Wilson will serve as the NBA’s official match ball supplier for the 2021-22 season, and the brand has just unveiled its first official ball design. Much like the Spalding ball used in the NBA this season, this new Wilson cue ball features a familiar eight-panel construction and the same leather as its predecessor – ensuring a seamless transition for players across the league .
Although the size and material composition are exactly the same as the Spalding Ball mentioned above, there seem to be some differences as well. The ball’s grooves appear to be a little deeper to improve grip, and the Wilson logo on one of the panels is outlined in silver, where Spalding opted for a solid black logo. The Official Game Ball marking, NBA logo and Commissioner Adam Silver’s signature remain unchanged.
Wilson was the NBA’s first game ball manufacturer to supply the league with game balls from its inception in 1946 to 1983. From 1983 to 2020, Spalding took over the contract and produced the league’s leather balls – even an unfortunate synthetic ball in 2006 that was rejected by several players before switching back to leather – but Wilson will start producing before the league’s 75th season and resume in the following years.
The brand has also added Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets to their Advisory Staff, a committee that provides play reviews and feedback on Wilson sports products. Wilson also plans to release NBA branded apparel in the coming months. “Joining Wilson’s Advisory Staff was a natural fit for me,” said Trae Young. “I’ve been using their basketballs since I was a kid – from hopping in my driveway to playing throughout college. It’s exciting to see Wilson return to the NBA and I have a say in how they perform on and off the pitch. »
If you’re looking to get your hands on a cue ball, it will be available on the Wilson webstore starting July 29th, one month after debuting at the NBA Draft Combine in June.
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