Nike Signs NBA Lottery Pick Lauri Markkanen to Multiyear Endorsement Deal
July 10, 2017
Nike has signed forward Lauri Markkanen (7-0, 230) who was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2017 NBA Draft, and acquired by the Chicago Bulls in a recent trade.
Markkanen played one season at University of Arizona, averaging 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The Finland native was a finalist for the John R. Wooden award, while being named third-team All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Markkanen's 576 points were the most by a freshman in school history. In the last 25 years, Markkanen and Kevin Durant are the only players to record 69 3-pointers and 266 rebounds in their freshman year.
Markkanen joins fellow 2017 NBA draftees Markelle Fultz, De'Aaron Fox, Jayson Tatum, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, Harry Giles and Jonathan Isaac as the next generation of Nike Basketball.