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Basketball and India

History of Indian NBA Players

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Satnam Singh, Sim Bhullar [NBA Getty Images]

In 2015, the era of Indian players in the NBA began when Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to play in an NBA game. Since then, there have been three others that have participated or been rostered in either the NBA Summer League or G-League. Here, we break down the careers of the four players of Indian descent that have tied into the NBA and G-League.

Sim Bhullar

Center - 7-foot-3, 360 pounds

Bhullar went undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft but jumped on the Sacramento Kings Summer League team that offseason. After playing four games, the Kings added him to their preseason roster, but he was waived after two games. He was then picked up by the Reno Bighorns, the Kings' G-League affiliate, where he would play most of his 2014-15 season.

Later that season, the Kings signed Bhullar to a 10-day contract and on April 7, 2015, he became the first player of Indian descent to enter an NBA game. The next night, he became the first Indian player to score in an NBA game when he recorded two points against the Utah Jazz. While those were the only NBA points he scored, he averaged 10.3 points and 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks through 39 G-League games that year.

In the 2015-16 season, he played for the Toronto Raptors G-League affliate, the Raptors 905. Bhullar played in 39 games that season as well, averaging 9.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blockers per game.

Bhullar currently plays for Guangxi Weizhuang in the NBL.

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Satnam Singh

Center - 7-foot-2, 290 pounds

Satnam Singh also made history in the NBA, becoming the first Indian player to be selected in the NBA Draft. In the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks selected Singh with the 52nd overall pick.

He was waived by the Mavericks following the 2015 Summer League but was picked up by their G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. He averaged 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 2015-16 and was resigned by the Legends for the 2016-17 season. He only participated in eight games in the 2016-17 season, averaging 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.

Most recently in the NBA, Singh played on the Mavericks' Summer League team this past offseason. He was not signed, though, and currently plays for the St. John's Edge in the NBL of Canada.

Amjyot Singh

Forward - 6-foot-8, 229 pounds

Amjyot Singh went undrafted in 2014. He played two seasons overseas before joining the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder's G-League affliate, for the 2017-18 season. He played in 30 games last season, averaging 2.7 points per game.

The Blue waived Singh at the end of the season, but resigned him five days later. He is on the Blue's roster for the upcoming G-League season.

Palpreet Singh

Forward - 6-foot-9, 240 pounds

Palpreet Singh has yet to play in an NBA or G-League game, but he was drafted to the Long Island Nets in the fourth round of the 2016 NBA Developmental League Draft.

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