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Published:December 7th, 2008 14:40 EST
Hamed Haddadi has a Long Career in NBA

Hamed Haddadi has a Long Career in NBA

By Suren Hossein

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.