– First ever Indian NBA draft pick to feature in the 2015 Summer League for Mavs that will start on July 10 –
Mumbai, July 9, 2015: The Dallas Mavericks welcomed a new era for basketball in India. Nineteen-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara was introduced as the first-ever Indian NBA Draft pick in Dallas on Wednesday.
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle, newly hired Legends head coach Nick Van Exel and Donnie Nelson — a co-owner of the Legends — once again reiterated the franchise’s plan for Singh to play in the NBA D-League in order to gain more experience.
Nelson said, “He will be with us in the Las Vegas Summer League, but certainly a project that as he develops will continue to work underneath coach Carlisle, myself, Nick Van Exel and our coaching staff and develop eventually into an NBA player.”
Singh said Wednesday that he’s received many messages on Facebook and elsewhere since being draft with the No. 52 overall pick and has been called so many times that his agent changed his phone number. “Now I’m just focused on my basketball. I have [a] great team, great coaches, great players and a great opportunity,” Singh said.
Head coach Carlisle also had words of praise for the 7 foot 2 inch player. “The decision to basically make him a D-Leaguer initially is a very good decision. And he understands, he likes it, he’s willing to do it. He needs experience playing over here. Guys like this — this size and with the softness of his hands and his footwork — aren’t grown on trees,” Carlisle pointed.
Mavs also introduced their top pick Justin Anderson. The Dallas Mavericks selected Anderson with the No. 21 overall pick in the first round of this year’s NBA Draft. Anderson and Singh will both play on the Mavericks’ team in the Las Vegas Summer League, which tips off on Friday, July 10, 2015 in Las Vegas.