Barranquilla player Jaime Echenique had his first preseason presentation for the Washington Wizards last Tuesday. The Colombian, 2.11 meters tal
Barranquilla player Jaime Echenique had his first preseason presentation for the Washington Wizards last Tuesday.
The Colombian, 2.11 meters tall, had the opportunity to play for 7 minutes wearing the Wizards number “12” and scored 5 points in the game that his club played against the Houston Rockets.
Although the Wizards lost to the Texans 125-119 down, Echenique left good impressions.
The 24-year-old center could become the first Colombian to play the NBA. On October 19, the NBA season begins and the most important basketball league in the world could see the emergence of the first Colombian in this championship. Yesterday’s game was a historic step for Colombian basketball.
Echenique was one of the best South Americans in the Spanish Endesa League, where he defended the Acunsa GBC shirt.
The athlete left Spain in January and came to the United States to sign a contract with the Wizards and play the summer tournament in Las Vegas.
His performance in the “Summer League” was good and he played 37 minutes in 4 games where he scored 30 points. This earned him another contract: the exhibition contract 10, which he began to use yesterday when he scored 5 points to the Rockets.
Once this preseason is over, the Colombian must wait for the coach to include him in the main squad. If not, he could stay to play the “G League”, competition one scale below the NBA and with this he can be at the disposal of coach Wes Unsled Jr for when he requires it in the main team.
Two other Colombians have come to these instances. The first was the late Álvaro Teherán in 1991, the native of Bolívar managed to play 4 preseason games with the Sixers, a Philadelphia state team, but before the NBA began they notified him that he was out.
The last precedent is from 2018. Brian Angola signed an exhibition contract with the Orlando Magic and managed to play two preseason games, but in the end it did not enter into the coach’s plans.