The Sacramento Kings were said to be to interested in acquiring a second round pick during Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft, possibly to draft 7’5 center Sim Bhullar. Of course, the Kings didn’t obtain such a pick but it wasn’t needed to add Bhullar, who the franchise signed on Friday morning.
If the New Mexico product doesn’t seem familiar to you that’s because he didn’t really emerge nationally until the NCAA Tournament, though just completing his sophomore season, the 360 pound big man does have some unique skills to go along with his albatross of a size. Given all that, there’s little reason for the Kings not to take a chance on the Indo-Canadian product despite being what some would consider ‘raw’.
The most likely scenario for Bhullar is a hefty stint with the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings’ D-League team as he’ll need some serious refining before he plays significant time in an NBA game.
A two-time WAC tournament MVP, Sim Bhullar averaged 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.4 blocks in 26 minutes per game last season.
Given his heritage, in 2011 the New York Times suggested Bhullar was poised to possibly become the ‘next great basketball ambassador’, but for now he’ll be poised to join the Kings Summer League team before heading to Reno.