DeAndre Ayton, the 1st overall pick in the 2018 draft, is a center from the Bahamas who played a one-and-done season with the Arizona Wildcats, where he primarily wore Nike KD X shoes on court. Following in the footsteps of Marvin Bagley III, Ayton signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Puma, a brand that is making a splashy comeback to the basketball scene.
On his new association with Puma, Ayton speaks bluntly about his business-minded decision. “Nike is Nike, Adidas is Adidas. I’ve played in their circuits and stuff like that, but now it’s a business. You don’t want just product. You’re not a kid anymore. You’re really trying to get bank. That’s about it.”