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The Ten Best Nike Kobe Shoes Worn During the 2021-22 NBA Season

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Today would have been Kobe Bryant’s 44th birthday. Almost 18 months have passed since the basketball legend’s untimely passing, and his fans around the world are still suffering.

But as always, we’ll try to remember the good times and shine a light on the players who carry on the legacy of the ‘Black Mamba’. It wasn’t easy, but here are the ten best Kobe sneakers worn by players during the 2021-22 NBA season.

Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Grinch’

Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Grinch’

Player: Jarred Vanderbilt

Date: January 2, 2022

Release date: December 24, 2020

Average resale price: $638

Explanation: You know a list is about to be stacked when the Kobe 6 ‘Grinch’ barely slips through in tenth place. Arguably the most iconic sneaker in the Nike Kobe signature line. Originally released in 2010 and then given the “Protro” treatment ten years later is a testament to the enduring popularity of one of the greatest basketball shoes of all time.

Nike Kobe 3 ‘All-Star’

Miami Heat forward PJ Tucker wears Nike Kobe 3 'All-Star' sneakers against the New York Knicks on January 26, 2022.

Nike Kobe 3 ‘All-Star’

Player: P.J. Tucker

Date: January 26, 2022

Release date: February 9, 2008

Average resale price: N / A

Explanation: Often overshadowed by its successors, the Kobe 3 never gets the love it deserves. It came just before the high low revolution spearheaded by Bryant and the last high we would see until the Kobe 9. But PJ Tucker is a man of culture and taste. He appreciates the misunderstood, and sneakerheads around the world owe him a debt of gratitude for what he gives to the game.

Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘MPLS’ PE

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis wears the Nike Kobe 6 Protro 'MPLS' sneakers against the Golden State Warriors on February 12, 2022.

Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘MPLS’ PE

Player: Anthony Davis

Date: February 12, 2022

Release date: N / A

Average resale price: N / A

Explanation: We have intentionally avoided Exclusive Players (EP) on this list. But Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis might have had the best Kobe PE of the entire 2021-22 season.

Nike Kobe 8 ‘All-Star Alien’

Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton wears the Nike Kobe 8

Nike Kobe 8 ‘All-Star Alien’

Player: Tyrese Haliburton

Date: January 10, 2022

Release date: February 15, 2013

Average resale price: $671

Explanation: 2013 was the peak year for Nike Basketball. It also marked the last big season of Kobe Bryant‘s career. The “Black Mamba” coached the Lakers to the Western Conference Playoffs while wearing the Kobe 8. Who knows what might have happened had it not been for Bryant’s Achilles injury.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low ‘University Red’

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan wearing the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low 'University Red' during the 2021-22 NBA season.

Nike Kobe 9 Elite Low ‘University Red’

Player: DeMar DeRozan

Date: March 4, 2022

Release date: September 13, 2014

Average resale price: $492

Explanation: DeMar DeRozan recently signed a contract extension with Nike where he will be seen as the face of the Kobe lineup. The Compton, Calif. native grew up in Kobe Bryant’s shadow before becoming a sidekick and eventual torchbearer for his idol’s legacy. Few, if any, NBA players have a Kobe collection that rivals DeRozan’s reserve.

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Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Think Pink’

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant wearing Nike Kobe 6 Protro 'Think Pink' boots on December 2, 2021.

Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Think Pink’

Player: Ja Morant

Date: December 2, 2021

Release date: N / A

Average resale price: $1,200

Explanation: Ja Morant deserves her own signature sneaker line with Nike. But until then, we’re grateful for the All-NBA point guard rocking the classics. Additional points have been added for wearing a colorway representing a good cause.

Nike Kobe 8 Prelude ‘Reflection’

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Nike Kobe 8 ‘Prelude’

Player: Tyrese Haliburton

Date: December 31, 2021

Release date: January 25, 2014

Average resale price: $966

Explanation: Tyrese Haliburton clearly has an affinity for the Kobe 8 and we can’t blame him. Nike flooded the streets with the colorways of this model. But Kobe sneakerheads will remind you that the “Protro” line wasn’t the first time Nike released retro Kobe models.

Prior to his return from the Achilles injury, Kobe Bryant wore retro designs known as the “Prelude” collection that told new stories with deeper meanings. This specific color of Prelude is called the “Reflection”.

Nike Kobe 8 ‘What is the Kobe’

Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan wearing the Nike Kobe 8 'What The Kobe' during the 2021-22 NBA season.

Nike Kobe 8 ‘What is the Kobe’

Player: DeMar DeRozan

Date: October 25, 2021

Release date: December 6, 2013

Average resale price: $1,272

Explanation: As we mentioned earlier, 2013 was the golden age of Nike Basketball. One of the coolest ideas they had was “What The” colorways for all of their iconic athletes. No wonder the “What The Kobe” colorways have always been fan favorites.

Nike Kobe 4 Prelude ‘Finals MVP’

Sacramento Kings forward Trey Lyles wears the Nike Kobe 4 'Prelude' shoes during the 2021-22 NBA season.

Nike Kobe 4 Prelude

Player: Trey Lyles

Date: April 5, 2022

Release date: December 8, 2013

Average resale price: $1,534

Explanation: Trey Lyles is an underrated Kobe sneakerhead. Last season, the Sacramento Kings guard wore impressive PEs as well as OG colorways from the “Prelude” and “What The” collections. The ‘Finals MVP’ colorway from the ‘Prelude’ collection is perhaps Lyles’ best work of the season.

Nike Kobe 4 ‘Finals MVP Home’

Los Angeles Lakers goalie Isaiah Thomas wears the Nike Kobe 4 'NBA Final MVP' sneakers against the Phoenix Suns on December 21, 2021.

Nike Kobe 4 ‘Finals MVP Home’

Player: Isaiah Thomas

Date: December 21, 2021

Release date: July 22, 2009

Average resale price: N / A

Explanation: You can’t sleep on Isaiah Thomas’ Kobe collection. The undersized point guard had his own colorway of the Nike Kobe AD Mid which enjoyed a general release in 2018. But Thomas won the year wearing the Kobe 4 ‘Finals MVP Home’. This hoop shoe was released in two “Finals MVP” colorways (home and away) over 13 years ago, and both have become nearly impossible to obtain.


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