Dakota Wizards general manager Tom Wagganer predicted Hamed Haddadi, their Iranian player, is set to prove himself in NBDL (National Basketball Development League) to have a long career in the NBA along with Memphis Grizzlies.
"It`s a great opportunity for us to continue our relationship with the Grizzlies and provide Hamed an opportunity to gain his vital experience in Dakota. Plus he seems like a nice kid who can help us win another D-League championship,"
When asked whether Haddadi deserves to play in the NBA, Wagganer said, "Undoubtedly Hamed deserves to earn a spot in the prestigious league. The talent level in the NBA is so high and nothing is guaranteed. As with anyone, if an NBA team feels that a player has the skills or the potential to play at the NBA level, he deserves a chance to earn a spot on a roster and then deserves a chance to fight with his teammates to earn playing time."
It is too soon to judge Haddadi`s qualities, he added.
"He`s only been with us for a week, so it`s tough to judge. From the practices that I`ve seen, he has a good feel for the game and he obviously has a great size. His biggest adjustment will come from getting used to the speed of the NBA game...which is why the D-League is a terrific opportunity for players like Hamed. I think Hamed is starting to get a better grasp of the pace of the game and if he continues to improve his conditioning, he can definitely make a big impact on our league, which will give him the foundation for a long career in the NBA," concluded Wagganer.