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Raptors’ Fred VanVleet signs deal with AND-1

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Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet signed a shoe endorsement deal with AND1 this week, per ESPN’s Nick DePaula.

The 25-year-old Wichita State product is having a breakout season for the Raptors one year after he helped the Canadian team win its first NBA title in franchise history. The fourth-year guard is averaging 17.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 7.6 assists in a league-high 38.5 minutes per game, shooting 38.3% from the field, 40.6% from 3-point range, and 91.3% from the free throw line.

With veteran point guard Kyle Lowry sidelined for several weeks with a left thumb fracture, VanVleet has stepped up as the team’s floor general, leading Pascal Siakam and company to a solid start, avoiding the early-season post-championship slump at 8-3.

The Raptors are doing well without Kawhi Leonard, too, the Finals MVP who left the franchise one year after being acquired from the San Antonio Spurs to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent. In the meantime, Siakam, the 25-year-old Cameroonian native and last season’s Most Improved Player, could be MVP this season, upping his game and taking on Leonard’s role on both sides of the ball for Toronto.

Now VanVleet could get a signature shoe from AND1 after the 6-foot-1 guard gained notoriety and raised his profile in the Raptors’ 2019 playoffs run and title victory.

In the past, AND1 has signed NBA players like Stephon Marbury, Rafer Alston, Shawn Marion, and Monta Ellis. On social media, the athletic company shared their “All-NBA AND1 brand second team.”

Curiously, VanVleet is listed at power forward, likely due to the lack of forwards available for the brand.