The Dallas Mavericks signed Frank Ntilikina just one week before training camp opened to be their 16th player on the roster. The 6’4 guard earned the final roster spot during training camp as his defense and improved jumper proved too valuable. Second-year guard Tyrell Terry was waived to make room for the French Prince.
Ntilikina has been in and out of the rotation this season. His role has been reduced in recent games as second-year wing Josh Green is earning more time. Ntilikina is one of the team’s best perimeter defenders, but his offensive game remains a work-in-progress.
The former eighth overall pick announced on Instagram that he signed a deal with Adidas. Ntilikina will wear their shoes on the court and likely be a spokesperson for the brand in his native France. Here is a look at the rest of the Adidas crew and a look at what kicks the French Prince could be rocking in the Mavs' next game.
Dallas Mavericks guard Frank Ntilikina signs with Adidas
Ntilikina joins James Harden, Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Trae Young, and Derrick Rose as NBA players sponsored by Adidas. The Mavericks guard has previously worn Mitchell’s signature shoes, but he may switch it up under his new partnership. Harden, Lillard, Young, and Rose all have their own signature kicks.
Ntilikina will be looking to carve out a larger role down the stretch, so he can earn a place in the team’s playoff rotation. The Mavericks are going to need perimeter defense to stop Donovan Mitchell and the many talented scoring guards in the Western Conference, which could be enough to earn the French Prince some run in the postseason.
Frank Ntilikina is officially signed with Adidas basketball. Expect to see him rocking the gear off the court and their sneakers in the games. The new deal is well deserved. Ntilikina has played well for the Dallas Mavericks this season, and the team will likely pick up his option for next season. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.