Satnam Singh: India’s first National Basketball Association (NBA) player

Satnam Singh: India’s first National Basketball Association (NBA) player

Satnam Singh Bhamara (born December 10, 1995) is an Indian professional basketball player for the St. John’s Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL). He became the first Indian player to be drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) when the Dallas Mavericks selected him with the 52nd overall pick of the 2015 NBA draft. At 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) and 290 pounds (130 kg), Singh plays the center position. He played high school basketball at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

National team career

In the summer of 2009, when he was 13 years old, Singh played for the Indian national under-16 basketball team at the 2009 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship hosted by Johor Bahru, Malaysia. He averaged 1.5 points per game in limited minutes, as his team finished in 10th place. Singh debuted for the senior Indian national team at the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, where he averaged 2.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. At the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, he received more playing time, averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds for India. Singh returned to his national team for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon. However, he struggled to keep up with the pace and only played about 8 minutes per game during the tournament. Singh averaged just 1 point and 0.7 rebounds through three games. In 2017 and 2018, he joined India at 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification, assuming a leading role due to the absences of multiple key players.

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