Fred VanVleet’s story has been nothing short of remarkable. Undrafted players usually don’t have long careers in the NBA, but the Wichita State product is off to an incredible start.
After not hearing his name called in the 2016 NBA Draft, VanVleet tweeted “Bet on yourself.” He backed up his words with actions, signing with the Raptors in 2016 and eventually winning the NBA Finals in 2019.
VanVleet then proved he can be a legitimate star in this league, averaging 17.6 points per game for the Raptors last season. That production allowed him to cash in this offseason, as he signed a four-year deal worth $85 million to stay in Toronto.
Immediately after signing his new contract, VanVleet revisited his old tweet.
FVV's reported $85M deal is the largest contract for an undrafted player in NBA history.
Always bet on yourself 🙏
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 21, 2020
VanVleet’s new deal is the largest one for an undrafted player in NBA history.
This story should serve as a reminder to any player who wasn’t drafted earlier this week that you can still make at impact at the next level. If you don’t believe us, just look at what VanVleet has accomplished over the past two years alone.
It’ll be fun to see if VanVleet can improve his game even more. He’s already considered a legitimate playmaker, but another year of improvement could make him an All-Star in the Eastern Conference.