If there is going to be one elite, superstar player to break out of this draft, the smart money is on Markelle Fultz. He has an incredibly well-rounded game, can do just about everything well. He is the clear No. 1 pick on almost every board. The only question is about what color shoes he wears next season — green and white, or red, white, and blue.
But we know those shoes will be Nikes.
No terms were released, but last year’s No. 1 pick Ben Simmons reached a five-year, $20 million deal with Nike. This likely is in that ballpark.
This deal will cover apparel as well, and if Fultz is as good as some project you can bet his next shoe deal will be much larger.