Supreme started as a skateboard brand but, in the 24 years since its inception, the NYC label has continually pushed the boundaries of what that actually means – whether that was through its politically charged pieces, insane accessories, or highly-coveted collaborations.
One such collaboration is the Supreme x Nike x NBA collaboration that is dropping this week. Consisting of a shooting sleeve, warm-up jacket, Nike Air Force 1 Mid, and an authentic, logo-laden jersey/shorts combination, parts of the collaboration have already been seen on NBA players.
So, in honor of the collaboration and considering the fact that more and more NBA players have been seen rocking Supreme pre- and post-game, we imagine a world in which Supreme owns an NBA team and try to figure out what that roster would look like.
The team is made up of five starters and four reserves, who have been picked based on their sense of style on and off the court, as well as how their reputations and personalities fit Supreme’s image.
Scroll through our team and let us know who would make your Supreme NBA team.
Guard: D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn Nets)
D’Angelo Russell might not be the obvious pick to start as Point Guard on this fictional Supreme team due to the immense talent pool at his position in the league, however, he’s perfectly suited to lead the team out on the court. A quick scroll through Russell’s Instagram feed shows that he’s got the attitude, and style to mix it with the best of them.
He’s young, into anime, and isn’t afraid of standing out with his ’fits – a very important aspect to repping the Supreme team.
Add to that the fact that he plays in Brooklyn, one of the best biggest markets in the NBA and home to the latest Supreme store, while also having experience in Los Angeles as a Laker, and picking “Dloading” becomes a no brainer.
Guard: J.R. Smith (Cleveland Cavaliers)
J. R. Smith is the epitome of what a Supreme NBA player should be. He’s got the on court, free-scoring swagger, as well as the off-court style and DGAF attitude that would make him the posterboy for this fictional team. Oh, and he was also chosen to model the official collaboration ahead of its release today.
While many franchises have struggled to control Smith and cull his off-court antics, a Supreme team would afford him the freedom to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Supreme loves to be provocative with its wilder pieces and the fact that skate culture is deeply rooted in rebellion means Smith will be given free reign to make a splash – on and off the court.
Whether that will get the best out of him in basketball terms is debatable but honestly he fits too perfectly to pass up.
To give you an idea of what the shooting guard is like, he famously produced the following soundbite after getting traded from New York to Cleveland: “I think this is the best situation for me, ’cause there’s nothing but basketball. There’s nothing, there’s no going out, there’s no late nights. There’s video games, basketball and basketball.”
Recently, Smith was suspended for throwing a bowl of soup at Cavaliers assistant coach Damon Jones and rumor has it, it was a Supreme Longevity soup set from FW16.
Forward: Kelly Oubre Jr. (Washington Wizards)
Kelly Oubre Jr. aka Wave Papi is one of the most stylish guys in the NBA. Not only does he prove that almost on the daily when rocking up to arenas nationwide, he also took to the court wearing the Supreme x Nike x NBA shooting sleeve. On his leg. In an actual game.
The Washington Wizard is also known to rock ’Preme on occasion, which is almost a prerequisite for making this squad. He keeps his bogo tee on rotation with some more stylish alternatives like the green leather utility vest below.
His internship at Esquire shows he’s serious about fashion in a way that many are not. Therefore Wave Papi doesn’t need to try out for this team, he slides right into the starting lineup.
Forward: Michael Beasley (New York Knicks)
Michael Beasley is an enigma all too familiar to fans of the teams he’s played on. This includes the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and Minnesota Timberwolves among a host of others.
After coming out of Kansas State a bonafide star and predicted to be the next big thing, Beasley was drafted second behind Derrick Rose but largely failed to impress, bouncing around the NBA and even ending up in the Chinese professional league.
He’s had his fair share of off-court issues, consistently in trouble for marijuana, and even got into a physical altercation with a heckler in 2011. But as frustrating and immature as his behavior is off the court, Beasley’s basketball talent matches it on it. The guy can straight up ball.
Beasley is good enough to warrant a place on this roster and his rebellious attitude means he’ll be an important player for the Supreme Team because of how it aligns with Supreme’s own contrarian beliefs and history of going against the grain whenever possible.
Forward: Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
Draymond Green is perfect for this team in that he’s a great player at the top of his game, has revolutionized the center position, and is no stranger to controversy. His trash talk is second to none and could probably even get under Kevin Garnett’s skin, while his will to win at all costs has made him the villain on more than one occasion.
There was that time he kicked LeBron James in the nuts, which is as unsportsmanlike as it comes (but definitely something we could see a Supreme-owned NBA team celebrating). Then there were the two times he hit Steven Adams with a nutshot (check them out in the video above) and a host of other physical plays.
Green is dirty and every team could use someone like him, especially when he can ball as well as Green does.
Nick Young (Golden State Warriors)
Swaggy P narrowly misses out on a starting spot but only because of J. R. Smith existence. Nick Young is the definition of a Supreme NBA player. Seriously, go look up Supreme NBA player in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Young in a box logo hoodie.
The only reason Swaggy P doesn’t crack the starting lineup is because the team needs someone to lead the second unit. Young is that player. On the Supreme Team, he’ll grow into a leadership role while supplying memorable highlights both on and off the court.
Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets)
Another young gun that plies his trade in the borough of Brooklyn. Not only does he rock Supreme on the reg’, he’s good friends with D’Angelo Russell, which can only be good for team chemistry.
LeVert flies somewhat under the radar, coming in at “only” 66k followers on Instagram, something that could play well with Supreme’s underdog, anti-establishment image.
P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets)
P.J. Tucker is the sneakerhead king of the NBA hands down. He recently appeared on Complex’s Sneaker Shopping series and spent close to $17,000 on sneakers. He’s played in YEEZYs and rare Air Jordans and maintains that he wears all of kicks because, well, what’s the point of stocking them?
A move to the Supreme Team might be the best thing for Tucker, as his tendency to rock vintage and rare kicks may rub some coaches the wrong way. Most of these sneakers aren’t made for the court – or are already 20 years old and falling apart – but that won’t matter when it’s literally in your contract that you’ve got to flex as much as possible while balling out for Supreme’s NBA team.
When considering his very on-trend sense of style and the fact that he’s no slouch on the court either, you’ve got yourself a certified Supreme baller.
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
Contrary to popular belief, Ben Simmons is not on here to add some Australian swag to the squad. Simmons is on the team because he’s part of a younger generation that’s more style conscious than ever, he f***s with the culture, and he’s averaging 17 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds as a rookie.
He’s going to be a top 5 NBA player in the near future and that falls perfectly in line with Supreme’s status as the cream of the streetwear crop.
Let us know your thoughts on our roster in the comments. Who would make your starting five?
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