Kings Sign Sim Bhullar: First NBA Player Of Indian Decent
- Updated: August 16, 2014
The Sacramento Kings made NBA history on Wednesday when they announced the signing of 7 foot 5 inch, 360 pound center Sim Bhullar out of New Mexico State, making Bhullar the first player of Indian decent to have earned a contract with an NBA team.
Bhullar tweeted the following on Wednesday after he signed the contract, “Dreams do come true! Officially signed my first NBA contract with the @sacramentokings !!
Bhullar signed with the Kings even after a relatively ineffective showing during the NBA Summer League play, but Bhullar earned his contract in part due to 1 truth in basketball: You can’t teach size. If Bhullar has anything to offer in the NBA immediately, it will likely be because Bhullar enters the NBA as the leagues tallest player.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive had this to say about Sim being the first player of Indian decent in the NBA in the press release about the announcement, “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.”
Vivek continued, “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.”
Though there is no official confirmation as to the kind of contract Bhullar signed, many experts around the league believe that it is a non-guaranteed rookie level contract.
Whether Bhullar makes the team after training camp is over remains to be seen, but the 7’5″ center has already impacted the NBA in a substantial way, even if he never touches the court.