The Six Worst Basketball Shoe Deals in History

With the youngest Ball brother recently announcing a shoe deal (he’s entering his junior year of high school, the shoes cost $395), we took a look at the worst “stars” to grace a sneaker with their name.

Mickael Pietrus

Mickael Pietrus
Averaging 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in his 5-team career, it’s baffling how the French-born small forward landed a shoe deal with the Jordan brand.

Emblazoned with his initials, and bearing that ever-popular design style known as “clashing ugly stripes and triangles.” If, for some bizarre reason, you want an autographed pair, they are on Amazon for $225


Acie Law

Acie Law Shoes

A perennial bench man, Law never averaged more than 6.2 points per game in a season. Still, Converse decided that was enough to make these white-on-white Acie Law IVs. If you want a GAME WORN, autographed pair, it’s $400 on Amazon.


Corey Maggette

Corey Maggette Soes

Maggette, whose nickname was “Bad Porn” for reasons I don’t know because I don’t want that in my search history, signed a deal with Chris Webber’s shoe label. Here are the shoes that only a zero-time all-star could truly call their own.


Michael Beasley

A career underperformer, Beasley’s shoe makes it look like the wearer stepped in a plate of ham and eggs. Interestingly, that plate of ham and eggs probably costs as much as these shoes now, as you can get a pair for $10 on ebay.


John Wallace

John Wallace Shoes

Wallace played a short 7 seasons in the NBA, yet still got a shoe deal with Karl Kani. As we all know (at least we do now), Karl Kani is a shoe brand that likes to put their name over HALF OF THE ENTIRE SHOE.


Eddie Curry

Eddie Curry shoes
Curry never made the all-star game, but did win a title playing with LeBron, Bosh, and Wade in 2011. He also landed an oddball shoe deal with Nike.

After reading these, I’m going to make a slave shop full of elves and cobble my own $500 shoes. I’ll say they’re pro shoes for cornhole/beanbag toss, or something.

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