Derek Harper in the Avia 889

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Derek Harper Makes His Mark in the Avia 889

Derek Harper may not be a household name, but the NBA veteran spent sixteen seasons in the league, He played for the Mavs, Knicks, Magic, and Lakers from 1983 to 1999 and on April 10, 1991, as a member of the Mavs, he cemented himself as a scoring force. After dropping 34 in a loss against the Jazz, Harper became the first player to improve his points per game average in each of his first eight seasons. In other words, he just kept getting better.

During this time, Harper was wearing a high-top model from Avia. During the '80s and '90s, Avia was a thriving brand, with several NBA players wearing their sneakers. Derek Harper chose the Avia 889, which featured the brand's patented cushioning and supportive overlays. Avia currently specializes in running, walking, and training shoes, which you can shop here.

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