If nothing else, Marvin Bagley III showed unpredictability with the first major decision of his professional basketball career.
Despite strong ties between his family and Nike, Bagley surprised the shoe industry by signing an endorsement deal with Puma earlier this week.
He went in-depth with Bleacher Report about the decision, which he made despite the fact that Nike sponsored the AAU team his father, Marvin Bagley II, ran that two Bagley sons played for. Bagley also played his one season of basketball at Duke, which is one of the flagship programs in the Nike sponsorship world.
Instead, Bagley is in business with Puma. The company, which hasn't sponsored an NBA player since former North Carolina star Vince Carter in 1999, also signed DeAndre Ayton. On Thursday night, Ayton was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft going to Phoenix, while Bagley went No. 2 to Sacramento.
"You see a lot of guys going with what's normal," Bagley told Bleacher Report. "There's a lot of brands that are well-known now that have worked their way up, and it's known now. I had a vision when I first decided to sign, which is that someone has to start it off and build it up where people would want to buy their stuff and wear the shoes. That's what's exciting to me is being able to help do that, be a part of that and build something special. I'm very excited."