Sim Bhullar is set to become the first basketball player of Indian descent in NBA history, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Marc Stein. The Sacramento Kings will reportedly bring him in on a ten-day contract.
Bhullar will replace David Wear on the King’s roster, who had prior signed a ten-day contract with the club. The Kings (26-47) are in thirteenth place in the Western Conference and not in contention for a playoff spot. Sacramento play next on Wednesday night at the Houston Rockets and then play at home on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Below are five things to know about Bhullar and his historic 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
1. Bhullar was born in Canada. Bhullar ws born in Toronto but is of Indian descent with India-born parents, Avtar and Varinder. He even played AAU basketball with fellow Canadian NBA players Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.
2. He is a big, big man. Bhullar, 22, is a 7-foot-5 center who has spent the season with the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate the Reno Bighorns. He is listed at 360 pounds which basketball-reference pointed out would be the heaviest listing in the history of the NBA. Sim Bhullar is listed at 360 lbs., which is 30 lbs. heavier than the heaviest *listed* player to ever appear in NBA game: Thomas Hamilton
â€” Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) April 1, 2015
Per our DB, the heaviest listed weights to appear in an NBA game: Thomas Hamilton - 330 Shaquille O'Neal - 325 Priest Lauderdale - 325
— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) April 1, 2015
3. Bhullar blocks a ton of shots. He has played 39 games for the Bighorns, averaging 10.3 points 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks in an average 25.8 minutes.
4. The Kings' ownership likes him. Stein reported that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, a famous Indian businessman man, is a big supporter of Bhullar, who has been criticized for his lack of conditioning but shows obvious promise on the defensive end of the court.
5. He was really good in college. Bhullar played college basketball at New Mexico State and was voted the Western Athletic Conference tournament MVP in 2013-14 after leading the Aggies to the WAC tournament title. He dominated defensively in college basketball shattering New Mexico State’s season record for blocks with 101, according to NBA.com stats in his pre-draft profile. He went undrafted out of college, however.