With the 2016 NBA Draft just two days away, prospects are finishing up workouts and wait to hear their names called by commissioner Adam Silver. Along with their workouts finishing up, major brands like Nike and Adidas are finalizing deals to endorse future stars.
Nike already signed two of the draft’s biggest names in phenom Ben Simmons and scoring machine Buddy Hield, but Adidas isn’t lagging far behind. ESPN’s Darren Rovell first reported that Adidas signed Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Kris Dunn, Dragan Bender, and Jamal Murray to endorsement deals. The company later posted five pictures on their Instagram formally welcoming the kids to their “squad.”
All five of those guys are potential top-5 picks and almost guaranteed not to slip out of the top-10. Brandon Ingram and Jamal Murray were given consideration for the first overall pick before the Philadelphia 76ers fell in love with Ben Simmons. Both Ingram and Murray had stellar freshmen seasons at Duke and Kentucky, respectively, and have arguments to be the nation’s top freshman.
Kris Dunn wrapped up his junior year at Providence as a freak athlete with great scoring ability and tremendous defensive potential. Jaylen Brown is cut from the same cloth as Dunn and was considered by many college basketball analysts to be the college basketball’s most explosive athlete.
As for Dragan Bender, not much is known about the 7-1 stretch four from Croatia. What is known, however, is that his potential is allegedly off the charts since he can handle the ball, shoot, and is as agile as a guard.