The 2016 NBA Draft for the most part went without any surprises on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. — aside from a blockbuster trade involving the Oklahoma City Thunder and Orlando Magic — with Ben Simmons taking the No. 1 overall spot and Brandon Ingram coming in at No. 2. Rounding out the Top 5 were Jaylen Brown, Dragan Bender and Kris Dunn.
All of the aforementioned picks had sneaker deals in place prior to draft night, with Simmons signing with Nike and Adidas landing the four remaining ballers. Check out what these new professionals wore before they made it to the NBA.
1. Ben Simmons, LSU
Simmons suited up in purple and gold in his one year in college, but he will be wearing red, white and blue next season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s unknown what Nike shoe he will be wearing throughout the season, but while at LSU, he wore various LeBron James signature shoes, including the LeBron 13.
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2. Brandon Ingram, Duke University
The Duke standout will be in the former home of Kobe Bryant next season, but he won’t be wearing the brand he wore on the court in college while in the pros. Ingram, who wore the Nike KD 8 for the Blue Devils, signed a deal with Adidas before the draft.
3. Jaylen Brown, University of California — Berkeley
The Boston Celtics selected Brown with the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He wore the Jordan Super.Fly 4 in school and will rock the three stripes on the hardwood when the NBA season starts.
4. Dragan Bender, Croatia
Bender didn’t play college ball in the States, but laced up the Adidas 2015 Crazylight Boost Primeknit while playing for Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv. The newest member of the Phoenix Suns will also be wearing Adidas for the 2016-17 season.
5. Kris Dunn, Providence
The Minnesota Timberwolves are stacked with young talent, and they added another rising star to their roster with Providence’s Dunn. He wore the Air Jordan 11 on the court in college but will wear Adidas as an NBA player.