Position Breakdown: Center


Welcome to Position Breakdown. In this new segment, we will look at each of the five positions for NBA players, and determine which five players have been rocking the best shoes so far this season. In this week’s first ever edition, we will take a look at the center position, so read on to see what players will be crowned with rocking the most heat.

DeMarcus Cousins has one of the most versatile sneaker rotations as far as NBA centers are concerned, and he has been seen rocking retros as well as newer performance models. What retro models have we seen this big man wear? Some of the top retro shoes have to be the Nike Zoom Flight V, and of course none other than the Air Jordan 11 “Concord”. In the area of performance models, Cousins has laced up in Nike KD V’s, Nike LeBron X’s, and Jordan CP3 VI’s.

Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies has also been rocking some heat this season, mostly in various colorways of the Nike Lunar Hyperdunks. He wore an all red pair of this shoe in honor of World Aids Day, and numerous ID versions featuring the Grizzlies colors. Surprising many, Marc also laced up in a pair of the Pink Nike Foamposite One, one of the hottest shoes of 2012.

Kendrick Perkins is also definitely worthy of making the list, thanks to his extensive Nike iD collection. We’ve seen Perkins rocking personal ID colorways of his teammate’s signature shoe, the Nike KD V. In honor of Black History Month, Perkins also was seen wearing the Nike KD V “BHM” edition.

Roy Hibbert has thrown a few curve balls this season as well, wearing classic basketball retros that we all know and love. We’ve seen Hibbert on court wearing ID versions of the Nike Huarache 2K4, which many consider to be one of the best basketball shoes of all time. In addition, Hibbert also likes lacing up in different colorways of the Nike Hyperfuse 2012, all in Indiana Pacers inspired colorways.

Dwight Howard has his own signature shoe from adidas, the adidas D Howard Light, so fittingly he has been graced with many sweet colorways of these bad boys. From “Home” editions, to “Away” editions, and everything in between, we have seen Dwight in various colorways of his own signature.

So which one of these big fellas has rocked the most heat this season? So far, we have to give the title to DeMarcus Cousins. Nobody matches his versatility, although Marc Gasol has to come in at a close second because he has definitely thrown us some curve balls as well. For the third spot, we’d have to say Roy Hibbert takes the cake, where Kendrick Perkins and Dwight Howard tie it up for last place.