Palpreet Brar: The second Player from India to walk into the world’s best basketball league.
It is true that we Indians are everywhere and are creating history as the days are progressing. Following the same path Palpreet Singh Brar on Sunday became the second Indian-born basketball player to be picked in an NBA organised draft, joining compatriot Satnam Singh Bhamara in the Development League, the NBA’s official minor league.
The 21-year-old from Punjab was picked by the Long Island Nets in the draft for the D-League, as the minor league is also known, held on Sunday. The Long Island Nets picked Brar as the 14th pick in the fourth round of the draft.
Palbreet was one of 3 Indians among the 182 shortlisted for the 2016 D-League draft. Amjyot Singh and Amritpal Singh, the other two Indians, were not picked. Brar was the 80th pick.
Brar and His Skills:
A six feet, nine inches, 200-pound power forward Brar has great flexibility , speed and an ability to shoot from long range. It is itself a unique combination as big giants in basketball usually don’t get close to the net to operate. His long-range ability and pace helped Palbreet stand out among 300- other Indians who undertook the path to NBA D-League this year.
Now that he has been drafted, Palbreet will be a part of the Long Island Nets training squad from which 10 players will be picked for the final squad. If he gets selected, Palbreet will join Bhamara of Texas Legends and Sim Bhullar of Raptors 905 as the third player of Indian origin player to play in D-League. Bhamara is still with the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Legends while Bhullar joined the Taiwanese League since early this year.
Satnam Singh, who became the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA when he was selected 52nd overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 NBA Draft, represents the Texas Legends, the minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.