Satnam Singh Bhamara is only 19 years old, 7 ft. 2 in. tall and weighs 290 lb. He also just became the first-ever basketball player from India to be drafted into the NBA, when the Dallas Mavericks announced Thursday night that they selected him with their 52nd pick. Meet Satnam Singh Bhamara.
Born in a small village in Punjab that has a population of around 700, Singh was noticed while playing at local clubs and moved to the U.S. in 2010 to train at the IMG Academy in Florida.
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.
Mark Cuban is a businessman first. He knows what this draft will do for his franchise and ticket sales…just like Jeremy Lin did for the The Knicks (ticket sales were up 30% and a new face of fans – Asians – began to be seen in the stands.), until the were stupid enough to trade him!