Dallas Mavericks future star, Dennis Smith Jr. seems to have all the right qualities, leading Under Armour to sign the top 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. The UA plan is to incorporate him immediately as one of its key featured basketball players right out the gate with a future that looks bright in Dallas, which has Mavs fans, Coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban excited.
“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.”
Unlike most incoming rookies this summer, Dennis decided to wait until well after the NBA draft to sign his shoe deal. The majority of the players selected among the top 10 picks — save for Lonzo Ball’s unique Big Baller Brand venture — each signed their endorsement deals during the month of June.
During this year’s summer league, Smith average 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game during the Mavericks’ run in Vegas, landing him on the All-NBA Summer League first team. Many analysts draw comparisons to a young Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose.
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