Basketball and India

Princepal Singh continues historic journey, wins NBA Summer League title with Sacramento Kings

Princepal Singh continues breaking boundaries with his trail-blazing path.

The 6-foot-9 forward makes history by being part of the Sacramento Kings' squad that went on to win the 2021 NBA Summer League. This makes him the first Indian in NBA history to be part of a championship roster at any level of the NBA.

The Kings dominated the championship game against the Boston Celtics, clinching the title with a 100-67 win.

The victory also made the Kings the only franchise to win multiple Summer League titles, having previously clinched it in 2014.

In the final, the NBA Academy India alumni played the final 4:08 mins of the game and put his name alongside the great Satnam Singh Bhamara.

During his time on the court, Singh finished with two points - scoring the Kings final bucket which took them to 100, while also pulling down the one rebound.

The 20-year-old's appearance in the championship game comes exactly a week after he made his brief yet landmark debut at the Summer League, where he checked-in for the final 1:22 mins of a Kings' blowout victory over the Washington Wizards.

With his debut and now the championship, Singh - a former NBA Academy India student-athlete - sets a high bar for future NBA Academy India graduates.

MORE: Princepal's Summer League debut - a giant leap for Indian Basketball

Earlier in the year, Singh had become the first-ever NBA Academy Global alumni to sign a G League contract and the first-ever NBA Academy India alumni to sign a professional contract when he agreed to a deal with the Ignite.

With the young development team, he totalled nine points, four rebounds and one steal in four appearances.

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