The Sacramento Kings are reportedly set to sign Sim Bhullar from the NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns on a 10-day contract. As a result, he will become the first player of Indian descent in NBA history. The team announced the news on Thursday.
Antonio Gonzalez of The Associated Press passed along the news Wednesday:
Bhullar has been an intriguing figure since his days at New Mexico State. He stands out from the crowd, even in basketball terms, at 7'5'' and 360 pounds. While his movement is limited, there's no doubt he's an imposing figure in the post.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, who is also of Indian descent, talked about Bhullar after declaring he would compete for a roster spot in August, saying Bhullar "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," per Gonzalez.
He played 39 games for the Bighorns in the D-League this season, averaging 10.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 72.7 percent from the floor. His main impact came at the defensive end, where he blocked almost four shots per game.
Although he's of Indian descent, Bhullar is a native Canadian, having been born in Toronto. He definitely brings an international presence to the Kings roster.
If signed on Thursday, he'll have eight games to show the lottery-bound Kings that he's worth holding onto for next season.