STRENGTH in numbers.
Adidas took a page from the Golden State Warriors after they signed five of the top incoming rookies in the 2016 NBA Draft, led by potential top pick Brandon Ingram.
The German apparel and footwear company announced the signing on Tuesday.
The move came after Nike nabbed the other projected first-overall pick Ben Simmons with an endorsement deal. Many observers believe Ingram, a 6-9 forward armed with a sweet-shooting stroke, can challenge Simmons as the #1 pick.
Joining Ingram, the 6-foot-9 forward with a sweet shooting stroke, are draft prospects Jaylen Brown, Jamal Murray, Dragan Bender and Kris Dunn--all projected to be selected in the top 10 of this year's draft.
Based on reports, Simmons will be taken first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers while Ingram could be selected by the Los Angeles Lakers as the No.2 pick to join a young core composed of point guard D’Angelo Russell, power forward Julius Randle and Filipino-American combo guard Jordan Clarkson.
"It’s no secret that at adidas, players have a voice to share ideas and insights that will create the best basketball gear in the world," said Chris Gancio, adidas Basketball General Manager, via a press release.
"We’re proud to welcome them to our family and we look forward to getting started," he added.