San Antonio Spurs rookie guard Brandon Paul is relishing every opportunity he gets this season. One of these opportunities was playing in front of his family and friends in Chicago, IL where he played high school.
Via Chicago Tribune:
“It was very humbling to play in the United Center and see how many people came out to support me,” Paul said.
From his spot, he was watching his current team play the one he grew up cheering for.
Paul attended the University of Illinois before he went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft.
His first workout after the draft was with San Antonio. Unfortunately, it did not lead to a signing. So, he went from Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod to the Canton (Ohio) Charge of the G-League to Spain’s FIATC Joventut and Turkey’s Anadolu Efes.
Throughout his journey, he maintained his confidence and faith. He believed that one day he would play in the NBA. He thinks his drive and motivation to get better led him to where he is now.
“A lot of kids have dreams to play at this level. It’s a very tough gig to get, but I always stayed the course and had confidence in myself. I played my game. And now that I’m here, my goal is to stay.”
In San Antonio’s last game against the Bulls, Paul came off the bench and scored 15 points. He added to his production by grabbing five rebounds.
On the season, he is averaging 5.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.