Esteban Batista is my new favorite NBA player.
He played the last two years for the Atlanta Hawks, playing sparingly with averages of just 1.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. He's now a restricted free agent and is not a sure bet to play in the NBA next season.
So why the love from Magic Valley Mormon? Turns out Esteban is from Uruguay, my second home. As a missionary I played my fair share of basketball on our days off, and it was growing pretty fast there. The kids were playing it a lot, and they had club teams in just about every city. But I had no idea they'd have NBA caliber players already. Well, player anyway.
Esteban also plays for the Uruguay national basketball team, which is currently in the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament. They just played the US, with the expected results. USA beat Uruguay 118-79, but my man Esteban scored 20, and had a few nice dunks in the process. Hopefully he'll get signed to play in the NBA again.