Filipino-American Bobby “Ray” Parks Jr. went undrafted but was invited by the Dallas Mavericks to join the National Basketball Association (NBA) Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 10 to 20.
Parks’ agent Filipino player Charlie Dy announced the invitation through his instagram account: “The Dallas Mavericks officially invited @ray15parks to join their NBA Summer League team!!! Congrats Ray! Keep grinding’!!! #HonorThyFather #ThyWillBeDone #NBASummerLeague #DallasMavericks #RayParksJr.”
The Mavericks will play against the New Orleans Pelicans on July 12 in its first game in the Summer League.
Though he went undrafted, there is still a chance Parks could have the same good fortune as Jeremy Lin, Ben Wallace, John Starks, Brad Miller, David Wesley, Jose Calderon and Bruce Bowen, if the Mavericks decided to sign him up as a regular player. Parks could also play in the NBA Developmental League while waiting for his break in the NBA.
Parks, 22, the son of the late former Philippine Basketball Association seven-time best import Bobby Parks Sr., participated in several pre-draft workouts of the Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks early this week.
Besides Parks, another Filipino player who tried his luck in the NBA was the 6’9 Japeth Aguilar. Now with the Ginebra Gin Kings, Aguilar was drafted by the Sta. Cruz Warriors in the 2012 NBA Developmental League but didn’t make it as a regular NBA player.