ADIDAS JUST boosted its roster of basketball talents with the signing of eight draftees from the 2016 NBA Rookie Draft. With the recent retirement of some of the game’s superstars, the new ambassadors are expected to be involved in a lot of product development and promotional activities in the coming seasons.
The leading the latest batch is 7’1” teenage prodigy Thon Maker, the 10th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. Blessed with the skills of a guard, Maker presents an intriguing story having been born in what is now South Sudan and basketball taking him to the United States, Canada and Australia.
Atlanta Hawks forwards Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry will join Maker. Prince is the 12th pick out of Baylor while Bembry was selected nine spots later at 21st from Saint Joseph’s.
A pair of international big men adds a global appeal in back-to-back picks in Ivica Zubac of Croatia and the Los Angeles Lakers and Cheik Diallo of Mali and the New Orleans Pelicans. Zubac spent time with Serbian club Mega Leks while Diallo studied at the University of Kansas.
Completing the roster are guards Wade Baldwin (17th pick, Memphis Grizzlies and Vanderbilt University), Patrick McCaw (38th pick, Golden State Warriors and University of Nevada-Las Vegas) and Isaiah Cousins (59th pick, Sacramento Kings and University of Oklahoma).
Earlier, adidas managed to sign up top rookies Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn and Jamal Murray. The rookies will finally get to display their skills once the 2016-2017 NBA season opens on October 25.