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5 Reasons Why Indians Should Watch the NBA

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There is no shortage of options when it comes to watching sports in India. From domestic to foreign leagues, Indian sports fans know it all. From the IPL to the EPL to interest in Formula One, WWE, MMA, and many more, it doesn't seem like there's much room for NBA fandom. Here are five reasons why basketball and the NBA deserve your attention.

5. Fast Paced

Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat
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5. Fast Paced

Chicago Bulls vs Miami Heat
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Basketball is non-stop action. There is scoring practically on every other play, and highlight moments are never scarce. With just five players on each side, fans can quickly get to know the players on the court - even within all the action. From the constant ball movement to some of the most athletic plays in all of sports, basketball has all the action a sports fan is looking for.

4. Trades

Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz, Game 5
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4. Trades

Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz, Game 5
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One of the biggest complaints about player movement in football is that the team giving up the star player is only receiving money in return. Sure, that's great for the team, but what about the fans? Player movement is one of the most exciting parts about the NBA. In addition to blockbuster trades that has key players switching teams, free agency makes it so teams even prepare FOR the offseason.

3. Salary Cap and Competition

LeBron James
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3. Salary Cap and Competition

LeBron James
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The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of the NBA makes it so that there is a certain parity in the league - with the salary cap that's in place, teams can only spend up to a certain amount without paying a tax. There is also another ceiling that minimizes the big markets from dominating year after year. Come on, fans love equal competition in a league.

2. NBA Draft/Lottery

2014 NBA Draft Lottery
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2. NBA Draft/Lottery

2014 NBA Draft Lottery
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Rather than face some sort of period of relegation for finishing towards the bottom of the league, teams in the NBA get the opportunity to improve through the summer's NBA Draft. The non-playoff teams are all eligible for the No. 1 pick, with their probabilities being determined by their record. The worse the record, the better chance at the top pick. This system allows for struggling teams to improve within just one season.

1. Indians in NBA

Sim Bhullar Signs NBA Sacramento Kings India
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1. Indians in NBA

Sim Bhullar Signs NBA Sacramento Kings India
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History was made recently when Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to be signed by an NBA team. The Sacramento Kings - owned by an Indian-American Vivek Ranadive - signed Bhullar for his size and potential. At 7'5", Bhullar is literally India's biggest star.

Rohit Ghosh is a Senior Writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.