Ghana Forward Ben Bentil has made history by becoming the first Ghana-born player to play in the NBA.

The 6 foot 8inch Forward stepped on the court with 4:28 left to play in the second quarter of Dallas Mavericks 95-100 loss to Atlanta Hawks in a regular season game played in the early hours of March 2.

He played a total of four minutes in the game as Dallas lost to slide down to 12th in the Western Conference standings. The 21 year old failed to come off the bench in the previous game against Miami Heat.

Bentil checked into the game for Dorian Finney-Smith with Dallas losing 37-48. Finney-Smith was substituted after fouling Paul Millsap.

However, Bentil failed to get any numbers on the box score as he did not attempt a shot in his time on the court. His only contribution in the game was a shooting foul he recorded on Hawks Power Forward Millsap.

Bentil signed a 10 day contract with the Mavericks after averaging 14 points and five rebounds for Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA’s lower tier division; the Development League.

Harrison Barnes top scored for Dallas with 25 points but a balanced display by the Hawks saw off Dallas’ challenge.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@ YawMintYM on Twitter


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