Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum speaks during the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
We really like the idea of “the greatest international frontcourt tandem in the history of the game” between our living legend Dirk Nowitzki and the recent 52nd pick Satnam Singh, an Indian born with the body of Shaquille O’Neal. He was the first player in NBA history to be drafted from the country of India.
Of course, the NBA is still too much of a dangerous jungle even for the 7’2″ center, who has zero experience playing on an international stage, let alone the highest basketball podium in the world.
While it may sound naïve passing up on legit second round talent like Robert Upshaw or Cliff Alexander, Mark Cuban and the Mavericks made the best story out of this draft, setting the international bar and opening millions of eyes in Far East about the chances to play basketball in the NBA.
He’s going to have a rough first few steps ahead of him, and as long as that mentality doesn’t “Singh” playing for the Texan Legends in D-League, chances are general managers around the league would recognize the talent. But for now, we’ll just have to see what the massive Indian big man can do in Summer League.
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