The NBA playoffs are a time for the best players in the league to show out on the game's brightest stage. They get a chance to start or even cement their personal legacies with legendary performances that can bring about great team and personal success for them. It's also a chance for the shoe companies to show off their products with special colorways.
Jordan Brand has come through for four of their players -- Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin. All four players will have special colorways for their own signature shoe or their favorite Jordan Brand shoes that they will play in during their playoff runs. As they attempt to march to the Finals and win the Larry O'Brien trophy, they'll have some pretty great looking kicks on the court.
Anthony’s playoff Jordan Melo M9 features team-inspired white, game royal and team orange color patterns while providing lightweight support and increased responsiveness through Nike Zoom cushioning. In addition, the Jordan Melo M9 boasts a full-length TPU cage that cradles the foot, providing lateral stability and support, and Dynamic Fit technology that uses straps made with Nike Flywire.
The Air Jordan XX8 worn by Westbrook features a team-inspired white (home) or black (away) upper with photo blue and tour yellow accents. The Air Jordan XX8 boasts an ultra-modern stealth design for elite performance including more technological advances than any Air Jordan to date.
Paul will be wearing the Jordan CP3.VI AE, which will feature team-inspired white, black, gym red and game royal color patterns. The AE is an artisan edition of the Jordan CP3.VI, upgrading his signature shoe’s crafted performance materials for the playoff stretch. Updates include a mesh window in the quarter for ventilation and Dynamic Fit technology that features straps that wrap up from the midsole and integrate with the laces for lightweight support that moves with the foot.
Griffin, who debuted the Jordan Super.Fly 2 earlier this year, will continue to wear the shoe in team-inspired cement grey, game royal and gym red color patterns.
All of the special playoff edition Jordan Brand shoes can be checked out here on NikeInc.com, along with information on all of the shoes.
Personally, I'm digging Westbrook's colorway for the Air Jordan XX8's. The home-inspired white XX8's are pretty great. I'm sure you'll be able to slow down their various highlights on YouTube or your DVR to get a closer look of them in action.