After the 2022 NBA Draft ended, teams quickly moved to sign the best players available making three former Overtime Elite players in high demand across the league.
Dominick Barlow signed a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs minutes after the draft ended. Originally from Dumont, New Jersey, Barlow signed with Overtime Elite for their inaugural season and quickly became one of the best players in the league. Labeled “The Hardest Working Man in Basketball”, Barlow steadily improved throughout the year leading Team Overtime to a second place finish in the league through the regular season. They never lost to external competition outside of OTE.
Barlow averaged 23.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.8 steals per 40 minutes and led the league in true-shooting percentage at 63.3%. He scored in double figures in all but three games this season and posted a career high 27 points after hitting five threes against DME Academy.
NBA teams can have up to two players under NBA Two-Way contracts who will spend the bulk of their season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team to help their development. The Spurs, known for developing their players extremely well, are making Barlow one of those two-way contracts setting up a perfect situation.
Jean Montero signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the New York Knicks, allowing him to participate in their training camp and for them to control his G League rights. An Exhibit 10 contract can be converted to a two-way deal before the regular season begins.
Montero became the first international prospect to sign with Overtime Elite and then became the scoring champion for OTE’s inaugural season. He led the league scoring 20-plus points in five games and holds the single-game scoring record posting 33 points at Combine Academy. Statistically, he finished in the top three in the league in points, assists and steals.
Jai Smith was the third OTE player to get his shot in the NBA as he agreed to play for the Sacramento Kings summer league team. He played with Barlow and Montero on Team Overtime. Smith averaged 18.4 points per game and 14.5 rebounds per game per 40 minutes.
The three players are the first OTE players to sign on with NBA franchises and they join Emmanuel Maldonado, who was drafted to play in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional league in Puerto Rico, in becoming the first athletes at OTE to sign with professional basketball leagues.
The second season for Overtime Elite will start this fall in Atlanta.