Ballarat’s Sam Short is living the dream in the National Basketball League.
In his first season as a development player with Melbourne United, Short in the opening few weeks has played against NBA powerhouse Oklahoma City Thunder in the United States and made his NBL debut.
He found himself going head-to-head with NBA superstar and reigning most valuable player Russell Westbrook on the US trip.
Short’s NBL debut came in a 99-79 win over Adelaide 36ers on Saturday. He had two minutes on court and picked up one rebound.
Short is one of three players from last season’s Ballarat Miners’ roster in their first season with Melbourne, joining Craig Moller and Peter Hooley.
Short has been part of a massive start to the summer for his family, with brother Matt figuring prominently as an all-rounder Victorian Bushrangers in the domestic interstate one-day cricket competition.
Short, who has re-signed with Melbourne Renegades for the Big Bash, is averaging 47.25 across five games.