Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 5:01 pm  |  29 responses

Kidd-Gilchrist, Sullinger, Two Others Sign to Jordan Brand

Four guys go directly to the head of Jordan’s class.

by Tzvi Twersky | @ttwersky

Days after Michael Kidd-Gilchrist announced via Twitter that he was aligning with Jordan Brand, the company is ready to confirm that…and more. Per a press release sent by Jordan Brand today, Kidd-Gilchrist as well as three other rookies, Kendall Marshall, Jared Sullinger and Jeffrey Taylor, are all officially new members of the exclusive JB family. From the Jordan release:

“We are thrilled to add these four great athletes to the Jordan family,” said Michael Jordan. “We feel like the work ethic and commitment to excellence that each of these young men personify is a perfect fit for what we stand for. We are looking forward to what they can accomplish on the court and in their respective communities.”

Kidd-Gilchrist, the No.2 overall pick in the 2012 Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, is more than a casual sneakerhead. “I love sneakers,” Kidd-Gilchrist told SLAM in late August. “I’ve got over 200 pairs, easy.” Some of his favorites, he said, include the all-white Jordan IIIs, all-red Jordan Vs and the Olive IXs.

Not to be outdone by MKG, Marshall, the No. 13 overall pick the Phoenix Suns, donned quite a selection of Jordans while at UNC. “I’m not creative at all,” Marshall told SLAM last year, “but one day I hope to be on Team Jordan and get some player edition Jordans.” It’s clear from what he said then that he’s excited for JB’s off-court gear as well. “Retro Jordans have a special place in my heart just ’cause they’re Jordans,” said Marshall. “Greatest shoes ever made.”

Sullinger, the No. 21 pick in the Draft by the Boston Celtics, had on some fresh Concords at the Panini rookie photoshoot, and he’s represented by Michael Jordan’s long-time agent, David Falk.

Taylor, taken with the first pick in the second round by the Charlotte Bobcats, is a terrific athlete and defender with a lot of upside.

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  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    MKG and maybe Marshall will be factors

  • brian scalabrine

    cant wait to see what heat marshall comes with

  • The Seed

    Should have signed Austin Rivers and left the rest of the dudes on the sideline.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I wouldn’t be that excited, JB athletes have some of the ugliest sneakers in the league, i.e. Wade, Melo and CP3. They better just hope for custom retro Js like Ray Allen gets.

  • robb

    CP3′s are not that bad, and they are very comfortable.

  • uhhhduuhhhh

    what does that even mean?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    AYO gilchrist, help a brotha cop a pair of the jordan 4′s!


    LOL. that’s funny! got my sides hurting with that comment. the sad thing is i really believe you’re serious!

  • cbb_fanatic

    Congratulations to all these Jordan Brand signees! So happy to see Jeff Taylor to FINALLY receive the proper recognition for his skills, even though it’s just a endorsement. I really believe him and MKG put Charlotte on track this season!

  • Max

    Sullinger looks like a longneck.

  • Randy Jey

    Yeah!for Jeffrey Taylor ! First Swedish player to get signed to a huge name brand!!! Sweden is proud of you !

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    def: Factor – “an influence that contributes to a result or outcome” MKG and Marshall will probably be the only two out of this group who will contribute on a consistent basis on their respectable teams and actually have an impact on them winning games.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    cp3 kicks are the only nice ones..

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    also looks like a bust

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    the Seed is always on that foolish tip

  • matt

    id be syked to be on jordan even though the shoes they get to play in are ugly they get free retros and clothes look at joe johnson

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Well performance wise, I’m sure all the JB kicks are decent, but performance is not really what sells shoes in today’s climate. I feel like Nike does a better job of making performance based shoes that also look good.

  • LakeShow

    How can someone drafted 21st be a bust?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    if he wasn’t red flagged for his back, he woulda been a lottery pick.

  • LakeShow

    Exactly, but he wasn’t, so he can’t be a bust since he was not picked in the lottery…

  • Vikturus

    Jerebko has a deal with Nike.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    you sir need to quit all that trolling of the nuts.

  • LakeShow

    You need to represent facts, otherwise you’ll get called out, sorry if you or your nuts have a problem with that.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    i got a feeling your gonna be all over them this season

  • LakeShow

    You have very homo erotic feelings.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    get comfortable

  • LakeShow

    Sorry burrro.
    Never will I be comfortable with a man’s junk. If you are, that’s fine.
    Be free buddy…

  • Max


  • Derp

    boy were u wrong