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Sim Bhullar became first Indian-origin basketball player to join NBA

Jul 14, 2014 14:32 IST

Sim Bhullar became the first basketball player of Indian origin to join the National Basketball Association (NBA). He signed a summer contract in second week of July 2014 with the Sacramento Kings, a professional basketball team in the US.

In 2013, the Sacramento Kings became the NBA's first team to have an Indian-origin majority owner -- Vivek Ranadive.

Since taking over the reins of the Kings, which was lying low in recent years due to less winning percentages and declining ticket sales, Ranadive has transformed the organisation into one of the better ones in the league.

About Sim Bhullar

  • He is originally from Canada and his parents are from Punjab.
  • Bhullar, aged 21, is 7.5 feet tall and weighs 360 pounds. He is a centre from New Mexico State University.
  • He made everyone took note of him in college as he averaged 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in his two-year career with the Aggies.
  • His younger brother Tanveer, who is 7.2 feet, also plays college basketball at New Mexico State.

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