Nick Young Named NBA Sneaker MVP [Photo]
I guess “Swagg” does pay off! Congrats To the L.A Lakers’ Nick Young on his “Sneaker MVP” award, courtesy of Complex.
What does it take to be the MVP of the NBA? Great stats, making your teammates better, and clutch performances are just a few things that come to mind. Being named MVP of the league, or any league for that matter, is a serious honor that many aspire to achieve (what up, Kevin Durant).
But, in an era where an NBA player’s choice of kicks can outshine their actual performance, it is easy to see who had the best sneakers all season: L.A. Laker Nick Young. You may know him as Swaggy P, or dude who is doing “things that shouldn’t be legal” with Iggy Azalea, but he flourished in all statistical categories with his sneaker game this year.
One of Young’s biggest sneaker highlights of the NBA season was debuting the Nike Kobe 9 Elite on the court. Of course, it helped that Kobe Bryant was shut down for the season with an injury, and Young happened to wear the same shoe size. But a win is a win.
If a true sign of a great player is ability to make his teammates better, then Young’s sneaker game succeeded at that also. As usual, he stunted on the sneaker community when he announced that he would wear the Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite One. This prompted teammate and fellow sneaker connoisseur Kendall Marshall to show off his own Nike Foamposite collection. Following the back and forth sneaker battle, Marshall ramped up his sneaker game when he debuted the “Nightshade” Air Jordan XI Low.
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