Indian athletes making their mark in National Basketball Association (NBA)

Since this sport had a grip in India, it has seen many Indian players making big

Basketball as a sport has long been dominant in the west with slowly making inroads into India. Since its advent in India, many athletes with soaring heights have found their stronghold in the sport. Many Indian athletes have made their way to the world’s prestigious league, National Basketball Association, and have been playing on the international courts. It was in the year 2015 that the sun of basketball rose in India, with basketball player Sim Bhullar becoming the first player of Indian descent to play in an NBA game. Since then, there has been no looking for Indians with great height making it to the international league. Here is taking an account the various basketball players from India making a mark in the west.

Satnam Singh

Standing at 7-foot-3inchs tall, the basketball player made history by becoming the first Indian and Sikh player to be selected in the NBA Draft playing in the centre position. Singh recently played on the Mavericks’ Summer League team and is currently with All Elite Wrestling. The 26-year-old is also a professional wrestler after he was banned in the case of doping. He played high school basketball at IMG Academy in Florida and has participated in only eight games in the 2016-17 seasons.

Amjyot Singh

Singh started by playing for the Tokyo Excellence of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) and the Delhi Capitals of the UBA Pro Basketball League. With a height of 6 ft 8 inches, Singh primarily stands at the forwarding position. The 29-year-old has played in several editions of the FIBA Asia Championship. Amjyot Singh, a 6’8″ forward, went undrafted in 2014. Singh joined the 2017-18 season of the Thunder’s G-League affiliate called Oklahoma City Blue. Currently, the player is on the Blue’s roster for the next G-League season.

Principal Singh

The 20-year-old is currently playing for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL). Listed at 6 feet 9 inches, he is placed at the forward and centre position. After training at the NBA Academy in New Delhi, he was called up to the NBA Global Academy at the Australian Institute of Sport. Finally, in 2019 Singh played for the BA Centre of Excellence in the NBL1.

Palpreet Singh

With a height of 6’9”, Palpreet stands at the forward position on the court. He was drafted to the Long Island Nets in the fourth round of the 2016 NBA Developmental League.

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