words_Nick DePaula

The NBA preseason has finally gotten underway, and thankfully with the beginning of the new year we also have a glimpse at several new marquee sneakers.

With quite a few prominent players switching teams during this oh-so-crazy summer, and even more looking to be trade, it was LeBron James and Chris Bosh certainly leading the headlines in Miami. Below, take a look at several new models and colorways being worn by pros all throughout the league. Do you have a favorite sneaker sighting so far this preseason?

    The big story of the preseason has of course been the dominant and all-around play of LeBron James, who’s been wearing the Zoom Soldier IV during the first week of action. During the team’s first preseason game, James was guarded by former star Tracy McGrady, wearing the adidas TS Commander LT. Also, shout out to the ball boy in the Black/Red Jordan 11 Retro.

    In San Antonio, LeBron once again wore the Zoom Soldier IV, this time in an all-black road colorway.

    Versus KD and the OKC Thunder, James broke out a new Black/ Red player exclusive version of the Zoom Soldier IV, while Durant debuted a new exclusive colorway of the Zoom Hyperfuse.

    Also new to the Heat is the randomly tattooed Mike Miller, wearing the LeBron VII Low with an added pair of red laces to marginally spruce things up.

    The “Big 3” only saw action together for a whole three minutes, as Dwyane Wade went down with a hamstring injury just a few plays into the game. It’s safe to say his Air Jordan 2010s didn’t take too harsh a beating.

    The other marquee free agent signing by the Heat this summer was of course big man Chris Bosh, seen wearing the Max Hyperdunk 2010, while being defended by DeJuan Blair, in the Nike Hyperfuse.

    In a picture fully representing the glories of the NBA preseason and several unknown players fighting for a roster spot, Spurs hopeful Curtis Jerells can be seen in the Air Max LeBron VII, while Heat sharpshooter James Jones sports the Zoom Soldier IV.

    We’re not sure how much Cavs owner Dan Gilbert fined Daniel Gibson, but we’ll go ahead and assume that this Soldier IV sighting will be a rarity this year in Cleveland.

    With all of Trevor Ariza’s player exclusive Hyperdunk 2010s styled up in Rockets colors, the newest member of the Hornets opts for a Black/ White team colorway instead. Meanwhile, Rudy Gay shuts it down with one of the nicest pairs of the Hyperfuse we’ve seen yet.

    John Wall sports the Reebok Zig Slash in his Wizards debut, while Gilbert Arenas takes things back a few years and breaks out the Jordan Retro 11 IE.

    Here’s a closer look at Gilbert’s low-top Jordans, presumably purchased while he was still under contract with adidas.

    In Philadelphia, rookie guard Evan Turner has been wearing the Li-Ning Conquer so far during preseason games.

    Clippers rookie Al-Farouq Aminu wears the Hyperdunk 2010 while getting used to the speed and strength of the NBA, and Blazers offseason signinig Wesley Matthews breaks out the Alpha Jordan 1 in his first game at the Rose Garden.

    As the Lakers tour throughout Europe, Kobe Bryant has been seen wearing the “Ink” colorway of the Zoom Kobe V.