The NBA just got a little more diverse. According to CBS Sports, the Sacramento Kings just singed 7’5” center Sim Bhullar, the first NBA player of Indian descent. Bhullar played collegiate ball at New Mexico State. Although he underwhelmed during the NBA summer league, Bhullar’s 7’5” 350-pound frame make him a valuable asset. Like the saying goes you can’t teach height. The Kings released an official statement about the signing yesterday.
“I’ve long believed that India is the next great frontier for the NBA, and adding a talented player like Sim only underscores the exponential growth basketball has experienced in that nation,” said Kings Owner Vivek Ranadivé. “While Sim is the first player of Indian descent to sign with an NBA franchise, he 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.”
Just the next step in the NBA becoming an international game.