Daniel Santiago

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Daniel Santiago
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No. 25 – Cangrejeros de Santurce
Position Center
League BSN
Personal information
Born (1976-06-24) June 24, 1976 (age 38)
Lubbock, Texas
Nationality American / Puerto Rican
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
College New Mexico Military Institute (1994–1995)
New Mexico (1995–1997)
Saint Vincent (1997–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Undrafted
Pro career 1996–present
Career history
1996–1998 Vaqueros de Bayamón
1998–2000 Pallacanestro Varese
2000–2001 Phoenix Suns
2001 Vaqueros de Bayamón
2001–2002 Phoenix Suns
2002 Vaqueros de Bayamón
2002–2003 Lottomatica Roma
20032005 Milwaukee Bucks
2005–2008 Unicaja Málaga
2008–2009 Barcelona
2009 Vaqueros de Bayamón
2009–2010 Efes Pilsen
2010 Capitanes de Arecibo
2010 Spirou Charleroi
2011–2012 Capitanes de Arecibo
2012–2013 Boca Juniors
2013 Mets de Guaynabo
2014–present Cangrejeros de Santurce
Career highlights and awards

Daniel Gregg Santiago (born June 24, 1976) is an American-born Puerto Rican professional basketball player, currently playing at the center position for the Cangrejeros de Santurce. He has played in the NBA, NCAA, NAIA, and the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico, and overseas in Italy, Spain, and Argentina. Santiago has also been a member of the Puerto Rican national team since 1998.


Santiago's paternal grandfather, Pedro Rodríguez, was a well known baseball player in Puerto Rico and emigrated to the United States to play. Due to his small stature he was nicknamed "Jockey," while grandson Daniel received the "El Gigante" (the giant) moniker. Puerto Rico's Jockey Rodríguez retired from baseball with the Albuquerque Dukes team under the name Pedro Santiago.

Santiago was raised in the West Texas area of Lamesa on a cotton farm and later in Albuquerque, New Mexico where his parents, Stan and Diana Santiago, originated. He has two younger brothers, Matthew and Jarrett Santiago. Santiago attended and played Junior College basketball at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico and played NCAA Division I basketball at the University of New Mexico. He finished up his collegiate career at the NAIA school of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he was named NAIA player of the year.[1]

In Puerto Rico, Santiago played professionally on the National Superior Basketball League with the Vaqueros. He started playing in Bayamón in the mid-1990s, helping the team to various national championships and tournament finals. Between 1998 and 2000, he played for Varese Roosters of the Italian league and, in 2000 and 2001, with the NBA's Phoenix Suns as a back-up center. He was released from the Suns after the 2001 campaign was over. In 2003, Santiago returned to the NBA, with the Milwaukee Bucks, playing two consecutive seasons.

In 2002, Santiago represented Puerto Rican national team at the Indianapolis 2002 FIBA World Championship, and also played in the 2004 Olympic team that handed the United States their first defeat in Olympic play since they began using professional players. Santiago again represented Puerto Rico in the 2006 World Championship, retiring from the national side in 2007, only to return the following year.

In 2005, Santiago signed for a season with Spanish ACB League's Unicaja Málaga. After winning the 2006 league, he signed a further two-year deal with the Andalusia outfit. In 2008, Santiago signed with Regal FC Barcelona and the team took third place in 2009 Euroloeague.

In July 2009,Santiago came back from a 7-year absence to the Baloncesto Superior Nacional in Puerto Rico to play for the Bayamón Cowboys. In September 2009 he signed with Efes Pilsen S.K. of Turkey.[2] In October 2010 he signed with Spirou Charleroi.[3] In January 2011 he joined Capitanes de Arecibo.[4]

In September 2012, Santiago signed with Boca Juniors in Argentina.[5] In March 2013, he was selected as the league's best center for the season.[6] In May 2013, he joined the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico.[7]

Career stats[edit]

Santiago's NBA stats in 122 games were: 417 points (3.4 PPG), 260 rebounds (2.1 RPG), 38 assists (0.3 APG), 39 steals (0.3 SPG) and 47 blocks (0.4 BPG). He shot a .469 field goal percentage, with .685 from the line.

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