Who Is Satnam Singh? Meet The First Indian-born NBA Draftee
Joshua Needelman 03:06 pm, June 26th, 2015
Don't know who Satnam Singh is? Well, you're going to start learning a lot about him. Last night, the Dallas Mavericks made history when they made Singh first ever the first Indian-born draftee with the 52nd pick.
Singh, who stands 7 feet, two inches, is expected to begin his career in the NBA's Developmental League and probably won't see professional minutes for awhile. But when he does, you might as well know a thing or two about him.
Get to know Singh:
-He's from Ballo Ke, a tiny village in Punjab with just under 700 inhabitants.
-He's 19-years-old, so he's still not legal
-His grandmother is 6 feet, 9 inches tall
-His father is 7 feet, 2 inches tall
Don't let the historical significance of the pick fool you, though. Singh can play (via Sports Illustrated):
Singh is currently in Florida at IMG Academy, where he played for the post graduate team and averaged 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game for the No. 2 team in the country. He drew recruiting interest from Purdue, Pittsburgh, USC, USF and UMass.
He's not going to be chasing after opposing stretch-forwards and centers, however:
Dirk Nowitzki on Satnam Singh: "I didn't think it was possible but we drafted somebody slower than me"