Who should buy the Nike Giannis Immortality 2

This cheap signature shoe from Nike Basketball serves the following best:

  • players who are looking for signature models that do not break the bank
  • athletes who play on both indoor and outdoor courts
  • wearers who want performance shoes that can double as everyday sneakers
  • guards or players who are nimble and do a lot of fine footwork

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Who should NOT buy this shoe from Nike

The Nike Giannis Immortality 2 is not for bigger players who need a lot of support, stability, and impact protection. The Nike LeBron 19 and the other LeBron kicks are better picks for them. 

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While this shoe's traction is good, it is still not of the same level as the Nike PG 6 or even the first Nike Giannis Immortality. Those players who are looking for top-tier traction should just go directly to these shoes.

Has a solid bite once broken in

There is no doubt that this quite affordable signature shoe from Nike has traction that you can depend on. In fact, two experts describe the traction as "pretty good" and "very solid." However, two reviewers also point out that the bite is still not top-tier. This shoe is simply not up there with the likes of the Nike PG 6 or even the original Nike Giannis Immortality. An avid reviewer also points out that the solid rubber outsole still has to be broken in before it works optimally.

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The Giannis Immortality 2 is sensitive to dust

As said, the traction is OK. However, problems start to arise when the game is played on quite dusty surfaces. Two experts report that the shoe's outsole picks up dust, so wiping is really needed. One of them even goes further, saying that the wipes are not going to be easy. He says that he needs to wipe at least twice to get the dust off.

Smooth steps, anyone?

According to one expert, the heel-to-toe transition "feels pretty damn smooth." He explains that this is because the heel and the tip of the forefoot have a "crazy curve shape", allowing each step to just glide smoothly. There is also a lot of forefoot flex, further smoothening out the strides.

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Another avid reviewer agrees. He says that this shoe is not clunky at all, and this is going to help you to be even quicker on your feet.

Has a for-guards cushioning system

An expert says that while the shoe's cushioning system is already "pretty nice for an $85 shoe", it still has its serious limitations. The court feel's really good and the whole setup is quite responsive, but impact protection is not that reliable. He says that your feet are "definitely gonna hurt" upon hard impact. 

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Such an observation is seconded by another expert. He says that the cushioning system is great if responsiveness and court feel are preferred. But if you are looking for a shoe with great impact protection, this shoe is just not it.

Light as a feather

One of the experts is so impressed with the weight of the Nike Giannis Immortality 2 that he gives it a perfect 10. It's not difficult to see why. At only 10.4 ounces or 295 grams, this shoe is well below the 13.5 ounces (383 grams) average that we have on record. For sure, this shoe feels pretty minimal on foot.

Comfortable upper materials

The upper is made largely of what an expert calls a "very open mesh", which ensures ventilation. This material is quite soft, and according to one reviewer, it feels comfortable lying next to the skin. It also conforms to the shape of the foot quite well. 

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The Nike Giannis Immortality 2 fits as expected

Two experts report that this Nike shoe fits true to size. One of them even says that it "fits like a glove." Therefore, there is no need for size adjustments when you get this one.

Support and stability experience drawbacks

According to one avid reviewer, the soft and comfortable upper has a significant price: it affected the amount of support that the shoe can deliver. Specifically, he mentions that the soft material stretches quite fast. Because of this, the shoe gets roomier with every wear. As a result, the shoe starts to feel a bit unstable. 

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Another expert agrees with this observation. He says that "there could be a little bit of work" when it comes to stability.

The Giannis Immortality 2 can be used outdoors

One of the experts reports that the rubber outsole of this shoe is "super hard." Hence, the Giannis Immortality 2 is suitable for use on rough outdoor courts.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 10.4oz
Top: Low
Signature: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Nike Giannis Immortality
Features: Outdoor
Colorways: Black / White

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.