25 Awesome On-Court Air Jordan Low Top Sneaker Moments

On the cusp of the "Laney" AJ14 Retro Low returning this weekend, we look back at 25 awesome on-court moments for players laced up in all varieties of Air Jordan low tops. While all Jordan enthusiasts may not be a fan of AJ Lows, if you do have a favorite pair, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below!

Mike Bibby

Wearing: Air Jordan 12 Low “Kings” PEs

PJ Tucker

Wearing: Air Jordan 8 Low “Playoffs”

Ron Artest

Wearing: Air Jordan 6 Low White/University Blue

Nick Young

Wearing: Air Jordan 13 Low White/Metallic Silver

Michael Jordan

Wearing: Air Jordan 17 Low “Lightning”

Mike Bibby

Wearing: Air Jordan II Low “Kings” and “Hawks” PEs

Kawhi Leonard

Wearing: Air Jordan 13 Low “Spurs” PE

Jordan Crawford

Wearing: Air Jordan 11 Low White/Varsity Red-Black

Nick Young

Wearing: Air Jordan 13 Low “Chutney”

Gilbert Arenas

Wearing: Air Jordan 12 Low Low “Taxi”

Mike Bibby

Wearing: Air Jordan 13 Low “Kings” PE

Derek Anderson

Wearing: Air Jordan 11 Low “Concord” PE

Joe Johnson

Wearing: Air Jordan 11 Low White/Black-True Red

Michael Jordan

Wearing: Air Jordan II Low White/Varsity Red-Black

Gilbert Arenas

Wearing: Air Jordan 11 Low IE ‘Argon Blue’

Nick Young

Wearing: Air Jordan 13 Low White/Black-Varsity Maize

Mike Bibby

Wearing: Air Jordan 9 Low “Kings” PEs

Kawhi Leonard

Wearing: Air Jordan 12 Low ‘Patent Leather’ Black PE

Gilbert Arenas

Wearing: Air Jordan 6 Low White/University Blue

Michael Jordan

Wearing: Air Jordan 11 Low IE Black/Varsity Red

Mike Bibby

Wearing: Air Jordan 13 Low “Kings” PE

Derek Anderson

Wearing: Air Jordan 9 Low “Blazers” PE

Kobe Bryant

Wearing: Air Jordan 6 Low “Chrome”

Mike Bibby

Wearing: Air Jordan 12 Low “Kings” PE

Michael Jordan

Wearing: Air Jordan 11 Low “Playoffs” PE

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Off & On Court: 20 Awesome Photos of People In The Penny 1s

Michael Jordan

Colorway: Black/Wolf Grey-White

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: “Orlando” – Black/Varsity Royal-White

Chris Douglas-Roberts

Colorway: White/Varsity Red

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: Black/Game Royal-Metallic Silver-White

Kawhi Leonard

Colorway: Black/Wolf Grey-White

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: Black/Game Royal-Metallic Silver-White

Gilbert Arenas

Colorway: “Orlando” – Black/Varsity Royal-White

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: Black/Game Royal-Metallic Silver-White

Shabazz Napier

Colorway: “Orlando” – Black/Varsity Royal-White

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: “Orlando” – Black/Varsity Royal-White

Earl Clark

Colorway: Black/Game Royal-Metallic Silver-White

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: “Orlando” – Black/Varsity Royal-White

Young Roddy

Colorway: “Orlando” – Black/Varsity Royal-White

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: White/Varsity Royal

Marcus Thornton

Colorway: Black/Club Purple

Wale

Colorway: “Knicks” – Black/White-Royal-Orange

Will Smith

Colorway: “Orlando” – Black/Varsity Royal-White

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: White/Varsity Royal

Kawhi Leonard

Colorway: Black/Wolf Grey-White

Anfernee Hardaway

Colorway: “Orlando” – Black/Varsity Royal-White

Marcus Thornton

Colorway: Black/Club Purple

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The 25 Best Dunking Photos Featuring Air Jordans

Marcus Thornton

Year: 2014
Sneaker: Jordan XX8 SE

In just this past year’s Western Conference Finals, budding star Kawhi Leonard threw down a thunderous dunk, with the left hand no less, against Serge Ibaka while wearing Jordan XX8 SEs. Just peep the awesome pic which captures the posterization from above.

Michael Jordan

Year: 1991
Sneaker: Air Jordan VI Black/Infrared

Oooh, Jordan go SMASH! And while rocking some of our all time favorite Js? Ouch. Recently, MJ called this throw down on longtime rival Patrick Ewing, his most memorable dunk. And you can bet Ewing remembers it too, because Jordan won’t let him! Saying he reminds him of it every time they see each other! That’s cold-blooded.

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Chris Paul

Year: 2006
Sneaker: Air Jordan V “Hornets” PE

You don’t see CP3 throw down very often. So when you do, it’s usually pretty memorable. But we love this dunk for many reasons. First, peep the kicks. Paul’s rocking some of the best PEs of all time, the Air Jordan V “Hornets” PE. Secondly, look at WHO he’s dunking on. That’s a point guard dunking on Dwight “3-time Defensive Player of the Year” Howard. Now that’s memorable.

Kobe Bryant

Year: 2003
Sneaker: Air Jordan III “True Blue”

Catching the Black Mamba in a moment of vicious assault-by-dunking isn’t too uncommon. But, what is rare is catching such a perfect photo while he’s throwing down in some Air Jordans! Here he is in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game showing kids how it’s done in the Air Jordan III “True Blue.” A true classic.

Michael Jordan

Year: 1997
Sneaker: Air Jordan XII “Playoffs”

Another instance that shows MJ’s formidable cold-bloodedness was the time he braved the high altitudes, and summmit’d Mt. Mutumbo. Funny back story here; there is actually video floating around the interwebs, of MJ and Dikembe talking trash to each other in pre-game. Mutumbo tells Jordan he could never dunk on him, and Jordan takes that challenge. Which is why MJ gave him that nasty facial with a taste of the finger wag.

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Dwyane Wade

Year: 2011
Sneaker: Air Jordan 2011

This gem is from one of the battles between the Heat and Thunder in 2011. And though the focus in the shot isn’t on the dope Air Jordan 2011’s DWade is wearing, it gets extra credit for the viciousness of the dunk. Just look at the expression on K-Perk’s face..he knows he’s going to be hearing about this one later.

J.R. Smith

Year: 2010
Sneaker: Air Jordan XI ‘Cool Grey’

J.R. Smith is one of those love em’ or hate em’ kind of players. But, we love his energy AND his footwear. Just peep this dunk from 2010, where he sported the always-excellent ‘Cool Grey’ Air Jordan XIs.

Ray Allen

Year: 2001
Sneaker: Air Jordan XVI

We love this one. Not only is RayRay one of our favorite players, but you almost never see him dunk…at least lately in his career. So when you do, you know it’s going to be nasty. Just take a look at this one, from back in 2001, when he smashed on none other than Tracy McGrady, while rocking some dope XVIs. A little extra credit for hanging on the rim there too!

Michael Jordan

Year: 1985
Sneaker: Air Jordan I Black/Red

One of our all-time favorite MJ dunks comes from the NBA Dunk Contest in 1985. Not only is His Airness rocking the awesome black/red 1s, but check the tube socks and the double gold chain! And even though MJ ended up losing to Dominique in this one, MJ definitely took home the win on style points.

Gerald Wallace

Year: 2009
Sneaker: Air Jordan XIII PE

Anyone who’s been watching Gerald Wallace’s career long enough knows two things: 1) He rocks dope Js, like these fantastic Charlotte Bobcats PE XIIIs from 2009, and 2) The boy can GET UP! Here is Crash showing Lamar Odom how high he can jump.

Russell Westbrook

Year: 2013
Sneaker: Air Jordan III PE

We all know Russell Westbrook as the lightning-quick Thunder Point Guard, and flagship Jordan Brand NBA player. So, we’re used to seeing him in the latest-and-greatest from JB. However, don’t forget, Westbrook got them PEs too! Just check out these ridiculous “Thunder” Air Jordan III PEs. Antawn Jamison certainly got a look at ’em while Russ smashed on him. Nasty!

Dwyane Wade

Year: 2009
Sneaker: Air Jordan 2010

Truthfully, we’re not huge fans of the overall aesthetic of the Air Jordan 2010. However, the PE version D-Wade laced up during the 2010 NBA All-Star game was dope. He also had a few pretty impressive dunks in that one.

Kobe Bryant

Year: 2003
Sneaker: Air Jordan III PE

Now, as you may know, in 2003, Kobe was between sneaker deals, and he spent much of his games rocking what have become some of the most highly-coveted Air Jordan PEs ever. Just look at these gorgeous Air Jordan IIIs he sported while SMASHING on the 7″7′ Yao Ming. Damn.

J.R. Smith

Year: 2012
Sneaker: Air Jordan XII ‘Cool Grey’

Like most of us, J.R. Smith really likes the ‘Cool Grey’ colorway, because whenever he’s had a pair on, he’s throwing down on somebody. Here he is in 2012, sporting ‘Cool Grey’ XIIs and wowing everyone in the building with the ridiculous reverse alley-oop. Yes. REVERSE ALLEY-OOP. This one was dirty!

Michael Jordan

Year: 1987
Sneaker: Air Jordan II

Another image that hits us right in the nostalgia bone is this beauty, from the 1987 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. MJ set the bar high in his first Dunk Contest victory with this killer cradle dunk, while rocking the gorgeous Air Jordan II. This one just conjures up memories of posters from our 3rd grade bedroom.

Carmelo Anthony

Year: 2004
Sneaker: Air Jordan XIX

The Air Jordan XIX is another one of those love-it or leave-it silhouettes, and for a long time, we were on the fence. It’s certainly not a look that everyone can pull off. But we think Carmelo does so quite nicely as he crams this one home with style, in 2004.

Eddie Jones

Year: 1997
Sneaker: Air Jordan XI Black/Red

Eddie Jones was such an awesome player. Mostly known for his Lakers days, and popularizing the Team Jordan line, EJ also rocked some Air Jordan funk too. Like here, in 1997, when he was rocking the black/red Air Jordan XI. This one brings us back.

Kawhi Leonard

Year: 2014
Sneaker: Jordan XX8 SE

In just this past year’s Western Conference Finals, budding star Kawhi Leonard threw down a thunderous dunk, with the left hand no less, against Serge Ibaka while wearing Jordan XX8 SEs. Just peep the awesome pic which captures the posterization from above.

Russell Westbrook

Year: 2013
Sneaker: Air Jordan X PE

As we’ve said previously, we love the Air Jordan X, and feel like it doesn’t get enough love in the grand scheme of things. Which is why we loved to see Russell Westbrook break out these dope PEs not once, but twice in the 2013 season. While these black OKC PEs are fantastic, he also broke out a clean white pair as well.

Chris Paul

Year: 2008
Sneaker: Air Jordan XX3 PE

Here’s CP3, yet again, killin’ the game with some amazing Air Jordan XX3 PEs. We love the Air Jordan XX3, and hope they start retro’ing them soon. Starting with this fantastic PE from around 2008.

Carmelo Anthony

Year: 2005
Sneaker: Air Jordan XX PE

While you may always think of Melo rocking his own Jordan Brand signatures, don’t forget; he also sported a bunch of really awesome PEs. Particularly in his early days as a Denver Nugget. We’re really feeling these fantastic “Nuggets” Air Jordan XXs. These are dope.

Michael Jordan

Year: 1996
Sneaker: Air Jordan XI “Columbia”

For those old enough, who could forget the 1996 NBA All-Star Game? Widely considered the “best” All-Star Game ever, and not just because of the laundry list of future hall-of-famers involved, but also because of the style. Oohhh the style! Just look at MJ killing ’em in the previously-unseen “Columbia” Air Jordan XI. Stunting on ’em!

Penny Hardaway

Year: 1993
Sneaker: Air Jordan IX PE

In his early days with the Magic, before he established his own fantastic Nike signatures, Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway had that Jordan HEAT! Here he is circa 1993 sporting some excellent “Orlando Magic” Air Jordan IX PEs. Beautiful. You know, with Penny on Nike’s retro payroll, we’d be surprised if we didn’t see these beauties retro at some point in the future.

Michael Jordan

Year: 1992
Sneaker: Air Jordan VII “Olympic”

MJ has an absurd amount of Olympic highlights. But we’re particularly fond of these nasty dunks he busted out in the 1992 Olympics, in Barcelona. Rocking the Air Jordan VII “Olympic,” MJ made mince meat out of the competition, along with the rest of the ridiculous Dream Team. Even the opposition can’t help but look on in awe.

Charles Barkley

Year: 1999
Sneaker: Air Jordan XIV “Candy Cane”

We love this photo from 1999. And not just because Charles Barkley is one of our favorite NBA players ever. Knowing his heated rivalry with MJ, and knowing his excellent sneaker line(s), this one is special. Seeing Chuck throw it down with authority like this, while wearing Air Jordan XIVs makes us think he lost a bet or something!

Michael Jordan

Year: 1988
Sneaker: Air Jordan III White/Cement

If you’re of a certain age range, this image/poster conjures up the fondest memories of the NBA’s golden era. From the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Jordan set the world ablaze with his iconic dunk from the free throw line. And, while people had dunked from that far back before, nobody (NOBODY) ever did it with as much style and authority as Air Jordan. Especially while rocking those White/Cement IIIs. Quite simply, the most classic of classic dunking photos featuring Air Jordans.

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College Players Who Had The Best Jordans

Michael Jordan

College: San Diego State

Watching him emerge as an NBA superstar, it’s obvious that Kawhi Leonard has got shoe game. But that isn’t just a result of his big league contracts. Back in his days at SDSU the boy got his shine, rocking tons of clean Jays. Keep an eye on Leonard.

Ryan Boatright

College: UConn

While many expected Boatright to go pro, he’s recently stated his intentions to return to Storrs and try to bring UConn back to the promise land again. This year, like Shabazz, he often rocked some sweet Kobe PEs. But throughout his years at UConn, Boatright has also sported some pretty nice J’s. Should be fun to watch again this year.

Cleanthony Early

College: Wichita State

Okay, so playing at Wichita State may have had people sleepin’ on him, but Cleanthony Early is an awesome basketball player. And his kick game ain’t bad either. Just check out a little sampling of his Jordan heat.

Kenyon Martin

College: Cincinnati

Sure, he may have the unfortunate nickname of “K-Mart,” but his kicks certainly weren’t from the department store racks. Back in his days at the University of Cincinnati, Martin tore up the court in various Jordans.

Xavier Thames

College: San Diego State

Sure, SDSU Aztecs guard Xavier Thames may not be a household name yet, but the kid can ball. If he gets a shot at the next level, keep an eye on his kicks, cause he’s rocked some bangers at State the past few years.

Caron Butler

College: UConn

You might call Caron Butler a bit of a journeyman in the NBA. But back in the early 2000s, when he balled at UConn, the man was nice…and he looked nice while leading the Huskies in scoring and rebounding, sporting dope J’s early and often.

Dwayne Polee II

College: San Diego State

Another SDSU Aztec that we’ll be seeing more heat from in the coming year, is Dwayne Polee II. Playoff XIs, “True Blue” IIIs, “Pure Money” IVs…the kid has game.

James Young

College: Kentucky

Late in UK’s past season, freshman phemon James Young tended to lace up the amazing Kobe IXs. But prior to the Kobe’s dropping, Young rocked some dope J’s. And, after playing in the Jordan Brand Classic, McDonalds All-American game, declaring his intentions to go pro, and signing with Hova’s Roc-Nation Sports, all in about a year and a half, you can bet we’ll see a lot more of Young’s sneaker game in the future.

Julius Peppers

College: North Carolina

Yeah, he may be one of the most feared defenders in the NFL, but don’t forget that Julius Peppers is simply a freak athlete. A two-sport stud at UNC, in 2000, he helped their BASKETBALL team make it to the Final Four. Crazy. And oh yeah, he rocked some pretty dope Jordans while doing it too.

Travis McKie

College: Wake Forest

Okay, so Wake Forest senior forward Travis Mckie may not be the most recognizable name on this list, but his on-court footwear resume is on par with the best of ’em. Wake’s clean color schemes also play nicely with his Jordan game. Nice choices Travis.

Winston Shepard

College: San Diego State

San Diego State sophmore Winston Shepard may not be ready for the big leagues yet, but his sneaker game is world class. Just check out the heat he rocked the last two seasons at SDSU.

Marcus Jordan

College: UCF

Okay, this one is a no-brainer. Sure, his pops is MJ himself, but Marcus Jordan’s sneaker game is ridiculous. Not only has he rocked many folk’s grails on-court (those Premios!), he actually wore so much Jordan Brand heat while refusing to wear anything but JB, he caused adidas to pull the plug on their $3M sponsorship deal with UCF! Depending on your preference, that may have actually been a blessing. Because one year later, UCF was announced as an official Nike school. We see you Marcus.

Kemba Walker

College: UConn

He may be an Under Armour guy now, but back in his three years at UConn, Walker laced up some fresh Jays. He seemed to favor the XII, rocking multiple colorways. But he did break out the classic Cool Grey XIs from time-to-time as well.

Austin Rivers

College: Duke

A lottery pick in 2012, Austin Rivers may not have always rocked J’s when he played at Duke, but when he did, they were super clean. Check him out here in the Air Jordan XIII “Flint” and “Cool Grey” XI.

Jamaal Franklin

College: San Diego State

Another in the long line of SDSU athletes that rocked crazy heat on-court, Jamaal Franklin was a beast in his college days. Not only did he carry SDSU after the departure of star Kawhi Leonard, he seemed to inherit Leonard’s shoe closet too.

Sean May

College: North Carolina

Playing for the Tar Heels, you already know Sean May was in line to get his hands on any number of dope Jordans. While a lot of UNC players wear signature J’s from all across the line, May laced up his fair share of Jordans during his career in Chapel Hill and those 12s are oh so clean.

Nick Johnson

College: Arizona

Arizona has a pretty cushy Nike deal, so it’s a common occurrence to see Wildcats’ players rocking heat. The latest in that long line of NBA prospects out of Tuscon is Nick Johnson. Though he did tend to lace up some team PEs more often lately, he’s rocked Jordans throughout his career at Arizona.

Shabazz Napier

College: UConn

Sure, in their 2013-14 run to the NCAA Championship, Shabazz usually rocked some fantastic looking Kobe PEs…but don’t sleep on his Jordan game. As they say, variety is the spice of life!

Anthony Davis

College: Kentucky

We know 2012s number one pick is now an official Nike athlete. But in his one year at Kentucky, he seemed to favor the Jumpman pairing that UK blue with the “Old Royal” Air Jordan X quite often.

Isaiah Thomas

College: Washington

A second-round pick back in 2011, Isaiah Thomas may not wind up being as good a player as his legendary namesake. But back in his days with the UW Huskies, ooh baby did he rock some heat. Seen here in the ‘Linen’ Xs, Black Cats and BHM IIIs, the Huskies dynamic team colors allowed Thomas to switch it up often. Cleannnn.

Kawhi Leonard

College: San Diego State

Watching him emerge as an NBA superstar, it’s obvious that Kawhi Leonard has got shoe game. But that isn’t just a result of his big league contracts. Back in his days at SDSU the boy got his shine, rocking tons of clean Jays. Keep an eye on Leonard.

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