5 Ways That Kyrie Irving’s Nike Line Can Become One of the NBA’s Best

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    1. Price

    Basketball sneakers are an investment. With top-of-the line kicks ranging anywhere from $150-$300, the $110 sticker price attached to the Kyrie 1 is a bargain. At that price, Kyrie’s sneaker should sell well, which will only lead to further releases. If the price stays down, the line has a chance to go the same route as Kevin Durant’s, which has been incredibly popular in the high school and college ranks — which is Nike’s target demographic. By keeping the price down, Nike is introducing Kyrie’s line as an affordable, high-performance shoe, and is setting a precedent that other brands may not be able to follow.

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    2. Age

    The most impressive thing about Kyrie Irving’s career thus far is that he is just getting started. With an already growing list of accomplishments under his belt, it’s crazy to think that he is only 22 years old and has his best ball in front of him. With at least 10-15 years left in his career, Kyrie’s sneaker line is going to be around for a long time and will likely hit LeBron-esque levels when it comes to different styles and exclusive PEs.

    Compared to the LeBron 1, the Kobe 1, and the KD 1, the Kyrie 1 stands the test when compared to these classic sneakers and comes right out of the gate strong. With the NIKEiD version of the Kyrie 1 coming, the future of Kyrie’s line is bright in its infancy.

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  • 3. Kyrie’s play

    In a league full of talented point guards, Kyrie is at the top of the food chain when it comes to entertainment value and play. At 6-3, Kyrie has incredible body control and quickness to knife through traffic and finish strong at the cup. He can single-handedly take over a game with his offensive skill-set and as we all know, in today’s NBA, points equal popularity. As of right now, five out of the top 10 scorers in the league have their own “signature” line and Kyrie will likely be the sixth player in the top 10 with a signature look by next season. With a vicious handle and a highlight-friendly game, plus plenty of nationally-televised games, Kyrie’s sneakers will have plenty of air time, which will keep the focus on his sneaker.

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    4. Leader of Nike’s new crop of stars

    Nike has made it clear that they believe in Kyrie to usher in the next crop of stars under its umbrella. LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Durant have all had their fair share of signature looks, so it is definitely time for some fresh blood to hit the market. In Kyrie, Nike has a fresh-faced emerging superstar on their hands who will be the rock of basketball’s next generation. With the point guard position as competitive as it’s ever been, every major sneaker brand is loading up and releasing signature looks for floor generals. Nike was wise to make its next signature athlete a point guard.

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  • 5. Market appeal

    Uncle Drew, Jeep commercials, SkullCandy, Nike. Kyrie Irving’s resume is already very impressive and the point guard is clearly up to the grind of making appearances, filming commercials, and doing press junkets for the brands he endorses. Kyrie’s fingerprints are all over the “Dream” edition of his signature look and the sneaker will only get better the more Irving gets involved. Playing on one of the most high-profile teams in the NBA certainly helps, too. Alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love, Irving is not overshadowed at all–he gets just as much attention and hype as anyone else. The more the Cavs and Irving win, the bigger his individual profile will grow.

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Kyrie Irving’s quick emergence as one of the faces of Nike Basketball was one of the biggest sneaker storylines of 2014. Signed by Nike to a long-term contract, Kyrie’s first signature sneaker, the “Kyrie 1,” was unveiled back in December to rave reviews. At just 22 years old, Irving earned his signature line before other Nike superstars like Paul George and James Harden, and is in line for a long run with Nike.

For Nike, the decision to make Kyrie a signature athlete was a wise one. In the last 12 months alone, Kyrie has won the 2014 All-Star Game MVP, was named the MVP and won a gold medal at FIBA World Cup Of Basketball, teamed up with LeBron James and Kevin Love in Cleveland, and was named the USA Male Basketball Athlete Of The Year–quite the resume for a player still years away from his true prime. Factor in his charisma, which never seems to disappear, and his otherworldly handle, and you can see why cats could be lining up to cop his kicks.

Following in the footsteps of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant is never easy, no matter what the task. Fortunately for Kyrie, he has the best sneaker designers in the world in his corner and based on the first installation of his line, Kyrie is set up to have the next great signature sneaker line. Before that can happen, though, the young point guard has a few things on his to-do list. Before his sneaker drops this weekend at Champs Sports, we’re going over what it’ll take for Irving’s line to go next level. Here are 5 Ways That Kyrie Irving’s Nike Line Can Become One of the NBA’s Best.

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