boards, 1.4 steals. Only three players in the entire league are shooting over 48%, scoring at least 19 points per game, and dishing out at least 5 assists. Those three: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Goran Dragic. Only two players in the league are going for 19 ppg and 6+ apg while shooting at that clip. Those two: LeBron and Goran. Am I saying that he’s in KD and LeBron’s league? Not at all, nobody is. Am I saying that he’s an All-Star? No question, absolutely. If the coaches don’t vote Dragic in, somebody better tell David Stern that this is the guy who should get Kobe’s spot.
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10) Foamposite One “Sport Royal”
While an endless line of questionable, somewhat bizarre colorways of the Foamposite One and the Foamposite Pro has seemingly become the norm, every once in a while NSW manages to hit all the right notes, as they did with this Sport Royal version that payed homage to Penny Hardaway’s Orlando Magic roots. The candy blue absolutely leaps off of that Foam upper, giving us an updated Magic vibe that the Foamposite One hasn’t had since its original incarnation. If the original Royal Blue Foams were made with the pinstripe Orlando uniforms in mind, I like to think of these as something that Penny would have worn with the star unis in 1999.
9) Barkley Posite Max “Suns”
While most heads flocked to the All-Star Weekend’s “Area 72” pair of the Barkley Posite Max, going with the Phoenix Suns colorway for Sir Charles was a natural choice for me. While the price tag on these were understandably a reason to bring pause among buyers, the lavish details on the hybrid were undeniable. From that hefty metallic Foam upper, to the Godzilla-like 3M scaling across the shoe’s midsole, to the glow in the dark outsole with Chuck’s infamous “Not A Role Model” quote sprawling across them, this pair in many ways presented the perfect storm for the current generation of gaudy “Galaxy” sneakerheads. Although I’m a huge fan of Marc Dolce’s work on both of the Penny hybrids, I feel like this release managed to top both of them.
8) Air Jordan 1 “Royal”
The only pair listed here that I don’t actually own. This release also marked the first time that my soul was absolutely crushed by reseller prices, as I missed out on the initial release due to work, casually noted to myself that I would be ok with paying a bit of a premium for the one incarnation of the AJ1 that I’ve ever lusted after, and was then promptly blindsided by pairs showing up online for the equivalent of 4-5 hundred dollars mere days later. I’m somewhat optimistic about the news of the Royal theme potentially showing up on my beloved AJKO model later this year, but I’m still on the hunt for the leather pair at a reasonable tag if anyone has any leads.
7) Solarsoft Moccasin “Floral”
Upon first seeing a pair of the Solarsoft Moccasins, my initial thought was that they had the potential to be 2013’s version of the Roshe Run. While the Roshe’s superior breathability still sets them apart from the Solarsofts in terms of comfort, these Moccasins that surfaced during the summer alongside its two other floral themed siblings presented a case of love at first sight for me. While the Janoskis are probably the most widely recognized of 2013’s numerous floral sneakers, none had quite the flair that this pair possessed.
6) Air Jordan 5 “Grape”
In 2012 I purchased a mere 2 pairs of retro Jordans. In 2013? Just these. Who knows? The way that things are going, maybe I won’t purchase any Jordans in 2014.
5) Kamikaze II
There were no less than 6 pairs of Reebok retros that I contemplated purchasing at one point or another in 2013, which goes to show just how extraordinary RBK’s year was. In my opinion, the crown jewel of Reebok’s releases this year was Shawn Kemp’s Kamikaze II, one of the brand’s finest creations of all time. Both the Shaq Attaq and the Shaqnosis were tempting options for me as someone who went through my elementary school years as an Orlando Magic fan, but the Reignman’s second sig in SuperSonics colors were the ones that I absolutely needed to have.
4) Zoom Flight “The Glove”
With a classic Shawn Kemp signature making its long awaited return, it was quite fitting to see another Sonics legend’s sneaker get the retro treatment as well. Though it was a bit strange to see the Zoom Flight 98 rebranded as the Zoom Flight “The Glove,” it was tough to argue with the quality or the timing of this retro, as 2013 also saw Gary Payton inducted into the Hall of Fame. While the Zoom Flight 96 was always my personal favorite, the 95 and 98 were certainly the most memorable, the former with its gigantic “bug eye” pods, and the 98 with that groundbreaking zip-up skin. The spirit of the design was truly aesthetically ahead of its time, as even the visual lineage of the most groundbreaking sneaker of 2013, the Air Jordan XX8, can in ways be traced back to its zip-up ancestor.
3) Air Python
While the Year of the Snake provided the perfect opportunity for companies to drop a whole bevy of snakeskin releases, virtually everyone was still caught off guard by the return of the Air Python, the Air Jordan 2’s long lost evil twin. While I do like the Jordan 2 a great deal, I prefer the edgier vibe that the faux snakeskin gives the Pythons. This Python release also served as a reminder of why I still love this hobby, as this tier zero drop seemingly came out of nowhere and flew under the radar as a dark horse that not too many people were familiar with. The materials on the new release more or less make the 2013 Python a completely different shoe from the original, but I’m thrilled to own an homage of sorts to that particular piece of sneaker history.
2) Atmos Air Max 1
Something happened mid year in 2013, as the popularity of Atmos’ typically coveted collaborations with Nike suddenly rocketed through the roof and began to border on madness. The year closed with the release of the somewhat obtrusive “Duck Camo” AM90, followed closely by the 3M-heavy “Tiger Camo” version of the same silhouette. While I liked both releases, I couldn’t bring myself to deal with the hassle (or price) to obtain either of them. Thankfully, I did manage to get my dirty paws on half of the Air Max 1 “Animal Camo” pack in February before the Atmos madness went through the stratosphere, and they ended up being one of my favorite releases of the year.
1) Flyknit Chukka “Wolf Grey”
As soon as I held the Flyknit Chukka in my hands for the very first time, I was ready to anoint them my favorite release of the year, and this was probably way back in May or June or so. Most of the Flyknit releases to date have struck me as finely crafted pieces of art, but I wasn’t truly blown away until seeing that Flyknit technology weave itself along a mid-cut silhouette. This colorway in particular turned out wonderfully, with that blood red swoosh popping off of the grey Flyknit upper. A versatile pair that I can throw on with a variety of different outfits, the Flyknit Chukka easily earns a spot among my all time favorites.
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