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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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Dribbling is solely the act of continuous bouncing of the ball with the help of your hand, which is fundamental to basketball. However, if you wish to master the game, it is necessary to understand the tricks and tactics that come with it.
Before we dive into various dribbling drills, let’s first get our position right. Bend your knees while keeping your chest up; this will allow you to look forward and keep an eye on the floor. Try looking forward while dribbling to have a clear vision of the court. Always use your fingertips to dribble instead of your palm; spread your fingers around the ball to achieve better control over it.
Moving forward, let’s start with stationary dribbling drills:
1) Ball Slaps – Hold the ball in one hand and slap as hard as you can with the other one. Now, switch the hand and repeat it. This drill can prove to be a very effective warm-up.
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2) Wraps – There are various sorts of wraps. You can practice each one separately, and then club them together.
– Around the ankle: Wrap the ball around your ankle without letting the ball touch the ground.
– Around the waist: Wrap the ball in a circular motion around your waist.
– Around the head: Wrap the ball in a circular motion around your head.
– The figure of eight: Wrap the ball around your legs, making an eight.
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3) Pound dribble – This drill requires you to bend forward and dribble the ball a few inches off the ground with one hand while looking forward. Start with your right hand first and then repeat with the left hand.
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4) Kills – This drill involves dribbling gradually from ankle to shoulder height. Start dribbling from your ankle, and with each bounce gradually increase the height until the ball reaches your shoulder. As and when the ball reaches your shoulder, kill the ball and start from the ankle again. Execute this drill with both your hands, one after the other.
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Stationary dribbling drills can be a good warm-up before your daily practice routine. Next, let’s take a look at the various on the move drills that will help you scale up your game:
1. Change of Speed Dribbling – This is an excellent drill that improves your control over the ball and teaches change of pace, which is quite helpful during a match. To execute this drill, take two balls (one in each hand) and divide your sleep levels.
2. Tight Cone Ladder – This is a high-intensity drill that improves ball handling, footwork, finishing, and shooting. For this drill, set up cones on the basketball court, in a way that they lead the player towards the rim. The cones should have enough space between them for you to dribble. As you go through them, the cones should be between your legs. You can dry different combinations of dribbling, in which each time the ball lands between the cones. Finish the set with a jump shot.
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