Golden State Warriors starters don’t wear Nikes

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The NBA has become one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world. This is good news for the sportswear giant Nikewho has a firm grip on the league.

Not only does the American company have an exclusive clothing contract with the NBA, but more than 75% of NBA players wear Nike shoes or Jordan Brand shoes on the ground. It’s impossible to watch a televised NBA game without seeing a slew of Swoosh logos all over the broadcast.

However, Nike’s control of the NBA does not extend to the league’s most valuable franchise – the Golden State Warriors. According Nick DePaula of ESPNthe Warriors have the only starting five in the league without a Nike athlete.

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The Warriors starting lineup consists of Stephen Curry (Curry Brand), Andrew Wiggins (Peak), Draymond Green (Converse), as well as Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney (Anta).

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As others have pointed out, Nike owns converse. But it’s still remarkable that in 2022, fans won’t see a Nike shoe in the Warriors’ starting lineup. Jordan Poole is a Nike athlete who loves Kobe Bryant’s signature streak but rarely starts despite clocking in at nearly 29 minutes per game.

Businesses that compete with Nike in the basketball world face an uphill battle. However, it should bring some comfort to smaller brands that the world’s largest sportswear company is still struggling to gain a foothold in the Warriors locker room. Stay locked into FanNationKicks.com for all of your shoe news.

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