NBA’s 2014 All-Star Game is scheduled to take place in New Orleans on Feburary 16th, and we’ve teamed up with UK-based graphic designer Commonlight for a huge feature documenting the East-West Starting 5 sneakers and Slam Dunk Contest Winners through his original illustrations. Sure, this year’s dope lineup of ASG Sneakers deserve their shine, but let’s not forget where it all started. The exclusive Modern Notoriety x Commonlight visual documentary begins at 1994 and ends at 2014, documenting the past 20 years in NBA All-Star Game sneaker history.
Everyday from now until NBA All-Star Weekend kicks off, we’ll be posting daily illustrations showcasing some of the most iconic sneakers worn by even more legendary players. Each day you’ll view highlights of that particular year with images featuring an original illustration of the shoe, the brand and model of the shoe, along with the starting player who wore that special piece. You can call this class Fundamentals of ASG Sneaker Game 101.
If there was ever a perfect All-Star Game played, it would definitely have to be the one from 1998. This year was filled with highlights, including a 135-114 win by the East and Michael Jordan as MVP, scoring a fitting 23 point/6 rebounds/8 assists. It was also the only year where MJ and Kobe played together in an ASG (while MJ was a Bull), where Kobe became the youngest All-Star at 19 years old. Did I also mention that the game took place at Madison Square Garden? Check out Commonlight’s illustrations below and tag your IG/Twitter photos with #MNAllStars if you own any of the pairs featured for a chance to win a limited edition print featuring these sneakers.
To view All-Star Sneaker Highlights from previous years, click here.