NBA: Sacramento Kings Make History with Latest Signing [Details]
The Sacramento Kings made history on Friday when Sim Bhullar signed a contract to join the team’s training camp. Bhullar is the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an NBA team.
At 7-foot-5 and 360 pounds, Bhullar will compete for a spot behind center DeMarcus Cousins and could be a candidate to join the Kings’ NBA Developmental League affiliate in Reno, Nevada, which would give him an opportunity to further develop his skills.
Bhullar was born in Toronto and played two seasons for New Mexico State, where he averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. He twice earned Western Athletic Conference tournament MVP honors and helped lead the Aggies to back-to-back NCAA tournaments. He went undrafted this spring, but he was part of the Kings team that won the NBA summer league tournament in Las Vegas last month.
“I’ve long believed that India is the next great frontier for the NBA, and adding a talented player like Sim only underscores the exponential growth basketball has experienced in that nation,” said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, the league’s first Indian-born majority owner. “While Sim is the first player of Indian descent to sign with an NBA franchise, he represents one of many that will emerge from that region as the game continues to garner more attention and generate ever-increasing passion among a new generation of Indian fans.”