Sim Bhullar, the 7’5” athlete of the NBA Development League’s Reno Bighorns, will be signed on a 10-day contract by the Sacramento Kings.
The move will be historical for the NBA, as Bhullar will become the first player of Indian descent to be signed.
Antonio Gonzalez of The Associated Press tweeted the latest move.
Although the range of movement of Bhullar, with an intimidating height of 7’5” and a weight of 360 pounds, is limited, he will be seen as a daunting player in the team.
Vivek Ranadive, owner of the Sacramento Kings, also of Indian descent, said that Bhullar will compete in August for a spot in the roster. According to Gonzalez, Ranadive said 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.”
Bhullar’s strongest attribute is his defense. In the current D-season, he has played 39 games for the Reno Bighorns with an average of 10.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He shot 72.7 percent from the floor, while blocking four shots per game.
Marc Stein of ESPN said, “Bhullar has spent the entire season with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento’s affiliate in the NBA Development League, after going to training camp with the Kings.
“Conditioning has been a question mark in terms of Bhullar establishing a legitimate NBA future. But he has a major supporter in Kings owner Vivek Ranadive — one of India’s most celebrated businessmen — and Bhullar has shed more than 30 pounds over the course of his rookie campaign after weighing in at more than 400 pounds during summer league play with Sacramento last July.”
Bhullar will have eight games upon being signed by the Kings to showcase his abilities.
Notwithstanding having an Indian ancestry, he was born in Toronto.
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