Amjyot Singh becomes third Indian in NBA

Perseverance always pays. It was Amjyot Singh’s dream to be part of world’s best basketball league. Early on 22 September 2017, Singh’s patience paid off. The 6-foot-9-inch Chandigarh hoopster became the third Indian after Satnam Singh and Palpreet Singh Brar – to walk into the National Basketball Association (NBA) league.

Much like Palpreet did last year, Amjyot made it to the NBA’s minor league the G-League. The Indian skipper was picked by Oklahoma City Blue. The OKC Blue is NBA development league affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, an American professional basketball team. Last year, Amjyot, along with Amritpal Singh and Palpreet, signed the NBA D-League players’ contract and had opted for the try-outs in America. While Palpreet was drafted in, he failed to make it to the final roster of the Long Island Nets. Amjyot and Amritpal missed out.

He was the 103rd pick in the fourth round of the NBA G-League draft. “I am really happy and excited. It’s like a dream come true,” Amjyot told TOI exclusively from New Jersey. A total of 146 players were included in the G-league draft. The NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco said, “I’m thrilled for Amjyot and the opportunity that he earned for himself in the G-League. We see tremendous basketball talent in India and are confident that Indian stars like Amjyot will shine on the global stage and continue to inspire the next generation of kids to play this wonderful game of basketball.”

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