Palo Keeps Getting Better with Age, Earns First NBA Camp Invite

By Matt Dykstra | October 17, 2019

It was announced Tuesday that the Miami HEAT signed veteran Skyforce guard Bubu Palo to a training camp deal. Though most signs are pointing to his eventual return to Sioux Falls, this marks Palo’s first crack at an NBA training camp now in his sixth season as a professional.

“I’m honored to get a chance to show what I can do against other NBA players and I’m glad this opportunity could come with the HEAT organization,” said Skyforce veteran Bubu Palo. “This is a blessing and another step in the right direction for me, and I’m excited to keep pushing toward my ultimate goal of playing at the sport’s highest level.”

Even if the camp invite was just a courtesy for all the hard work Palo has put in with the Skyforce over the years, Palo has earned it. He’s been an iron man in Sioux Falls, and is now just 53 games away from tying Skyforce Hall of Famer David Bailey for the most games played in franchise history.

The 2016 NBA G League Champion keeps getting better with age. Last season was his best statistical season as a pro, averaging 13.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 44.0 percent from three-point range. Though his averages were a bit higher during his 2016-17 campaign, he played in just 25 games that season due to injury. Palo left his mark over the Force’s final eight games last season, scoring 20-or-more points on six occasions and exceeding 10 assists in four of those contests.

In Sioux Falls’ final home game of the season last year, Palo cruised his way to a 33-point, 10-assist, nine-rebound performance while making 10-of-12 attempts from the free throw line.

Whether he ends up on the HEAT’s roster, back in Sioux Falls for year six, or elsewhere this season, it’s safe to assume Palo will be playing the best basketball of his career. If Palo returns to the Skyforce, he has a chance to build on some of his already-record-breaking-numbers.

As a reminder, here’s where Palo ranks in the Skyforce franchise history books:
1st all-time in free throws made (687)
1st all-time in free throws attempted (866)
5th all-time in games played (154)
6th all-time in career assists (557)
8th all-time in minutes played (4,335)
10th all-time in points scored (1,814)

The 28-year-old veteran has continued to take full advantage of his time in the NBA G League. Now after getting a chance at competing with the HEAT squad in camp, Sioux Falls fans can rest assured that Palo is going to approach this season with the same fire that he has in years past.