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Filipino Bobby Ray Parks Jr. Chosen by Texas Legends in Second Round of 2015 NBA D-League Draft

By Jesse Robbins | October 31, 2015

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is a name that basketball diehards will recognize. You know the type – the fans who mull over training camp rosters and watch every NBA Summer League game. They’ve heard his name a few times this year. Now, they’ll get a chance to watch Parks in action with the Texas Legends.

Parks was drafted 25th overall in the second round Saturday’s 2015 NBA Development League Draft, becoming the highest drafted Filipino basketball player ever.

Parks is the son of the late Bobby Ray Parks Sr., who is one of the most celebrated players of all-time in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). The elder Parks was a 7-time PBA Best Import player of the year and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2009.

So, it’s no wonder that his son is following in his father’s footsteps professionally. Parks Jr. most recently played with the Dallas Mavericks — the Legends’ parent Club — in the NBA preseason, and before that with the Mavericks’ Summer League squad.

The 6-foot-4 guard was the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup MVP in 2015, and now he’s set to bring those skills he displayed in the Philippines stateside as he works toward the goal of playing at the NBA level.

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