German-Brazilian Basketball Talent Prepares for NBA Draft: Tristan da Silva’s Journey to the Big League

German-Brazilian Basketball Talent Prepares for NBA Draft: Tristan da Silva’s Journey to the Big League

The German-Brazilian basketball player is considered a great talent. The 23-year-old will take part in the NBA draft in 2024 – then it will be clear which team he will play for. (IMAGO / USA TODAY Network / IMAGO / Trevor Ruszkowski)

When Tristan da Silva talks about his journey, it sounds relaxed and logical. The Munich native will be the next German to move to the NBA, the strongest basketball league of all. He has spent the past four years studying and playing at the university in Colorado. “I went to college with almost no expectations. I didn’t know how the Americans play basketball.”

The 23-year-old knows that now and will soon know which professional team will select him at the talent exchange, the draft. “NBA Draft – when you hear that, everyone thinks: crazy! I think the same thing and ask myself: how did I get here? … It’s still crazy.”

Besides basketball, he also played the trumpet for a long time

He started at the DJK Sportbund in Munich. Basketball was his hobby and playing the trumpet was just as important. At that time, Tristan da Silva played in two orchestras. I always liked it when I came into the first few rehearsals in the orchestra and it sounded terrible because no one had practiced their part and no one knew how it should sound.” But over time, everyone got along, like a basketball team. “That’s what I liked most about the orchestra: creating something really beautiful as a team.”

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Brother Oscar fights for a place in the Olympic squad

It took a while for basketball to become more important than the trumpet. At 17, Tristan da Silva moved to MTSV Schwabing and the IBAM, the International Basketball Academy Munich. And that’s where individual training got serious. His older brother, Oscar da Silva, also worked hard in the small hall at Münchner Freiheit. He has been a professional for a long time, spent the last two years at FC Barcelona and is currently fighting for a place in the German national team’s Olympic squad.

His brother Tristan is even more talented. “He just plays basketball the way it should be played. He doesn’t think too much, he just plays,” says Oscar. Mom Christine goes in a similar direction: “He dances around the court like a Brazilian. I don’t know much about basketball. But I see it. It’s like that!” – “Well said.”“Very light-footed.”

Mama Christine on the NBA draft: “It’s a bit surreal”

He may have gotten his light-footedness from his dad Valdemar, who comes from Brazil. The whole da Silva family has now flown to New York and is waiting for the draft. “It’s a bit surreal. I think it’s crazy,” says mom Christine. On Thursday night at the draft it will become clear which NBA team Tristan da Silva will end up with.

2024-06-24 16:18:31
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