Raymond Townsend And The NBA

Monday, December 22, 2008

Check out the article with Raymond Townsend down at Asian Journal. Townsend was the first Fil-Am to ever play in the NBA:

There was a Filipino-American who played in the NBA.

He was a groundbreaker for Filipinos, Fil-Ams and Asian Americans but he’s not recognized as one, as he should be.

Fil-Am Raymond Townsend played three seasons in the NBA. Many people forget his contributions because he played from 1978 to 1982, a time when the NBA was barely setting its foot to commercial success and the only race that mattered was black or white.

Townsend was the first Fil-Am to play in the NBA. He played for the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. He was the first Fil-Am and only Asian American to ever be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft.
First and only.

Check it out in full here.