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Top 10+ Best Basketball Shoes for Point Guards 2024

BEST BASKETBALL SHOES FOR POINT GUARDS

There are many different criteria for choosing basketball shoes. You may be into low-tops or high-tops, you may have flat feet or wide feet, or maybe you just go with your favorite brand. One good way of finding basketball shoes that will work for you is by sorting through shoes that were designed to cater to your playing style. To that end, in this article, we will go over the best basketball shoes for point guards.

Point guards tend to be lighter, faster, and shiftier players. This style of play is better accommodated by shoes that have great multidirectional traction, low-profile responsive cushioning, and a flexible yet supportive upper. The traction should be able to keep up with all of your changes of direction, the cushioning should be just enough to offer impact protection, but not so much that it slows you down, and the support should keep your foot safely in the footbed.

With all this in mind, we have sifted through the hundreds of models we test each season and picked out the top sneaker models that excel in these aspects. So, with all that being said, let’s get right into the best basketball shoes for point guards.

We’ve already listed the best basketball shoes for shooting guards, the best basketball shoes for small forwards, the best basketball shoes for centers, and the best basketball shoes for power forwards. Now we’re going to dive into the best basketball shoes for point guards. I you are just looking for the best all-around basketball shoe, you can check out that list as well.

Updated: 06.19.2024

Best Basketball Shoes for Point Guards Overall 2024

Best Basketball Shoe for Point Guards

Nike Sabrina 1

The Nike Sabrina 1 is a great first signature shoe for Sabrina Ionescu and is one of the best basketball shoes Nike has to offer in 2023/24. The Sabrina 1 is a top-notch guard-style shoe that will give you great traction (indoors), a speedy and reactive cushioning setup, along with elite lockdown and support. If you’re looking for a basketball shoe with beefy and plush cushioning, this might not be the shoe for you, but that is hardly a drawback. Read the full review. Price: $130

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy Nike Sabrina 1

Serious Player Only Player 1 Plus

The Player 1 was already a great hoop shoe and the Player 1 Plus takes things to another level. Everything has been refined and improved slightly in this version of the shoe: more versatile traction, better materials, better fit, … it’s just a better performance basketball shoe. The biggest drawback of the Player 1 Plus is the price. $180 is, admittedly, steep. But you are getting a ton of bang for your buck and excellent traction both indoors and outdoors. Read full review. Price: $180

8.5/10
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Buy SPO Player 1 Plus

Nike GT Cut 3

The Nike GT Cut 3 is a fun shoe. It’s bouncy, it’s agile, and it’s just one of those models that, as soon as you lace it up, makes you want to sprint up and down the court. The Zoom X does not disappoint, and Nike has done a very good job of implementing it into a basketball shoe. It’s soft and squishy, but by no means feels unstable or slow on court, making it a great option for guards in general, and it might just be the best GT Cut model to date. Read the full review. Price: $190

8/10
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Puma All Pro Nitro

With the Puma All Pro Nitro, you get a basketball shoe that is very different from the original All Pro but proves to be a commendable successor to the all-time great performance model. The shoe excels in providing superior traction, a bouncy, comfortable and well-balanced cushioning system, and functional materials that efficiently serve their purpose. In summary, the Puma All Pro Nitro stands as an excellent choice for Point Guards seeking an all-around high-performance basketball shoe. Read the full review. Price: $130

8.5/10
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Buy Puma All Pro Nitro

Nike GT Hustle 2

The Nike GT Hustle 2 is the successor to, and an enormous improvement on the Nike GT Run and might just be one of the better performance models we see this year. It is also somewhat of a niche performance model. The very low-profile cushioning system (which features a full-length Zoom Air strobel), the minimal support features, and the traction could make the Nike GT Hustle 2 one of the best guard shoes of the year. Read the full review. Price: $170

8/10
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Nike Giannis Immortality 2

In a world where signature basketball shoes will run you no less than $160, and can’t even be used outdoors, it’s refreshing to see a shoe like the Immortality 3. This is a very solid performance basketball shoe, that will hold up well outdoors for just $90. Now, there is nothing I would call elite on the Giannis Immortality 3 but it is a very versatile and well-rounded basketball shoe indeed. Read full review. Price $190.

8.2/10
Total Score
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Jordan Luka 2

The Jordan Luka 2 is a very similar shoe to the Jordan Luka 1, so it makes sense that it would make our list of the best shoes for PGs. We have basically the same traction setup, very similar cushioning (if anything the Luka 2 is slightly bouncier), and the same spring plate. The Jordan Luka 1 was designed to enhance Luka’s patented stepback and the Luka 2 takes that concept to the next level. They do feel slightly stiffer, and will require more breaking time. The fit true to size. Read the full review. Price: $130

8.5/10
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Anta Kai 1

This is the ultimate Kyrie shoe. If you’ve enjoyed Kyrie’s shoes with Nike, you’ll love these. They are secure, agile, quick, and bouncy. This is a wonderful first signature for Kyrie with Anta, and, considering that they retail for just $125, they’re easily one of the best bang-for-your-buck performance models of the year. They take a bit to break in, and ventilation is an issue, but in general, these are great. Read the full review. Price $125.

9/10
Total Score
Buy Anta Kai 1

Puma Stewie 2

The Puma Stewie 2 is Bianna Stewarts’ second signature, and it’s a great all-around performance model that will perform exceptionally well for lighter guards. The shoe has everything a point guard will need on court: excellent (indoor) traction, a very well-balanced and bouncy cushioning system, and a very secure and natural feeling build. The light, low-top build makes it an even more guard-friendly option. KEEP IN MIND that in the US the Stewie 2 comes in woman’s sizes, so if you want the correct men’s size you will need to go 1.5 sizes up (ie: 12M = 13.5W). Read the full review. Price: $125

9/10
Total Score
Buy Puma Stewie 2

Anta Shock Wave 5

Anta really has thought of everything when designing this model and has created an elite guard shoe. Even though the Anta Shock Wave 5 wasn’t designed specifically for Kyrie Irving, it’s a very “Kyrie feeling” shoe and has everything a point guard could need or want. Great traction, excellent support features, responsive cushioning… If you liked Kyrie’s Nike shoes you will like this one as well.

If you were looking for an agile, low-profile, reactive hoop shoe, with a dash of impact protection underfoot, the Shock Wave 5 is going to be a very good option. Read full review. Price $115.

8.5/10
Total Score
Buy Anta Shock Wave 5

Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch

Nike has brought us “protros” in the past that haven’t lived up to the term, offering little or no performance updates. Kobe, who actually coined the term, would be proud of this model as it makes an almost perfect shoe that much better.
As far as the colorway goes, it may not be as iconic as the standard Grinch colorway, but it’s still sleek and bright. If you’re lucky enough to get them, do yourself a favor and play in them. Read the full review. Price: $190

9.5/10
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Buy Nike Kobe 6 Protro Reverse Grinch on Stock X

Curry 10

The Curry 10 tweaked the slight shortcomings of an already great shoe, the Curry 9. Steph Curry’s signature line is one of the most consistent signature lines out there, and the Curry 10 is another highlight.

One of the main features is the Under Armour’s Flow cushioning/ traction system (also featured on the Curry 9). Flow offers great impact protection and a seamless ride from heel to toe. The shoe is lightweight and feels more like a reinforced running shoe. The Curry 10 also features an improved and more supportive upper called Warp 2.0. Read full review. Price: $160

9/10
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Buy Curry 10

Nike Zoom GT Cut 2

The Nike Air Zoom GT Cut 2 follows one of the most hyped basketball shoes in recent memory, the Nike Zoom GT Cut. The GT Cut features a low-profile, lightweight setup that compares well to last year’s model. The React, full-length Air Zoom Strobel, and heel Zoom unit work well together and provide solid cushioning despite how low this shoe sits to the ground. It’s a quick point guard’s dream shoe, but big guys may want to look elsewhere. Read the full review. Price: $150

8.5/10
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Puma TRC Blaze Court

The Puma TRC Blaze Court continues Puma’s resurgence into the basketball performance sneaker scene. The outsole looks and performs exceptionally. It’s mainly made of multi-directional lines with herringbone in crucial places. This makes shifting from side-to-side a treat and is excellent for shifty players like aspiring point gods. Trinomic and ProFoam+ give point guards enough impact protection to last the whole game. If you haven’t tried Puma basketball, this is an excellent shoe. See the full review. Price: $120

9/10
Total Score
Buy Puma TRC Blaze Court

Best Outdoor Basketball Shoes for Point Guards 2024

Check out our full list of the best outdoor basketball shoes here.

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Nike Giannis Immortality 2

The Immortality 3 makes another appearance on our list as our top outdoor pick for points guards. Read full review. Price $190.

8.2/10
Total Score
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Li-Ning Sonic Team Low

Li-Ning Sonic Team Low

The Li-Ning Sonic Team Low is an outdoor basketball hooper’s dream shoe, especially if you’re a point guard. The outsole is made of what they call “Tuff RB” for tough rubber. The shoe can hold up to not only hours upon hours but also months of outdoor play. The grip was never inconsistent, even on indoor floors. The one caveat is that it can feel bottom-heavy because of how thick the rubber is. The midsole is lightweight and responsive, plus the upper stays true to that character. See the full review. Price: $89

9/10
Total Score
Buy Li-Ning Sonic Team Low

Best Budget Basketball Shoes for Point Guards 2024

Check out our full list of the best budget basketball shoes here.

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Nike Giannis Immortality 2

Here we have the Immortality 3 once again, and the fact of the matter is that it is a great hoop shoe for point guards, that is great outdoors, and it just happens to be a budget option. Read full review. Price $190.

8.2/10
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20 comments
  1. I have 6 out 10 of these kicks and I’ve called it on other posts on here; the CP3 VI A.E. is my number one. The cushion may have taken the greatest hit, but as a guard, I’m flying and stopping in the blink of an eye. Great shoe and I got nervous of not seeing it on the list after certain picks.

    The UA Anatomix Spawn is already on the list and quite high before we get the performance review. That is impressive.

    I would’ve expected the Hyperdunks 2013 to place higher with it’s packaged setup.

      1. Word, looking forward to the review. I asked about a pair last week at my local House of Hoops and they looked at me crazy. Not many know about this shoe, but they will when word on the street hits.

        Here is what I have on the PG list in purchased order:

        This year I started with the Kobe 8, Rose 3.5, XX8, Crazy Quick, CP3 VI AE, & Hyperdunk 2013. I would’ve been content with just the Kobe 8, but your reviews have piqued my interests and kept me going. I find me a decent Anatomix Spawn colorway and it’s on.

  2. Waah im a 31 yo recreational pg but my plantar fasciitis made me say goodbye to most of these, especially my beloved kobe 8. Only an old pair of Lebron 8 v1 helped relieved the pain. Hope the HD2013 will work.

  3. Can you explain how the cp3.vi ae tops the kobe 8? Cp3.vi ae had decent breath ability and cushion while kobe 8 nailed down all 5 categories. You also stated that kobe 8 had better traction than cp3.vi in your kobe 8 performance review.

    1. Both shoes have the same scores in all categories except cushion. The Kobe 8(Lunarlon) scored 9 and the CP3 VI AE(Podulon) scored 7.

      I remember the Kobe 8 review and Nightwing stated that the traction was quite possibly the best traction SINCE the CP3 VI. That means that the tractions are in the same league.

      My reasons for the CP3 VI AE winning out are:
      1)Price-They are $15 less at $125 vs $140. You can find some colors for $109 though
      2)Durability-The cushion and outsole will last much longer. I dare you to run Kobe 8 outside lol!

      1. Actually in the kobe 8 review in the video he stated that if he had to choose between the two he would choose the kobe 8, but I agree with you

  4. you can always get an XDR version of the kobe 8….
    i don’t really know how to compare the two shoes, i like them just as much as each other most days, and each offers a little something that the other doesn’t, while offering high end performance for dudes who do a lot of sharp cuts and quick movements…i’ve never tried the AE on, but i have two pairs of the regular VIs and they are a marvel to me, podulon is one of my favorite cushions ever, the traction never gives up regardless of what you do, the upper is virtually indestructible, etc. the kobe 8, however, has full length lunarlon, which is a dream, and is really supportive for such a light and flimsy looking shoe.

    but yeah, i would think that the VI would probably win out because- as dime slinger has pointed out- of price and durability. though the 8s surely win on an aesthetic basis, i don’t have money to buy any of them (i have the pythons and ogle at virtually every colorway that has come out since), but the 8s are probably the nicest looking shoe that nike has put out in a while, the mesh giving you loads of different possibilities as far as prints go. the blue lights are really something, and the purple gradients…

    1. Hey Tadatsune, is XDR really that good though? Does it really make the shoe last longer outdoors? I recall you saying in a previous post that your KD Vs (non XDR version) have lasted longer outdoors than some of your shoes with XDR outsoles.

      1. well, the rubber is much harder than the rubber you find on the non-xdr versions, so i would imagine that it does make a difference, though the shallowness/depth of the traction pattern determines, on top of that, how long the outsole will last in general. so, a CP3.VI xdr will probably last you longer than a kobe 8 XDR, which has a pretty shallow traction pattern. the KD V is a strange exception, i wouldn’t take it to mean that XDR is by and large a gimmick…i really wouldn’t use the KD VI outside, for example- the pattern is shallow AND the rubber is extremely soft…

        to expand on my point though, i personally wouldn’t risk taking the non-xdr kobe 8 outside, the rubber is REALLY pliable. same with a lot of adidas’ shoes, i have held off on picking up a pair of the crazyquicks simply because the rubber is softer than anything else out there…

        1. Hey Tadatsune, thanks for explaining that to me. The KD Vs must be a weird exception. When I read that you said that about them a few weeks ago, I was starting to think that maybe XDR is a bit of a gimmick.

          btw, I never asked – What kind of outdoor surface do you play on? That is also another variable that I didn’t consider.

  5. ps the rubber on the cp3.vi/ae is really soft, too, it’s just that the grooves are really deep. i’m not sure how long the regular version would last outside, but i pretty much ruined the traction pattern of a pair of XDR VIs after about 5 months of hard play.

  6. Nightwing, in your opinion, do you think the the cp3.vii might possible top the cp3.vi ae in terms of needs for a point guard?

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