Number one overall pick Zion Williamson has officially signed a multiyear contract with Jordan Brand. The rookie sensation spent the past month mulling multiple offers from the other shoe companies. No exact dollar amount has been reported yet, but it’s widely speculated that the deal is worth $10 million per year.
“I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the Jordan Brand family,” Williamson said. “Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league and having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had and continues to have today. He was one of those special athletes I looked up to, and I can’t express how happy and excited I am for this journey.”
The Exploding Shoe incident with Nike while Williamson was at Duke might’ve been why Williamson didn’t sign directly with the top shoe company. Jordan’s power over young players continues to be present, as every athlete that joins the brand speaks of his legacy and the legacy they’re trying to build.
Williamson only participated in 10 minutes of Summer League action, coming out in the first game after a knee injury. Since his injury, many have speculated about Zion’s poor diet and workout routine leading to the injury and whether the New Orleans Pelicans should’ve played him at all. Protecting your most valuable asset, especially when he’s not in playing shape, should be the main priority of any team.
The ability for Williamson to translate his body into the professional game was one of his biggest critiques during his time at Duke. His average height and above average weight don’t mix well in today’s NBA. Everyone in the league now must be able to stretch the floor with respectable shooting and above the rim athleticism. Williamson has the athleticism, but will that fade away if he carries the extra fat and weight that modern players don’t have?