After being drafted 1st overall in 2016 out of LSU, Simmons sought a lucrative shoe deal that exceeded recent benchmarks for top draft picks. By pitting Nike and adidas against each other in negotiations, Simmons achieved his goal and walked away with a 5-year, $20 million contract with Nike.
The deal is considered unique both for its large base salary and bonuses that could push the contract north of $40 million if Simmons were to win a number of awards including first-team All-NBA and MVP.
Simmons has mostly stuck with Nike’s heavy-duty performance hightops, starting with the Hyperdunk series, followed by the Zoom Rize, and now the Air Zoom BB NXT.
Player Editions (PEs and Colorways)
July 13, 2020 - Black, yellow and green
January 29, 2020 - White and pink
January 9, 2020 - Multicolored camo
December 10, 2019 - All black with the gold swoosh
March 21, 2018 - All red with the white swoosh
March 19, 2018 - White midsole and blue upper