Chet Holmgren, the second pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, has signed a shoe deal with Nike, among 13 other NBA rookies, reports Nick DePaula. He joins Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Josh Giddey with Nike. Giddey signed with them just before last season.
The lottery picks in each year’s drafts, especially the top 5 picks, are highly sought after by footwear and apparel companies, as they project to become stars and stand out. Holmgren, however, is no stranger to the spotlight.
He went through high school as a very, very popular player in the national spotlight with teammate and now NBA player Jalen Suggs. He also went to Gonzaga, where he was able to show off his skills in the NCAA Tournament.
Even in the Summer League, the 7ft1in bigman grabbed headlines as he showed great potential early on. It’s promising to see Nike ready to sign Holmgren despite missing his entire rookie season.
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If Holmgren is able to fulfill his potential, he could be like a former second pick and household name who spent a lot of time with the Thunder and be given his own personal shoe.
For the Thunder, it’s a positive thing. The signing proves the Thunder could easily become a team with many, many eyes on them as they return to contention in the years to come.
When Holmgren can make his NBA debut, expect plenty of fans not of the Thunder, but of the NBA in general, to tune in to the game. And again, Chet is not new to bright lights.