Marcos Louzada Silva
|No. 0 – Sydney Kings|
|Born||2 July 1999|
Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil
|Listed height||1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Listed weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|NBA draft||2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
Marcos Henrique Louzada Silva (born 2 July 1999), commonly known as Didi, is a Brazilian professional basketball player for the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League (NBL). At the 2019 NBA draft, he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, before his rights being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Silva was born in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo. The first sport he played was futsal, but he decided to focus on basketball when he was 10 years old. Silva saw immediate success playing basketball for his school and joined the Liga Urbana Social de Basquete (LUSB) at age seven. He moved to NBB club Franca in January 2015 and initially played for the under-16 team. After one season, Silva competed in the Liga de Desenvolvimento de Basquete (LDB), an under-22 league, and led his team to a championship. In August 2016, Silva was one of 40 players invited to the National Basketball Association (NBA) Americas Team Camp in Mexico City.
Silva made his NBB debut for Franca on 16 February 2017, playing under two minutes in a 99–78 win over Pinheiros. On 26 January 2019, he recorded a career-high 27 points and six rebounds in a 100–70 victory over Nicaraguan club Real Estelí in the FIBA Americas League.
On 12 April 2019, Silva played for the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. On 19 April, he declared for the 2019 NBA draft. At the time, Silva was ranked by ESPN as the 61st-best prospect in the draft class. Silva was selected as the 35th pick of the 2019 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. His draft rights were later traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Sydney Kings (2019–present)
On July 5, Didi signed with the Sydney Kings in the National Basketball League (NBL), a league based in Australia. Silva joined the team through the NBL Next Stars program, which was created in the previous year to attract NBA draft prospects to the NBL.
National team career
In 2014, Silva joined the Brazilian national under-15 team at the FIBA South America Under-15 Championship in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. In five games, he averaged 4.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game, while winning the gold medal over Argentina. Silva played for the Brazilian national under-16 team at the 2015 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship in Bahía Blanca, Argentina. In five games, he averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game, as Brazil finished in sixth place.
On 10 September 2018, Silva was called up to play for the senior Brazilian national team in the second phase of 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification. He made his debut three days later, playing less than a minute in an 85–77 loss to Canada. On 21 February 2019, Silva scored 15 points in a 104–80 win over the Virgin Islands, helping Brazil qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
NBB career statistics
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- "NBA to bring fourth edition of Americas Team Camp presented by Nike to Mexico City". National Basketball Association. 3 August 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "Feb 16, 2017 - Pinheiros/Sky 78 at France 99". RealGM. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "Invicto, Sesi Franca garante classificação na Liga das Américas". Campeonato Brasileiro de Basquete. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "Jan 26, 2019 - France 100 at Real Esteli 70". RealGM. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- Suaide, Pedro (25 March 2019). "NBA: Didi, de Franca, é chamado para treino pré-draft, revela choro ao ver seu nome em rankings e abre seus sonhos" (in Portuguese). ESPN. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "2019 Nike Hoop Summit: World Select Team Announced" (PDF). Nike Hoop Summit. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- Givony, Jonathan (17 April 2019). "Brazilian Silva declares eligibility for NBA draft". ESPN. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "Pelicans acquire rights to Alexander-Walker, Hayes, Silva". NBA.com. July 7, 2019.
- "Marcos 'Didi' Louzada Silva joins Sydney Kings as part of NBL's Next Stars program". FOX Sports. July 5, 2019.
- "Marcos Silva's profile - 2014 South American U15 Championship for Men". FIBA. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "2014 South American U15 Championship for Men". FIBA. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "Marcos Silva's profile - 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men". FIBA. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "Didi Louzada Silva Player Profile". RealGM. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "Surpreso com convocação, Didi celebra chance de jogar ao lado de ídolos". Terra. 10 September 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- "Sep 13, 2018 - Brazil 77 at Canada 85". RealGM. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
- McCarthy, John (22 February 2019). "Virgin Islands Men's Basketball Team Dominated By Brazil 104-80". Virgin Islands Free Press. Retrieved 10 May 2019.