when the Dallas Mavericks announced Thursday night that they selected Satnam Singh Bhamara with their 52nd pick, they had just made history by making him the first Indian to make it to the NBA.
At only 19 years old, 7 ft. 2 in. tall and weighs 290 lb, Singh joins Canada’s Sim Bhullar, who became the first player of Indian ethnicity in the NBA when he took to the court for the Sacramento Kings earlier this year, in boosting the increasing popularity of basketball in India.
“I’m over the moon,” an excited Singh said to Indian news channel NDTV after the draft. “I hope this opens new avenues for many more Indian basketball players in the future.”
Mavs owner Mark Cuban on drafting India’s Satnam Singh Bhamara: “There’s a billion new Mavs fans out there right now.’’