10 Best Adidas Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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10 Best Adidas Basketball Shoes in 2022

Adidas is a trusted brand when it comes to sportswear. The Three Stripes’ basketball shoes and other apparel always go neck to neck with the competing Nike products.

We got our hands on over 90 pairs of Adidas basketball shoes to find out which ones are the top performers. 

How we test basketball shoes

Here at RunRepeat, we scour the web for basketball shoe reviews so that you won’t have to. Once all inputs are in, we come up with a CoreScore for each Adidas shoe to determine the top ten.

Best Adidas basketball shoes overall

Adidas Dame 7
Adidas Dame 7
£93
Top pick

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 789 users
89 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Great court feel
  • Very stable and supportive
  • Light
  • OK for outdoors
  • Affordable

Cons

  • So-so traction
  • Runs big
  • Needs breaking in

Verdict

When it comes to basketball shoes, Adidas is second only to Nike. But does this mean that Adidas shoes are inferior to Nikes? Not necessarily. Take the Adidas Dame 7 as an example. This shoe reigns supreme over not only other Adidas sneakers but also many Nikes as well.

Damian Lillard’s signature shoes are always top choices for guards. The Dame 7 is not an exemption. This model delivers court feel and bounce like no other. This might be at the expense of some impact protection, but guards usually care less about this.

The seventh Dame shoe also delivered stability and lockdown so well. The collar and the padding in it clasped the ankle and heel. Slippage was never an issue when we were wearing this. This basketball shoe also has a very wide base, so lateral stability was always dependable.

What makes this shoe even more appealing is its outdoor playability. Given the menace that is COVID-19, most gyms are closed or operating only on limited capacities. Many of us are forced to play outside, and this shoe is a good partner. It did not let us down.

Being a signature shoe, for no less than Damian Lillard at that, we expected the Dame 7 to cost much. But it actually didn’t. Given its performance and prestige, the money that we paid was all worth it.

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Adidas Harden Vol 3
Adidas Harden Vol 3
£66
Also great

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 607 users
90 / 100 from 25 experts

Pros

  • Outsole barely attracts dust
  • Delivers great stopping power
  • Responsive and great court feel
  • Impressive upper materials
  • Appealing design
  • Needs minimal break-in time
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to put on
  • The best Harden basketball shoe

Cons

  • Not for outdoor use 
  • Paper-thin insoles
  • Impractical forefoot elastic bands
  • Not for heavy players

Verdict

When it came out, the Adidas Harden Vol 3 surely made a lot of noise. Players of varying levels of skill can’t stop raving about it. To us, the praises made it sound legendary. It was hard to believe that such a shoe exists; until of course we tried the shoe ourselves. Now, we are big fans.

First, we’d like to point out that the magic that is the outsole. It had a really good grip, no doubt! But what made it more notable is the fact that dust didn’t seem to stick to it. Was it because of the material? Was it because of the tread pattern? We may not know for sure, but all that matters is that it didn’t give us problems even on unkempt courts.

The midsole tooling is also a notable feature. It just felt so good! It uses Boost. While many Adidas shoes use Boost, we felt that this one is the most perfectly implemented. We are not shoe designers, so we don’t understand mechanisms. All we know is that this setup provided a whole lot of court feel and responsiveness!

Now, this wouldn’t be a Harden shoe without the flashiness that characterizes the man himself. We love how this looks! If you are looking for a performer that’s also a charmer, it would be a crime to pass on this one.

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Adidas basketball shoes with best grip

Adidas Marquee Boost
Adidas Marquee Boost
£55
Top pick

Corescore

88
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,873 users
87 / 100 from 10 experts

Pros

  • Gives vintage feel
  • Boundy
  • Fits well to wide footers
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent outsole grip
  • Holds its own well 
  • Keeps feet intact 
  • Good ankle support
  • Flexible upper
  • Breathable fit
  • Top-notch comfort

Cons

  • Lacks torsional rigidity
  • Frail outsole 
  • Hideous design
  • Uncomfortable flat forefoot

Verdict

Many regard traction as the most important aspect of a basketball shoe. There are people like that here with us, and they surely were not disappointed in the Adidas Marquee Boost. Out of hundreds of basketball shoes that we tried, this easily rose above the rest because it just bit like crazy both indoors and outdoors. 

Having said that, no one can doubt this shoe’s durability. It sure can withstand a beating. And we are not just talking about the outsole; even the upper materials prove to have this undeniable sturdiness to them. Wear and tear? As long as the shoe is used reasonably, they will never be a problem. 

One would think that a good sturdy shoe is automatically heavy. Strong stuff has to put on some weight, right? This is not the case with the Marquee Boost. We fell in love with it because it just felt so light on foot. For a moment we thought we were just wearing really supportive socks! That’s how light it was!

We understand that this shoe has quite an old school look. Some may not find it that aesthetically pleasing. But hey, if it performs well, and it really does, looks shouldn’t matter.

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Adidas Harden Stepback 2
Adidas Harden Stepback 2
Also great

Corescore

85
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,328 users
84 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Consistent bite: The Stepback 2 is basically the Harden Vol 5 done right. Both use the same tread pattern, but the former grips the floor far more consistently.
  • Court feel: The midsole tooling is firm, so players get to feel the floor or ground more.
  • Premium-feel materials: The Stepback 2 is among the cheaper hoop shoes, but it surely does not feel that way as the upper materials are soft and nice.
  • Secure lockdown: The heel is held in place by an external counter, and the shoe's close-to-the-skin fit help contain the foot even without an outrigger.
  • Guaranteed durability: Basketball players report that with reasonable care, the Stepback 2 can last long even when used outdoors.
  • Cool design: Style-conscious wearers will love the streamlined construction and usually vibrant colors of this basketball sneaker.

Cons

  • Too firm midsole: There is not much compression in the midsole, so it fails to provide sufficient impact protection.
  • Dust-prone outsole: On dirtier courts, there might be a need to regularly wipe the sole of the Stepback 2 to maintain good traction.
  • Narrow: Wide-footers should go at least half a size up if they don't their feet to feel like they're being choked.
  • Not breathable: The padding in the upper adds comfort, but it also restricts airflow so the shoe becomes really hot especially during warm weather. 

Verdict

James Harden is always a performer, but his main signature shoes with Adidas seem to be a bit derailed. The Harden Vol 5 has been a disappointment for many. Good thing the Adidas Harden Stepback 2 is here to save the day.

You see, both the Harden Stepback 2 and the Harden Vol 5 use the same outsole tread pattern. However, for some reason, the Stepback 2 worked way way better!  Its grip was far more consistent and the multidirectional coverage is truly there. There really was no problem with traction when we played in this one.

Besides traction, the Stepback 2 also delivered a surprisingly premium feel even if it is practically a takedown model. The materials just feel so soft, breathable, and generally nice. Did Adidas just feel generous and make us feel like royalty without asking for more cash?

Those who are so conscious about foot lockdown won’t be disappointed in this as well. This shoe has an external heel counter that helps greatly in avoiding slippage. Per our experience, the pliable materials also provided a one-to-one fit, making the shoe quite supportive even if it does not really have a true outrigger.

All the good things that this shoe delivers apparently made it sturdy enough for outdoor use, leaving us with absolutely no room for complaints. Its overly colorful appearance might be an issue, but we still have to be painfully nitpicky to be able to say that.

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Adidas basketball shoes with best cushioning

Adidas Pro Model 2G
Adidas Pro Model 2G
£41
£77
Top pick

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 3,104 users
89 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • The Pro Model 2G is an incredible basketball shoe, most owners exclaim. Reviewers have the same comment about James Harden's fourth basketball shoe.
  • According to almost all owners, these basketball sneakers are very comfortable to wear on and off the court.
  • These retro sneakers look fabulous, many buyers comment. They just love its clean and classic look.
  • The Adidas Pro Model 2G’s traction works really well, several reviewers declare.
  • Many users love this retro model’s updated cushioning setup. Like the Adidas D Rose 10, many are saying that the Bounce midsole feels amazing.
  • A few players are satisfied with the shoe’s lockdown and support.

Cons

  • These retro Adidas basketball sneakers take a while to fully break-in, a few reviewers gripe.
  • According to a handful, the shell material causes some discomfort.

Verdict

Basketball players and enthusiasts are fiercely loyal to shoe models that they love, so brands release retros to appease them. The retro model Adidas Pro Model 2G is already a huge fan fave, but it still went above and beyond to offer something new. It has a new cushioning setup, which we think is among the best things that ever happened to it.

The midsole tooling was just so comfortable that we didn’t have qualms wearing it the whole day. Our feet and knees never hurt even if we were jumping and making aggressive heel strikes on the court. If you are for impact protection, then getting this one is not a bad move at all.

In addition to an amazing cushion, this Adidas model also offered great traction. When we were playing in this, the squeaking was just insane! Side movements and even sudden turns didn’t feel wobbly at all. This surely is what you need if you want to stop and go with confidence and precision.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we also love this Adidas shoe’s classic look. It looks good with any uniform; it’s just a bonus that it can  also go so well with any active or casual outfit.

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Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020
Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020
£74
Also great

Corescore

77
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 43 users
86 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good quality materials
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish appeal
  • Dependable support
  • Comfortable on feet
  • Reliable traction

Cons

  • Hard to wear

Verdict

Our game was really taken to the next level indeed by the Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020. This shoe was just so comfortable we can literally play in it for hours on end. But this didn’t mean that the court feel is sacrificed. This shoe’s Lighstrike midsole just offered a clever blend of impact protection and response.

The shoe’s upper materials also contributed to the comfort that it delivers. They were just so soft, light, and breathable that it felt like we were wearing socks. What about support then? Great! Just great! This shoe is proof that being minimal and being supportive are not mutually exclusive.

Additionally, this shoe really had a good bite on the court. Whatever our position was, whatever footwork we were doing, the outsole was just so consistent with its bite on the floor.

If you think that all the good things stop here, you’re wrong. We are quite aggressive when we play, but this bad boy was able to withstand it. No significant wear and tear. Hence, we considered the N3XT L3V3L 2020 as our dependable partner for outdoor games.

Quite frankly, this shoe had no serious issues. It’s good. Need we say more?

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Best Adidas basketball shoes for outdoor

Adidas Harden Stepback 2
Adidas Harden Stepback 2
Top pick

Corescore

85
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,328 users
84 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Consistent bite: The Stepback 2 is basically the Harden Vol 5 done right. Both use the same tread pattern, but the former grips the floor far more consistently.
  • Court feel: The midsole tooling is firm, so players get to feel the floor or ground more.
  • Premium-feel materials: The Stepback 2 is among the cheaper hoop shoes, but it surely does not feel that way as the upper materials are soft and nice.
  • Secure lockdown: The heel is held in place by an external counter, and the shoe's close-to-the-skin fit help contain the foot even without an outrigger.
  • Guaranteed durability: Basketball players report that with reasonable care, the Stepback 2 can last long even when used outdoors.
  • Cool design: Style-conscious wearers will love the streamlined construction and usually vibrant colors of this basketball sneaker.

Cons

  • Too firm midsole: There is not much compression in the midsole, so it fails to provide sufficient impact protection.
  • Dust-prone outsole: On dirtier courts, there might be a need to regularly wipe the sole of the Stepback 2 to maintain good traction.
  • Narrow: Wide-footers should go at least half a size up if they don't their feet to feel like they're being choked.
  • Not breathable: The padding in the upper adds comfort, but it also restricts airflow so the shoe becomes really hot especially during warm weather. 

Verdict

The Adidas Harden Stepback 2 is a takedown model, but it surely did not feel like it. This shoe had an unusual premium feel. We couldn’t help but ask ourselves: Has Adidas gone mad and started offering topnotch chops without asking for more cash? Not that we’re complaining, it just felt too good to be true.

Aside from that, the Harden Stepback 2 felt like a much better version of the Adidas Harden Vol. 5 performance-wise. Both have the same tread pattern, but the Stepback 2 just had a better bite and much wider coverage. They did say it’s multidirectional, and they really meant it this time.

Support is another aspect that this Harden shoe excelled in. It has an external heel counter, and it really did its job for us. Though this does not have a prominent outrigger, the snug fit of the form-hugging materials were more than enough to keep the foot securely locked down. Nope, there was basically nothing more to ask for.

It’s amazing just how many good things that the Three Stripes equipped the Harden Stepback 2 with. Taken together, they actually made this budget shoe a formidable performer even on harsh outdoor courts.

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Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020
Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020
£74
Also great

Corescore

77
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 43 users
86 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good quality materials
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish appeal
  • Dependable support
  • Comfortable on feet
  • Reliable traction

Cons

  • Hard to wear

Verdict

Outdoor games are rough. Hence, we need basketball shoes that are not only comfortable but also durable enough to withstand the abrasion that the natural elements bring. We were not disappointed by the Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020, and so will you.

This shoe is just made of the sturdiest materials. The upper was able to withstand all the aggression and pressures that we put it through. The outsole is also made of a type of rubber that resisted even the wear and tear brought about by regular outdoor use.

With that said, this basketball shoe from the Three Stripes is the perfect companion as we go through the menace of the pandemic. Many of us were forced to play outdoors,   so we needed a partner that would make us feel comfortable and protected at the same time.

Aside from that, the N3XT L3V3L 2020 has a look that really turns heads. We could definitely wear this as we stroll around parks and malls. We were also able to go to work on them. This shoe is athletic enough to perform well, and presentable enough to be used off the court.

Yes, this shoe is amazing. Even if it costs us a little bit more than some, we are still willing to bet on it.

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Best value Adidas basketball shoes

Adidas Pro Model 2G
Adidas Pro Model 2G
£41
£77
Top pick

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 3,104 users
89 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • The Pro Model 2G is an incredible basketball shoe, most owners exclaim. Reviewers have the same comment about James Harden's fourth basketball shoe.
  • According to almost all owners, these basketball sneakers are very comfortable to wear on and off the court.
  • These retro sneakers look fabulous, many buyers comment. They just love its clean and classic look.
  • The Adidas Pro Model 2G’s traction works really well, several reviewers declare.
  • Many users love this retro model’s updated cushioning setup. Like the Adidas D Rose 10, many are saying that the Bounce midsole feels amazing.
  • A few players are satisfied with the shoe’s lockdown and support.

Cons

  • These retro Adidas basketball sneakers take a while to fully break-in, a few reviewers gripe.
  • According to a handful, the shell material causes some discomfort.

Verdict

While it’s signature releases that dominate the Adidas charts, the brand is still not deaf to the clamor for cheaper options. The Pro Model 2G is one of those that are created for the budget-conscious, and this one surely did not disappoint. 

While it is devoid of all the flashy techs that make up the more expensive options, this shoe was still able to deliver what a basketball player needs. The cushioning setup was just so comfortable that we didn’t have problems even if we wore it the whole day. If impact protection is what you want, then this one is it!

Besides an amazing cushion, this Adidas model also delivered a super reliable grip. The squeaking was just so proud and loud! Sudden turns and side-to-side movements didn’t feel wobbly at all. This surely is what you need if you want to stop and go with confidence and precision.

Its classic look may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we just love it. It’s nostalgic and a bit fashion-forward all at the same time. It’ll look good with any basketball uniform; it’s already a bonus that it also goes so well with any casual outfit.

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Adidas Harden Stepback 2
Adidas Harden Stepback 2
Also great

Corescore

85
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,328 users
84 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Consistent bite: The Stepback 2 is basically the Harden Vol 5 done right. Both use the same tread pattern, but the former grips the floor far more consistently.
  • Court feel: The midsole tooling is firm, so players get to feel the floor or ground more.
  • Premium-feel materials: The Stepback 2 is among the cheaper hoop shoes, but it surely does not feel that way as the upper materials are soft and nice.
  • Secure lockdown: The heel is held in place by an external counter, and the shoe's close-to-the-skin fit help contain the foot even without an outrigger.
  • Guaranteed durability: Basketball players report that with reasonable care, the Stepback 2 can last long even when used outdoors.
  • Cool design: Style-conscious wearers will love the streamlined construction and usually vibrant colors of this basketball sneaker.

Cons

  • Too firm midsole: There is not much compression in the midsole, so it fails to provide sufficient impact protection.
  • Dust-prone outsole: On dirtier courts, there might be a need to regularly wipe the sole of the Stepback 2 to maintain good traction.
  • Narrow: Wide-footers should go at least half a size up if they don't their feet to feel like they're being choked.
  • Not breathable: The padding in the upper adds comfort, but it also restricts airflow so the shoe becomes really hot especially during warm weather. 

Verdict

It is never right to regard takedown models as inferior to the flashier and more expensive signature shoes and flagship shoes. The Nike Harden Stepback 2, for example, was simply a lot better than the Harden Vol. 5. In fact, this is this shoe’s third appearance in this article. That’s just how good it is; it transcends categories!

Now, both the Stepback 2 and Vol 5 have rubber outsoles. Even their tread patterns are the same. Yet, grip was a lot more consistent on the Stepback 2. What caused this, we can never be sure; but if it is because the rubber compound used is cheaper, then we think it would be best for Adidas to just stick to that cheaper option moving forward.

While undoubtedly cheaper, the materials used on the Stepback 2 still felt good. It was soft, breathable, and quite supportive. We felt like we got extra pampering without shelling out extra cash. Frankly speaking, this should be enough to convince you that this one is a good deal.

However, this Harden shoe is not done yet. Support is important, and this shoe surely did make quite an impression in this aspect. Its heel counter and close-fitting materials made sure of a consistently dependable lockdown. 

On top of all that, this shoe is also great for outdoor use. Truth be told, even if this costs more money, we’d be glad to bet on this. Take our money, Adidas!

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Adidas signature basketball shoes

Let’s face it: no matter how versatile a basketball shoe is claimed to be, it’s never bound to please everybody. There will always be cushioning that is too hard or a material too flimsy; it all depends on the wearer’s physique and style of play.

adidas-dame-7-profile-picture.jpg

Example: Adidas Dame 7 from the Damian Lilliard collection

Good thing that Adidas has four signature athletes that buyers can easily compare their profiles and playstyles against. Simply put, if a buyer’s descriptions match that of say, James Harden, then Harden shoes are probably the ones for him.

 

James Harden

Donovan Mitchell

Damian Lillard

Derrick Rose

Profile

6’5”

220 lbs

Shooting/Point Guard

6’3”

215 lbs

Shooting Guard

6’3”

195 lbs

Point Guard

6’3”

190 lbs

Point Guard

Playstyle

focuses on quick footwork to trick defenders and create space

similar to Dame’s and Wade’s shiftiness and drives.

reliant on quick direction and speed changes and quick runs to the basket

does a lot of jumps and on-court acrobatics

All four of Adidas’s signature athletes are guards. Hence, their shoes are expected to pay particular focus on court feel and responsiveness to accommodate guards’ quick direction changes and sprints to the basket.

However, signature shoes for James Harden and Derrick Rose might be a bit friendlier to big men. Harden is himself a really big man, so it’s necessary to add a bit of cushion in the fray. Though Rose is relatively small, his acrobatics-infused jumpshots  necessitate additional cushioning for more pronounced impact protection.

Adidas non-signature shoes: What are they good for?

Like Nike and Jordan, Adidas also resurrects old hoop shoes. One of the most notable is the Adidas Pro Model 2G. It is a reprise of a 2000s favorite, and its wearers include the then high school sensation LeBron James.

Aside from performance retros and sought-after basketball shoes for James Harden, Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard, and Donovan Mitchell, Adidas also has newly minted non-signature offers in its roster. They are often cheaper, so they are more appealing to a lot of buyers. Presented below are the two most noteworthy.

Adidas Marquee Boost

The first Marquee Boost debuted in late 2018. It immediately became one of the most talked about mid-top basketball shoes because of its use of one of Adidas’s most prized technologies: Boost. 

Marquee Boost and its low-top version focus on balancing court feel and impact protection. The forefoot is made a little firmer to provide much needed response and court feel.  The good old plushness of Boost is retained in the rear area to provide ample cushioning for heel strikes.

Adidas N3xt L3v3l

The N3XT L3V3L series is quite unique because of their laceless construction. Shoes from this line aim to be the most supportive without adding so much weight and bulk. The collection’s 2021 release features a data-driven Futurenatural construction to further ensure a secure and streamlined foot lockdown.

What sets the best Adidas basketball shoes apart

Adidas always gives Nike and other brands a run for their money because the Three Stripes take competition very seriously. Their product development labs are always busy producing shoe technologies that give Adidas hoop shoes their unique mark.

Cushioning technologies

Technology

Description

Adiprene

Composed of specially developed EVA, Adiprene absorbs shock and provides sufficient energy return.

Adiprene+

An enhanced version of Adiprene, Adiprene+ provides more energy rebound without sacrificing comfort.

Boost

Boost is made of thousands of expanded TPU particles. It provides energy return, comfort, durability, flexibility, and utility in a wide range of weather conditions.

Bounce

Bounce is firmer than Boost. It is infused with anti-collision protectors to maintain its integrity. 

Cloudfoam

Cloudfoam is made of an EVA compound, making it plush and lightweight. It relieves pressure just like memory foam.

Lightstrike

Made of “super light” materials, Lighstrike aims to provide the perfect balance of impact protection and responsiveness.

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Upper technologies

Futurenatural

Futurenatural is an innovative data-driven process that involves the production of a seamless one-piece upper for the best fit. This is first used on the Harden Vol. 5

Primeknit

A Primeknit upper is purposefully knitted as a single piece to minimize stitching and gluing. It’s breathable and soft. 

Sprintframe

Sprintframe is a light, supportive, and durable midfoot chassis. It is inspired by bridges’ ability to stably support massive weight.

Sprintskin

Made of durable synthetic, Sprintskin is designed to provide reinforcement and support for intense lateral movements.

SprintWeb

Sprintweb is a light, sturdy, and supportive structure used in the uppers of many Adidas performance models.

 

What are the cheapest Adidas basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Adidas Pro Model 2G Low - from £45
  2. Adidas Pro Bounce 2019 Low - from £50
  3. Adidas Pro Boost Low - from £55
  4. Adidas Pro Boost Mid - from £67
  5. Adidas Dame 8 - from £70
  6. Adidas N3XT L3V3L 2020 - from £74
  7. Adidas Trae Young 1 - from £80
  8. Adidas Harden Stepback 2 - from £80
  9. Adidas D Rose Son Of Chi - from £85
  10. Adidas Exhibit A - from £89
  11. Adidas Adizero Rose 1 Retro - from £96
  12. Adidas Harden Vol. 6 - from £97
  13. Adidas D.O.N. Issue #3 - from £98
  14. Adidas Yeezy BSKTBL Knit - from £142
  15. Adidas D Rose 11 - from £272

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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.