Kings sign 7-5 center Sim Bhullar, first NBA player of Indian descent
Sacramento adds a big man, and we mean big. Can he make the league, though?
The Kings just got bigger. Way, way bigger.
On Wednesday, Sacramento announced they've signed 7-5, 360-pound center Sim Bhullar to a contract. Bhullar tweeted the following:
Bhullar, who played at New Mexico State, showed very little in the way of production during Summer League play... but he's 7-5. Even if you could teach size, you couldn't teach that kind of size. Dude's a skyscraper unto himself. (Note: I am recommending a nickname of "City" as in both "Dude is the size of" and "SimCity.")
Also of note, Bhullar becomes the first NBA player of Indian descent. From the Kings' press release:
“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 Ranadivé. “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.”
Understanding the ultimate power of sports is to connect people across geographic, economic and cultural lines, Ranadivé is focused on making the Sacramento Kings the premier sports franchise of the 21st century. Working with the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Kings have successfully catapulted basketball into the fastest growing sport in India. During the past NBA 2013-14 season, the Kings televised over 20 live games in India, launched a website in Hindi to connect with a rapidly growing Hindi-speaking fan base from around the world, sent the Sacramento Kings players and dancers to Mumbai, and signed the team’s first India-based sponsor.
It's widely assumed Bhullar was signed to a non-guaranteed rookie-level contract. Whether he makes the roster after camp or not could be a challenge.
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