The first sneaker Ben Simmons wore in an NBA game was the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017.
This was after a foot-injury forced the Philadelphia 76ers guard to miss the entire 2016-17 season. Simmons redshirt season saw him debut against the Washington Wizards in the Hyperdunk 2017, which he then wore his entire rookie of the year campaign.
The Nike Hyperdunk 2017 first Nike Basketball sneaker to utilize React cushioning. This midsole provides the most responsive foam that Nike has, while still being soft enough for step-in comfort. The upper consists of an affordable engineered mesh. Durability and breathability are paramount for this material. The support comes from the external heel unit, which prevents you from rolling over.
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