Good news for all basketball fans in India!
Satnam Singh Bhamara is going to become the 1st ever Indian to make a debut in NBA after he was picked by Dallas Mavericks in the NBA draft. He became their 52nd pick.
Satnam who has a height of 7 ft 2 inches and weighs roughly about 132 kgs, has also played for the Indian national basketball team.
Singh hails from Ballo Ke, a village of about 800 in the Indian state of Punjab. He moved to the United States in September 2010 as part of a scholarship program between IMG Academy and Reliance, one of the dominant companies in India. During the 2014–15 season, he averaged 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game for IMG, the No. 2 ranked team in the country.
The Mavericks website says that Satnam averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in six games at the 2013 FIBA Asia Championships.
” This is something really positive for India Basketball during some tough times… really proud of you Satnam!” former Indian basketball coach Scott Fleming tweeted.
This is something really positive for India Basketball during some tough times…really proud of you Satnam!
— Scott Flemming (@scottwflemming) June 26, 2015
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) June 26, 2015
“Singh came to the United States in September 2010 as part of a scholarship program between IMG and Reliance, one of the dominant companies in India. He’s gone from speaking no English to becoming comfortable in conversation,” a Sports Illustrated report said.
An ESPN feature on Satnam says: For Satnam — who dreamed of being Kobe — hardly a day went by when someone didn’t say something to him about Yao Ming, about becoming that one big star who ushers a nation of a billion strong onto the world’s basketball court, the giant who becomes the catalyst for creating wealth beyond all imagining.
Here is a video showing young 14 year old satnam in action: