It might not seem obvious at first, but Jordan Brand athletes Kawhi Leonard and Michael Finley have a lot more in common than you think. While both were drafted with little fanfare in the middle of the first round of their respective years (Leonard went 15th overall in 2011, Finley was 21st in 1995), Leonard and Finley would make an immediate impact on their teams, garnering plenty of Rookie Of The Year votes and earning spots on the All-Rookie First Team. They shared the spotlight with higher profile teammates (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for Leonard while Finley was part of his own Big 3 with Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash) but they were also All-Stars in their own right and won NBA Championships with the San Antonio Spurs at different points in the dynasty.

Leonard and Finley have also made quite a mark during their time as Jordan Brand athletes. Finley was one of the first players to sign up to Nike offshoot during his prime years in the late 1990s and early 2000s and Leonard is a standard bearer now for the Jumpman. And when you’re a star for Jordan Brand, you get your hands on player exclusives that would made any sneakerhead cry.

Within the span of a week, both Leonard and Finley made sneaker headlines with Air Jordan 11 Gold PEs. Turns out Ray Allen wasn’t the only cool kid in Jordan Brand with gold 11s. Leonard turned heads on Christmas Day after the Spurs beat the Chicago Bulls with a metallic gold 11 and Finley showed off a similar pair but with a gold midsole and red translucent as an homage to his alma mater of Wisconsin. So for fun, we compared what their kicks would look like on the court in NBA 2K17. The results were not as great as we had hoped. Its starts out fine in the shoe editor, a little darker than we hoped but still workable, sometimes the shoe looks different in the editor and in the final product on the court.

But then we play Leonard’s Spurs against Finley’s 2002 Dallas Mavericks and their kicks look uh, different. On the plus side, Don C now knows what a “Beach” Air Jordan 11 looks like, I guess?

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