Princepal Singh continues to break new ground as he won the 2021 NBA Summer League title with Sacramento Kings on Tuesday evening in Las Vegas. He became the first Indian to be part of a championship roster at any level of the NBA.
The Kings scored a dominant 100-67 win over Boston Celtics to clinch the title. This was the second title for the Sacramento franchise, who had previously won the Summer League in 2014.
Princepal had signed up with G League club Ignite and played four games with them last season. With the young development team, he totalled nine points, four rebounds and one steal in four appearances.
He made it to the Sacramento Kings roster for the Summer League, which is an off-season competition organized by NBA to try out their rookie, sophomore and G League affiliate players.
A week ago, the Indian had made his debut in the Summer League, checking in for the final 1:22 mins of a Kings' blowout victory over the Washington Wizards. The 6-foot-9 forward is tied for the second-tallest player on the Kings' Summer League roster.
He played for the final 4:08 minutes in the final against Boston Celtics. During his time on the court, Singh finished with two points - scoring the Kings final basket which took them to 100 and pulled down one rebound.
The Celtics were undefeated going into the Championship match and had won all their games with an average margin of 21 points. But they were stifled by the Kings throughout the second half, holding them to just 31 points on 9-of-30 shooting (30 percent) and outscored them 38-4 in points off turnovers, finishing the game with 18 steals.
Princepal, 20, is an NBA Academy India and NBA Academy Global alumni.