Last week we started our look back with the Top Color Schemes of the 2012-2013 season.  Colors and themes have come to be very important in growing and expanding the market which shows no signs of slowing down.  But, we here at Black Lotus love to focus on the performance aspect of basketball shoes.  This season saw all the familiar faces with some of the smaller Chinese companies (Li-Ning and Peak) taking a step back.  The Winter/Spring season saw a number of player signature shoes hit the market which did have an impact on our list.  However, we being this countdown with a brand new Nike model featuring one of their more beloved technologies.

Nike Max Hyperposite - Dynamic Blue/Fireberry

The Nike Max Hyperposite

9 – Nike Max Hyperposite

For the first time in years, Foamposite material returned in a Nike Basketball performance shoe.  The Max Hyperposite is meant for the power player combining the Posite material with a full length Max Air unit.  It makes our list at the number 9 spot for excellent versatility with a very stable build.  And even though it may be made for the big man, the court feel and good traction can suit the aggressive guard.  We would not be surprised to see a follow up of the Hyperposite in the future.

Adidas Crazy Fast - All-Star - Green Zest

The Adidas Crazy Fast

8 – Adidas Crazy Fast

One of the more popular Adidas models for the second half of the season was the Crazy Fast.  Many Adidas athletes wore these on the court as their main shoe leading to the playoff round.  Built around the Crazy Light platform, the shoe makes our list because of the versatile performance and excellent responsiveness.  Like the Hyper line, Adidas has added plenty of confusion with the Crazy series.  The Crazy Fast may have been lost in all the hype surrounding the Crazy Light 2, but is a great option for those needing a bit more support over the  Light.

Adidas D Howard Light - All-Star

The Adidas D Howard Light

7 – Adidas D Howard Light

It was not the most ideal season for Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers on the court.  On the sneaker front, the Howard line continued on with the adiPower 3 and this second half shoe – the Howard Light.  What can be looked at as a big man version of the Crazy Light 2/Crazy Fast, the Howard Light makes our list for versatility, responsiveness, and stability.  The shoe is solid all around for any position on the court.  If you are looking for an everyday basketball shoe, this might be the choice!

Nike KD V - Christmas

The Nike KD V

6 – Nike KD V

The Nike KD line took a twist this year with the V.  Going back to a fill mid cut, a heel Max Air unit was also introduced.  It takes our number 6 spot, again, for the versatility on the court.  Great responsiveness, traction, and court feel in a light weight package, the KD V fits the guard, swingman, and power forward.  The V looks to be the end of an era for the mid cut design as the VI brings a very low cut look coming this summer.  Hopefully the performance stays up to par.

Two similar Adidas models sandwiched in between two Nike models seems par for the course.  Unlike the Summer/Fall listed, there is more of a distinction in performance with these first four in our countdown.  The Nike KD V is definitely a standout, with the Adidas Crazy Fast and Howard Light more close in performance.  What these four performers do share is the fact that they all are versatile.  Most of you know the heavy hitters are in store for the top 5, so let us know what you think of our list so far!  Until then, be on the look out later in the week to see which performer takes our top spot!

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