7’5 center Sim Bhullar will make history when he signs a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. By signing with the Kings, Bhullar will become the first player of Indian descent in NBA history.
Bhullar went to training camp with the Kings, but he has spent the entire season with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento’s D-League affiliate. During this time, he has lost over 30 pounds after weighing in at over 400 pounds in the summer. The big man is averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.9 blocks with the Bighorns this season.
Bhullar will replace David Wear on the Kings’ roster, and head coach George Karl is hopeful that he can find some minutes for the big man as the season winds down:
“He adds a very interesting dimension to the game,” Kings coach George Karl said of Bhullar, who is expected to get called up Thursday. “And our game is becoming an international game and India is becoming one of the greatest, largest, biggest democracies in the world and I think it’s a good story and hopefully we’ll find some minutes for him.”
Bhullar came into the league undrafted out of New Mexico State. He grew up in Canada and played on the same AAU team as Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.