Professional Mexican basketball player, Jorge Gutierrez, just signed a multiyear contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Executives of the Bucks along with Coach Jason Kidd, one of the best point guards of all time, must really like what they see in Gutierrez to sign him before other teams get to meet with him at the end of the season. In 2015 Gutierrez averaged 3.6 points, 2.1 rebounds in 13.1 minutes, which will most likely go up once he gets more playing time.
Gutierrez, 26, born in Chihuahua, Mexico, was a NCAA Pacific-12 Conference Player of the Year and Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the Golden Bears of California University in 2011-12.
Even with all those collegiate basketball accolades and awards, he wasn’t drafted. But that’s ok because he still got in. Gutierrez entered the junior varsity of the NBA, NBD-League. The Brooklyn Nets signed him to a 10-day contract allowing then Nets coach Kidd to witness Gutierrez’s hard work ethics and basketball talents.
Gutierrez is the fourth Mexican to play professional basketball in the NBA. Horacio Llamas is the first Mexican to ever play at the professional level. At 6’ 11’ Llamas played for the Phoenix Suns in 1996. In 2000, 6’ 8” Eduardo Najera was drafted by the Houston Rockets and played six teams within a 12-year career. Gustavo Ayon was another tall glass of chile. He was an undrafted 6’ 10” center that played for four NBA teams. He continues to play professionally in Spain, where the competition is not easy.