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Kings sign 7’5” Sim Bhullar to training camp contract

Aug 15, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

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Sim Bhullar is huge.

The 7’5”, 360-pound center who played his college ball for New Mexico State was part of the Kings’ Summer League team and even around other NBA players he looked huge. He dwarfed DeMarcus Cousins. In a timeout huddle he was literally a head taller than every other guy there.

He also has a long, long way to go in terms of conditioning and fundamentals to be considered a real NBA prospect, but he’s got an invite to the Kings training camp this fall, the team announced.

Bhullar was born in Toronto becomes the first player of Indian heritage to sign an NBA contract.

“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 (also of Indian heritage) in a released statement. “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.”

Bhullar is a project. Expect him to spend next season with the Kings’ D-League affiliate in Reno as they work to hone his game. After watching him for a couple games in Las Vegas I’m not sure he will ever be an NBA player. But he’s not a bad project to take on.

  1. watchfullhose - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Super Bowl

  2. spursareold - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Lurch. Saw him in SL in Vegas. Dude is barely ambulatory.

  3. asimonetti88 - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Watching his highlights on YouTube, he mostly just stands around the basket and bes big, but then again, you can’t teach 7’5″ so it’s worth a shot.

  4. spursareold - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    At that size and weight, over the length of the NBA season (if he ever makes it), he could also develop those Yao-type foot fractures.

  5. 2016olympics - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Make him “all-time defense” and go 4 vs. 5 on offense.

  6. elcaminobilly - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    You can’t teach height. That factor alone could alter opponents’ shots. Hope he makes it!

  7. sumkat - Aug 16, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    How are his hands? Convert him to football, let him play TE. Red zone beast. Just run fades to the corner all day, who cares if they know it’s coming, he’s 7’5! (You’d also think he could just envelope LB/DB’s run blocking). A long shot? Sure, but no more than him making a contribution in the NBA

    I only saw 1 game of him in summer league, but he looked lost. Outside of being huge, I don’t think he has a single skill close to NBA level. Maybe before the defensive 3 second rule he could of found a niche, I just don’t see it in today’s NBA

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