Jordan Sibert signs 10-day contract with Hawks, earns PUMA endorsement deal

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


Sibert walked away with more than just his first NBA bucket on Wednesday night

If you think you're having a good week, just look at what Jordan Sibert has accomplished. The Broad Street Brawlers guard fulfilled a childhood dream by signing a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks, logged his first career minutes on Wednesday night against the Timberwolves, and knocked down a three from the left elbow on his first shot. Oh yeah, Sibert's also walking away with a PUMA endorsement deal.

That comes as a result of a revolutionary partnership that was signed between TBT and PUMA last June. In a unique move and as part of the partnership, PUMA offered an official endorsement deal to any player who competes in TBT and then signs on with an NBA team the following the season.

"I couldn't believe it," said Sibert. "I was supposed to be going to sleep and then I got the news and I couldn't sleep. I was just so excited. I called my family and told everybody about it. I'm just thankful. I appreciate PUMA. Really excited to have this opportunity and to make the brand proud and continue to do what I've been doing."

 

Although the Brawlers got knocked out in the first round by Eberlein Drive in TBT 2018, Sibert put on a display that TBT fans won't soon forget. Having to play the full game due to a shortage of players, Sibert racked up 30 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

"It was great," said Sibert, "just the venue, the atmosphere, it was great competition. Of course, the prize is what everybody's after, but it's great competition. I feel like it's just a great way for professionals to get out there and compete and show what they can do."

It's been a long, winding road to the NBA for Sibert. After reaching the Final Four his sophomore season at Ohio State in 2012, the Cincinnati native transferred to Dayton for his final two years of eligibility. Alongside fellow Broad Street Brawlers stars Devon Oliver and Dyshawn Pierre, Sibert helped usher in a new era of Flyers basketball. As a junior, Sibert and company reached the program's first Elite Eight appearance in 30 years behind his 12.2 points per game and 46 percent clip from beyond the arc. They reached the Sweet 16 the following season and Sibert was named to the First-Team All-Atlantic 10 after averaging 16.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.

 

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, Sibert signed his first professional contract with the Erie BayHawks, where he would remain for the entire season. He spent the next two years overseas, suiting up for PAOK Thessaloniki in Greece and Mitteldeutscher BC in Germany. Sibert returned to the BayHawks in October and has been enjoying a career year. In 34 G-League games this season, he's averaging 15 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2 assists per game.

"It hasn't been a cake walk," said Sibert.  "My story is far from over, but it started off all over the place...It's been a long ride, but it's been worth it."

"Everything's just falling into place."

 

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