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Takeaways from 2021 G League Draft: Princepal Singh, LiAngelo Ball selected

The 2021 NBA G League Draft took place on Saturday, Oct. 23 (ET) with a handful of intriguing names drawn from the player pool.

The three-round draft saw 79 players selected to 28 G League teams, headlined by the selection of Indian-born star Princepal Singh to the Stockton Kings.

LiAngelo Ball, the brother of Lonzo and LaMelo, Zaire Wade, the son of Dwyane, and NBA veterans Lance Stephenson and Brandon Knight were also selected, all landing with different organizations.

We have you covered with takeaways from the draft below.

Takeaways from 2021 NBA G League Draft

Princepal Singh drafted by Stockton Kings

The Stockton Kings - affiliate of the Sacramento Kings - selected Singh with the 61st pick (Round 3, Pick 5) in the 2021 NBA G League Draft.

After helping the Kings earn the 2021 NBA Summer League championship in Las Vegas, the organization elected to keep Singh in-house, giving him a chance to compete for their G League team.

Singh made history this summer when the Kings took home the Summer League title, becoming the first Indian-born player to ever win an NBA championship at any level. The 6-foot-9 forward had two points and one rebound in the championship game, placing his name alongside the great Satnam Singh Bhamara as the only Indian players to ever score in an NBA contest.

Singh will look to continue to work toward his goal of reaching the NBA with his next step being the 2021-22 G League season with the Kings.

LiAngelo Ball drafted by Greensboro Swarm

As expected when he was waived by the Hornets, Ball will end up in the same organization as his younger brother, LaMelo, after being drafted by the Greensboro Swarm with the 14th pick in the 2021 NBA G League Draft.

The 22-year-old's selection comes on the heels of a solid showing at the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 9.6 points over five games while shooting 34.5 percent from 3.

He scored double figures in each of his first two games, including a 16-point debut while going 5-for-8 from long range against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound forward will look to join his two brothers in the NBA, taking a different path by way of the G League for the first time in his career.

Zaire Wade drafted by Salt Lake City Stars

Wade, the son of future Hall of Famer Dwyane, was selected by the Salt Lake City Stars with the 10th pick in the 2021 NBA G League Draft.

It was previously reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania that Wade would join the Utah Jazz's organization, as Dwyane is now a part-owner of the franchise.

The 19-year-old is a 6-foot-3 combo guard who played high school basketball at Sierra Canyon. He had a handful of Division I offers but elected to take the G League route instead, going straight to the pros. Wade was ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPN after seeing limited playing time during his senior season at Sierra Canyon in 2019-20.

NBA veterans Lance Stephenson and Brandon Knight drafted

Stephenson and Knight are the two most familiar names selected in the G League Draft as both veterans look to make their return to the NBA.

Knight was selected by the Sioux Falls Skyforce - the Miami Heat's G League affiliate - with the No. 6 pick in the draft. Stephenson was selected by the Grand Rapids Gold - the Denver Nuggets' G League affiliate - with the No. 13 pick in the draft.

Knight, 29, has eight seasons and 446 games of NBA experience, most recently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Pistons in 2019-20. Knight was drafted by the Pistons with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, going on to have a strong first five first seasons of his career. Knight has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game over his eight-year career in the NBA.

Stephenson, 31, has nine years and 508 games of NBA experience, most recently appearing for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018-19. Stephenson is most remembered for his key role on both sides of the ball during the Indiana Pacers' runs to the Eastern Conference Finals back in 2013 and 2014, taking on the assignment of trying to contain LeBron James during his prime.

Stephenson had himself a solid career after being selected with the 40th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and he'll look to pursue a path back to the league for one last go-around by way of the G League.

Shamorie Ponds earns No. 1 pick

Ponds was taken by the Delaware Blue Coats - the Philadelphia 76ers' affiliate - with the No. 1 overall pick in the G League Draft.

Ponds has limited NBA experience, appearing in four games for the Toronto Raptors in 2019-20, but he has a strong G League resume that warrants his first-overall selection.

Playing for Raptors 905 in 2019-20, Ponds averaged 14.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals over 18 games. He spent his 2021 season playing overseas in Bosnia but has returned to the United States to pursue a career in the NBA by way of the G League.

Ponds was a prolific scorer in college for St. John's University, averaging 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game over three seasons.

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