At the tender age of 28, Romain Sato is having the best season of his career thus far, shooting absolutely lights out from the perimeter (48% 3P through 15 games), while still maintaining the same terrific efficiency hes always been known for, only taking good shots and rarely turning the ball over. Satos terrific lengths allows him to rebound the ball like a man possessed and play outstanding defense at multiple positions, making him one of the most coveted wing players in Europe these days.
At some point, you have to wonder why he cant be playing a role similar to NBA players like Quentin Richardson, DeShawn Stevenson or Keith Bogans, as its not out of the question that hes better than them. Is the feeling mutual? We asked both Sato and his agent about the chances of him playing in the NBA next season, as his contract with Siena is ending and hell be a (very highly sought after) free agent this summer.
Romain has always wanted to play in the NBA, his agent Sam Goldfeder told us. For him the issue is playing. He is not interested to come to the NBA to sit.
Sato told us something similar, via email. Minutes and my role on a team are my main objective. I want to be on the court to contribute. Here in Europe I have a chance to play and improve my game every day. I'm looking for the same thing in the league.