No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz signed on with Nike, as did No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum, plus De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball wore just about everything but vintage Ponys at Summer League as his dad pumps his Big Baller Brand line.
But Dennis Smith Jr., the Dallas Mavericks guard who was a standout at Summer League, will sign on with Under Armour, reports Nick DePaula for ESPN.
Dennis Smith Jr. checks all of those boxes, leading Under Armour to sign the Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard and No. 9 overall 2017 draft pick to a three-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal worth as much as $2 million per year with incentives, according to sources. The brand plans to incorporate him immediately as one of its key featured basketball players right out the gate.
“I am definitely excited to be a part of team Under Armour as I get ready to go into [training] camp for my rookie year,” Smith Jr. said. “Under Armour is an explosive brand in basketball right now, and I’m excited to join Stephen [Curry] and Seth [Curry] and the team at UA in making our mark together.”
Under Armour also signed No. 3 pick Josh Jackson.
Smith is a good signing by Under Armour. He will be in the running for Rookie of the Year, he is an athletic and aggressive point guard who will have the ball in his hands and be asked to create. He could be one of the stars of a deep rookie class.