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Best Indian Basketball Players: Top List

India has dozens of talented basketball players.

Among male and female players who play 5v5 and 3v3, on hardwood or cement floors, from Delhi to Mizoramwhether they are of Indian nationality or of Indian origin, the country is full of basketball talent.

Here is a curated list of the top active basketball players in the country today.

Raspreet Sidhu

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A former captain of India’s women’s basketball team, Sidhu almost considered hanging up his LeBron 18s for the past few years before finding a new challenge in 3×3 basketball.

A five-foot-seven guard, Sidhu’s all-around game, natural leadership qualities (3×3 doesn’t allow teams to have a coach), basketball IQ, and a new chip I have something to prove on her shoulder, helped her rediscover her career after a Covid-forced break.

She was named MVP in the most recent Pro Basketball League 3×3 (3BL), having captained the Delhi Divas to their first title and then captained the team to the women’s title at Red Bull Half Court 2022 India Finals.

Nicknamed the “Bearded King”, Bikramjit is a Canadian of Indian origin, whose father Dalwinder, born in Amritsar, had represented the Indian national team. Picking up the sport like his father, Bikramjit turned heads in the high school circuit before moving to the United States to play college ball. And then he reinvented himself in 3×3 basketball.

The six-foot-seven forward is effective at tackling taller players under the basket and also knocks down jump shots from outside the circle.

He criss-crosses continents throughout the year as a 3×3 pro, competing in various FIBA ​​3×3 Rankings and World Tour events. He recently represented Team Canada 3×3 at the 2021 FIBA ​​AmeriCup.

Known as “The General”, Inderbir is a point guard known for his tenacity and strategic planning in matches.

He was born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, grew up in Jalandhar, then moved with his family to the United States when he was still a pre-teen. Although short by basketball standards at just six feet tall, Inderbir makes up for it with his toughness.

With his dream of playing for India unfulfilled (current rules do not allow PIOs/OCIs to represent the country), the 35-year-old hopes his success can instead spawn a series of “3×3” athletes who will put Indian Basketball on the world map.

Dhruv Sushil Barman at the 2022 Red Bull Half Court Indian Final

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One of India’s top ranked 3×3 basketball players, Dhruv has built his career on a dedication to physical fitness. He naturally attracts the attention of the crowd by his intensity and his combativeness.

“3×3 is a ten minute sprint, compared to 5 on 5 [where] you can still cheat a little. That’s what separates me because I take my fitness and what I put in my body – my food – very seriously,” says Dhruv.

Lalrina Renthlei (right) with her BBQ Chicken team

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Known in basketball circles as ‘The Wizard’, Lalrina is one of several credible Mizoram talents currently playing the game.

The 30-year-old guard is a rare case of a 3×3 player taking a break from the National Team 5v5; a true testament to his talent. This breakthrough came in November 2021, when the six-foot Aizawl native became the second male player from northeast India to be named to the national team; he represented the country at the South Asian Basketball Championships.

Amit is an extraordinary talent who finds his place thanks to his versatility. During the last 3BL Championship, five-foot-10 Amit was seen defending seven-foot Indian national team center Amritpal Singh. And he seemed to enjoy it.

“Because I play a bit tough – and 3×3 is a format that allows you to play a bit tough compared to 5v5 – that’s what makes me excel,” says Amit.