Dennis Smith Jr. has not played a single minute in the NBA yet, but he’s already partnered up with an apparel giant. The 19-year-old rookie guard agreed to a deal with Under Armour that is valued at $6 million over the next three years. Smith discussed the news in a press release sent out Tuesday morning.
“I am definitely excited to be a part of team Under Armour as I get ready to go into camp for my rookie year.
Under Armour is an explosive brand in basketball right now, and I’m excited to join Stephen (and) Seth (Curry) and the team at UA in making our mark together.
UA does it right in making footwear that helps all athletes get better, and that’s what I’m aiming for, to grow and get better and put my stamp on the league with UA.”
After playing a season at NC State, Smith was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 9th-overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Under Armour has been following Smith’s progress since 2015, when the company’s sports marketing director saw him at a camp led by Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry and was impressed with his performance and presence.
Dennis Smith Jr. is not the only 2017 draft pick to sign on with Under Armour. Phoenix Suns draft pick Josh Jackson signed a deal with Under Armour shortly before the start of the NBA Draft. Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay, Hawks forward Kent Bazemore, and both Steph and Seth Curry have partnerships with Under Armour as well.
Smith is expected to start for the Mavericks this year. Dallas ended last season out of the playoff picture with a 33-49 record.