Sacramento Kings Sign Sim Bhullar; First NBA Player of Indian Descent


Credit: Jack Arent/NBAE via Getty Images
Credit: Jack Arent/NBAE via Getty Images

On Thursday, Sim Bhullar has become the first player of Indian descent in the NBA after being called up to the Sacramento Kings (and signed to a 10-day contract) from the NBA Developmental League.  From the Associated Press:

“Sim Bhullar has become the NBA’s first player of Indian descent, signing a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings.

“The Kings announced the deal Thursday. The 7-foot-5, 360-pound Bhullar was called up from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.

“The 22-year-old center could make his debut Friday when the Kings host the New Orleans Pelicans.”

Bhullar is not only of interest because of his heritage, but his pure size and bulk is unmatched throughout the NBA.  In the D-League, he was doing things like this:


Bhullar had averaged 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game in just under 26 minutes per the 39 games he played with the Reno Bighorns.

Bhullar went undrafted after two seasons with New Mexico State University.



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