The best players have some of the league's best kicks
There's a lot of fire on the court these days in terms of sneakers worn by the game's biggest stars.
While plenty of guys will break out retros or a unique pair for a special occasion, we decided to focus on the current styles that we see regularly from the best players in the game, ranking them in order from worst to first.
Dwyane Wade - Li-Ning Way of Wade 5
Wade has had his own signature sneaker line with Li-Ning since 2012, and the style has steadily improved with each passing release.
Stephen Curry - Under Armour Curry 3
Curry may be one of the most exciting players around, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who would describe his signature line of sneakers in a similar way.
The Curry 3 is better than the last two models, however, so there's hope yet that one day the sneakers will match the fire with which Curry plays the game.
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Anthony Davis - Nike Air Max Audacity 2016
Big men require a different level of support than the rest of us, and this is reflected in the shoes Davis has been wearing to begin the 2016-17 season.
Klay Thompson - Anta KT 2
Thompson joined Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo on the Anta roster recently, and the design of his signature line is evolving nicely.
Paul George - Nike Hyperdunk 2016 Low
George is a Nike endorser who doesn't quite have his own signature sneaker, but he does have a personal logo on the tongue of some of the company's performance basketball models.
Paul's line from Jordan Brand has consistently been one of the better-performing models, especially for the price. The design on these isn't as catchy as in some of the previous models, but they look a bit more dazzling in some different colorways.
Carmelo Anthony - Jordan Melo M12
Melo's models haven't really caught on with the masses, but they're always excellent on the performance side, and usually one or two colorways end up ultimately catching your eye.
Derrick Rose - adidas D Rose 7
Rose may not have the same star power as he did when he won the MVP award in 2011, but he remains one of a handful of players in the league with his own signature line of sneakers.
James Harden - adidas Harden Vol. 1
Harden is putting up MVP numbers this season, and is doing so in his first signature model from adidas. These feature the full-length Boost cushioning that has been so popular in the brand's running and lifestyle models and are a solid look for one of the game's most unstoppable players.
Andrew Wiggins - adidas Crazy Explosive
Wiggins doesn't have his own signature line from adidas, but he does have his own player exclusive colorways of the Crazy Explosive model that the company debuted this season.
Damian Lillard - adidas D Lillard 2
Lillard's second signature sneaker from adidas has some nice design elements, and it would be difficult not to find one you like with so many different colorways having been released.
Kawhi Leonard - Jordan XXXI
Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Russell Westbrook are Jordan Brand athletes who rep the company's flagship model, and the Spurs' black, white and silver color scheme makes Leonard's player exclusives some of the cleanest around.
DeMar DeRozan - Nike Kobe 11
DeRozan is leading the league in scoring with an average of 34 points per game and has been doing it thanks to incredible shooting from midrange that would make Kobe Bryant proud.
DeRozan has worn Bryant's signature models for as long as we can remember, and this NIKEiD pair he broke out for last year's All-Star Game was one of the best of the bunch.
Kyrie Irving - Nike Kyrie 2
Irving's second signature sneaker from Nike looks great in a variety of colorways, and there have been many to choose from.
Durant's ninth signature sneaker is far and away the best-performing of the bunch, and the unique flyknit pattern really makes these pop, especially in certain colorways.
LeBron James - Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10
James has a high-performance signature line from Nike that's 13 models deep, but he's been rocking his secondary sneakers since last year's championship run through the postseason.
Russell Westbrook - Jordan "30.5"
Westbrook is featured in ad campaigns for the Jordan 31, and he has worn them on the court this season.
But he seems to prefer these player exclusives, which the sneaker community has dubbed the Jordan "30.5" These have the upper of the 31 combined with the sole of the 30 and are unlikely to see a retail release any time soon.