The Sacramento Kings will reportedly make Sim Bhullar the first NBA player of Indian descent in league history when they announce the signing of him to a 10-day contract.
Bhullar, a 7-foot-5 center, has spent all season with the Reno Bighorns after leaving New Mexico State early for the NBA draft. Bhullar went undrafted, but picked up a deal from the Kings’ NBA D-League affiliate.
Bhullar is averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game, including an impressive triple-double on February 22nd with 26 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks.
Marc Stein reported the move:
NBA history looming in Sacramento. Hearing Sim Bhullar is about to get a 10-day callup from the Kings to become India's first NBA player
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 1, 2015
The Kings owner, Vivek Ranadive, is also of Indian descent, and he clearly played a major role in the move. But Bhullar helped himself by losing 30 pounds this season in an effort to improve his conditioning.
How Bhullar will fit into head coach George Karl’s typically fast-paced offense will be an animal of its own, but it’s still good to see the NBA continue it’s global growth. Overall, if Bhullar can play, it’s better for the league.