The NBA Just Signed Its First Player of Indian Descent

By Jamilah King Jul 02, 2014

Sim Bhullar is a big guy. A really big guy. He’s listed at 7’5" and 360 pounds, and while he wasn’t drafted out of New Mexico State University by any NBA team, he just signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings. 

The 21-year-old was born in Canada but moved to Pennsylvania for high school before heading to the Southwest to play college ball. "It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Bhullar told CBC News of the draft process. "Not everybody gets to do it… so it’s an honor and a blessing and I just thank God every day for putting me in this situation."

There’s no guarantee that Bhullar will suit up for the Kings this season, but his contract is still noteworthy. Also of note is the fact that his new NBA franchise is owned by the Indian-born Vivek Ranadive who’s spoken openly about wanting to expand the league’s reach in his native country. 

Here’s a look at Bhullar during one of his NBA pre-draft workouts. You can tell from the footage that his skills are still pretty raw, but he’s got lots of potential. 

(Angry Asian Man)