Basketball Players of Indian Origin who made it to the NBA Draft

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is among one of the world’s most celebrated leagues. If you are an aspiring basketball player, then being a part of one of the 30 NBA teams is like a dream come true.

Over the 74 seasons of NBA games, we’ve watched and appreciated players like Tim Dunkan, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. But for all the Indian fans, we worship the players from our country who made it big as a sportsperson. The era of Indian players in the NBA games started in 2015 when Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to play in an NBA game. Since then, the world has seen three other players who have been rostered or participated in either the NBA Summer League or G-League.

Let’s take a look at them:

1. Sim Bhullar

Sim Bhullar, a 7’3” centre, was undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft but jumped on the Sacramento Kings Summer League team that offseason. He then went on board with the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ G-League affiliate, where he played most of his 2014-15 season. Later that season, Sacramento Kings signed him to a 10-day contract. On April 8 2015, he became the first Indian player to score in an NBA game after securing two points against Utah Jazz. In the 2015-16 season, he played for the Toronto Raptors’ G-League affiliate, the Raptors 905. He currently plays in NBL China for Guangxi Weizhuang.

2. Satnam Singh

Even though Bhullar became the first Indian to play in an NBA Game, Satnam Singh, a 7’2” centre, made history by becoming the first Indian player to be selected in the NBA Draft. In the second round of the 2015 NBA draft, he was picked up by Dallas Mavericks. However, he was dismissed by the Maverick and picked up by their G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.
In the 2016-17 season, he was resigned by the Legends. He currently plays for the St. John’s Edge in the NBL of Canada.

3. Amjyot Singh

Amjyot Singh, a 6’8” forward, went undrafted in 2014. In the 2017-18n season, he joined the Thunder’s G-League affiliate called Oklahoma City Blue. The Blue waived him at the end of the season, only to sign him back five days later. He is currently on the Blue’s roster for the next G-League season.

4. Palpreet Singh

Even though Palpreet Singh, a 6’9” forward, was drafted to the Long Island Nets in the fourth round of the 2016 NBA Developmental League, he hasn’t played an NBA or G-League game yet.


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10 Little-Known Facts About IPL

Cricket is by far the most followed sport in India, and as much as we love all the other leagues, our heart belongs to IPL. The Indian Premier League instantly gained popularity among Indians, given to its 20-over format and fame of the national and international players who are a part of it.

A true IPL fan makes sure that they are up-to-date with everything happening in the field and behind the scenes. Here are 10 little-known facts about IPL that will surprise you:

#1: In 2015, Yuvraj Singh became the highest purchased player for 16 crores, which was more than the winning price of the game, that being 15 crores.

#2: Kings XI Punjab is the only team that has changed its captain 11 times in the course of IPL. On the contrary, Chennai Super Kings is the only team who’s captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been constant since the first match.

#3: Sachin Tendulkar became the first Indian player to win an orange cap in IPL.

#4: Praveen Kumar holds the record of bowling the highest number of dots in the history of IPL. With 1,109 dot balls, he is the most consistent leg-spinner in the league. He has also bowled the most maiden overs.

#5: With 335 sixes, Chris Gayle has the most number of sixes in his name.

#6: In every season, IPL wears green jerseys for one match to promote the ‘Go Green’ initiative. This year they wore it against CSK.

#7: K.L. Rahul holds the record of fastest 50 (in 14 balls) and Chris Gayle holds the record of fastest 100 (in 30 balls) in IPL.

#8: The broadcasting rights for IPL were sold for a prodigious ₹16347.5 crore to Star India Network, which implies 1 ball price around 21 Lakh Rupees.

#9: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the only bowler to have won the purple cap twice in IPL history. Chris Gayle and David Warner won the orange cap twice.

#10: 3 players have won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award in the IPL history.

  1. Andre Russell – 2015 and 2019
  2. Sunil Narine – 2012 and 2018
  3. Shane Watson – 2008 and 2013


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