Satnam Singh, the basketball sensation from India hails from a village called Bloke in the state of Punjab on 10th December 1995. Singh’s father Balbir Singh with an exceptional height of 7 feet 4 inches also played basketball. He was different from everybody in the village. Basketball was introduced to him by his father who mounted a hoop in the fields near his house at the age of 9 when he stood 5 foot 9 inches.
Satnam Singh enrolled at the Ludhiana basketball academy at the age of 10. There he was introduced to the game from a different perspective and there was no turning back from thereon. In June 2010, Singh led the Punjab youth state team to a national championship which made him the best choice of the BFI to play an NBA Basketball without borders camp in Singapore. Singh managed to easily compete with the members of the national basketball team. BFI’s head coach Mr. Harish Sharma recommended Singh for IMGR to consider him for a scholarship. He was later awarded a scholarship and was shifted to Bradenton, Florida in September 2010.
Singh’s professional career started when he was announced as an early entrant for the 2015 NBA draft. He was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 52nd overall pick, becoming the first Indian-born player to be drafted to the NBA. He was also the first player since the 2005 draft to enter without playing in college,overseas professionally or in the NBA Development league.
Singh joined the Dallas Mavericks for the NBA summer league in 2015. He was acquired by the Texas Legends, the G League affiliate of the Mavericks that same year and averaged 1.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 7 minutes per game. After playing the 2016-17 season he joined the mavs for the summer league of 2017. In 2018, Singh signed a contract with the St. Johns Edge of the National basketball league of Canada. In 2019 he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a sign and trade. Singh was part of other professional leagues back in India when he signed a contract with the UBA Pro basketball league.
Apart from these extraordinary performances outside of the country, Singh has made the country proud to be part of the national team. He was part of the U16 Indian basketball team at the 2009 FIBA Asia U16 Championship held in Malaysia. He debuted to the Senior Men’s team in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China. He was also part of the national squad in Lebanon in 2017 and at the qualification tournament of the FIBA world cup.
Satnam Singh will remain an idol to the youth of India trying to make it to the big leagues. He has proved nothing is impossible if you have the dedication and mindset to achieve what you have as a dream. Today, Singh is one of the top players in the country showcasing his talent to the entire world.