In the recently conducted NBA Draft, Satnam Singh was drafted by Dallas Mavericks as the 52nd pick of the draft.
In the process, he became the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA. He has warmed many hearts around globe with his wholeheartedness, and made the whole of India proud.
Bhullar vs Singh
The only other player India can associate with the NBA is Sim Bhullar. He was born in Toronto but has Indian parents and recently visited the Jewel of Asia to promote basketball in the country. He made history by being the first player of Indian descent to play and score in the NBA. He did so by playing three matches for the Sacremento Kings, and scoring two points.
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Here, we will compare these two powerhouses. These two already have massive fan followings on social networks like Facebook and Twitter..
The giant wins the battle when it comes to height being the sixth-tallest player to ever play in the NBA, standing at a colossal 226 cm. Bhullar started his schooling in Ontario but later moved to The Kiski School in Pennysylvania. He averaged an amazing near triple-double per game for his school. His stats read 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks on an average.
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After graduating from high-school, Sim committed to play for Xavier University in Ohio. He later decommitted, and started playing for the New Mexico City Aggies(NMSA) in his freshman season.
Bhullar was the Western Athletic Conference MVP in both his freshman and sophomore year. In spite of this, he decided to forego his final two years of college availability to directly declare for the NBA draft.
Sacremento Kings picked up Bhullar in April earlier this year on a ten day contract. The kings had acquired him earlier too but had waived him without him playing a match. He played just three matches as a late substitute and was later released after his contact expire
“NBA is a hard league to get into. The aim is to get better day by day."
While, Bhullar might have usurped him in sheer size, Satnam is no slouch when it comes to his height, being a gigantic 218 cm. This is ironic as Satnam name in his childhood was "chotu" or "the little one".
Satnam comes from a small town of 800 people in Punjab and has humble beginnings. It was a dream come true for the 14-year-old when the IMG Academy selected him, along with the nation’s best talents, and exported them to the U.S. in a talent search program initiative.
Satnam trained with IMG throughout high-school. He played for their graduate team in the 2014-15 season. He had an impressive average of 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in less than 20 minutes per game.
Due to academic roadblocks, Satnam could not secure a scholarship to play in the NCAA. To take care of that problem, Satnam declared himself for the NBA Draft.
"There are a billion new fans of the Mavericks now"
His future coach also remarked tongue-in-cheek that he could be a legend in Dallas. This was a reference to him being made to hone his skills at Dallas' feeder club Texas Legends.
It was a unique instance, happening for the first time since the 2005 NBA draft. A player had declared to enter the draft without playing in college, overseas, or in the NBA Development League.
At the tender age of 15, after relocating to the U.S., Satnam played for his homeland India. In doing that he became the youngest ever to play for them and represented India at the 2011 and 2013 FIBA Championships.
Sim Bhullar wins this face-off with Satnam Singh, due to his sheer size and experience at NCAA and NBA level. But yet, Satnam remains at a malleable age and and the right coaches could mould him into one of the future.
Whoever might be better, these two have gained cult status in the nation and etched their names into the record books. They will hope to trigger a basketball revolution in their country of origin and find a billion more Satnams or Sim Bhullars.