Friday, April 10, 2015

Sim Bhullar — First Indian NBA Player's Historic First Basket


Sim Bhullar's Historic First NBA Basket

Sim Bhullar made his NBA debut Tuesday night — and a little bit of history in the process.

Only days after becoming the first player of Indian descent to make an NBA team's regular season-roster, Bhullar checked in for the final 16.1 seconds of the Kings' 116-111 victory over the Timberwolves to become first player of Indian descent to play in the league.

The 7-5, 360-pound center received a standing ovation when he replaced Jason Thompson in Sacramento's lineup. Bhullar did not attempt a shot against the Timberwolves.

Bhullar, 22, was raised in Canada by Indian-born parents and went undrafted out of New Mexico State. He played AAU basketball with Minnesota forwards and former No. 1 overall picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

Bhullar averaged 10.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game with the D-League's Reno Bighorns this season before being signed to a 10-day contract by the Kings. — Jordan Greer | Sporting News

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