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.
With the 1999 ASG cancelled due to a lockout, the game’s return in 2000 was a highly anticipated one. Taking place in Oakland, California, the West brought home the win with a 137-126 win over the East and were led by MVPs Shaq and Tim Duncan. The starting five from each coach feature a couple of veteran players still killing it today–take a look at what shoes they were wearing back then. 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.