June 24, 1976 |
|Nationality||American / Puerto Rican|
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Undrafted|
|1996–1998||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2001||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2002||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2009||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2010||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2011–2012||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2013||Mets de Guaynabo|
|2014–2015||Cangrejeros de Santurce|
|Career highlights and awards|
Daniel Gregg Santiago (born June 24, 1976) is an American-born Puerto Rican former professional basketball player. A center, he had a collegiate career in the NCAA and NAIA. His professional career saw him play in the NBA, the Baloncesto Superior Nacional of Puerto Rico, and overseas. Santiago has played for the Puerto Rican national team since 1998 until 2014, including been part of the 2004 team that defeated the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.
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.
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, helping the side to a third finish in the 2008–09 Euroleague.
In July 2009, Santiago came back to the BSN after a 7-year absence, joining the Bayamón Cowboys. In September 2009 he signed with Efes Pilsen S.K. of Turkey. In October 2010 he signed with Spirou Charleroi. In January 2011 he joined Capitanes de Arecibo.
In September 2012, Santiago signed with Boca Juniors in Argentina. In March 2013, he was selected as the league's best center for the season. In May 2013, he joined the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico.
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.
Santiago's paternal grandfather, Pedro Santiago 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'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.
|1996||Vaqueros de Bayamón||BSN||23||?||.570||--||.690||3.3||.5||?||?||5.0|
|1998–99||Pallacanestro Varese||Lega A||36||18.4||.629||--||.663||3.5||.2||1.3||.8||6.1|
|2001||Vaqueros de Bayamón||BSN||6||?||.560||.000||.690||4.8||.7||?||?||10.2|
|2002–03||Lottomatica Roma||Lega A||42||29.3||.574||.333||.610||8.0||1.0||2.8||1.5||12.3|
|2009||Vaqueros de Bayamón||BSN||5||25.2||.488||.333||.500||6.6||3.4||1.4||1.2||11.2|
|2010||Capitanes de Arecibo||29||21.3||.554||.462||.738||5.7||1.1||.8||.7||11.0|
|2010–11||Spirou Charleroi||Ethias League||5||17.2||.577||--||.733||4.0||1.2||.4||1.0||8.2|
|2011||Capitanes de Arecibo||BSN||42||21.7||.577||.000||.715||5.8||1.7||.5||1.8||11.0|
|2012–13||Boca Juniors||Argentina LNB||49||24.2||.629||.286||.588||5.8||1.3||.8||1.1||11.9|
|2013||Mets de Guaynabo||BSN||24||24.8||.566||--||.591||5.9||1.9||.5||.9||10.2|
|2014||Cangrejeros de Santurce||47||22.1||.572||.000||.701||5.0||1.2||.5||1.0||9.7|
- "Puerto Rico 92, USA 73". Usabasketball.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011.
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