The Sacramento Kings made NBA history Friday, as they signed centre Sim Bhullar to a contract.
A Mississauga, Ontario native, Bhullar becomes the first player of Indian descent to sign a contract with an NBA team. Bhullar took to his personal Twitter account to break the news.
— Sim Bhullar (@SimBhullar2) August 14, 2014
While the terms of the contract were not released, Bhullar will join the Kings for their upcoming training camp. Kings Indian-born majority owner Vivek Ranadive took a moment to express his excitement for not only Bhullar, but India as well.
“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 Ranadive.
Undrafted earlier this year, Bhullar played with the Kings summer league team in Las Vegas. Bhullar appeared in four games during that time, playing in 10 minutes.
Before suiting up for the Kings in Las Vegas, Bhullar played two season for New Mexico State, where he averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.
Standing at 7-5, 360 pounds, Bhullar is a mountain of a man who clogs up the lane in a hurry. Although his conditioning was an issue at New Mexico State, Bhullar twice earned the Western Athletic Conference tournament MVP award, as well as helping the Aggies reach back-to-back NCAA tournaments.
Bhullar will compete for a spot on the Kings roster behind centre DeMarcus Cousins and appears to be a likely candidate for the organization’s Development League team in Reno, Nevada. Although Bhullar is still considered a very raw young talent, the impact of his signing on emerging basketball markets like India is undeniable.
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