While not selected in the 2014 NBA draft, Sim Bhullar of New Mexico State will still have an opportunity to make an NBA roster after agreeing to play for the Sacramento Kings during the Las Vegas Summer League, per David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Bhullar stands at 7’5″ and weighs a whopping 360 pounds. Born in Ontario (His parents came to Canada from India, but Bhullar was born in Toronto), the 21-year-old would be the first player in NBA history of Indian descent should he make a final roster.
In his sophomore year with the Aggies, Bhullar averaged 10.4 points on 64.8 percent shooting from the field, including 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks.
New Mexico State’s massive center Sim Bhullar will sign with the Kings, per agent Mike George.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 27, 2014
Draft Express had him ranked as their No. 73 prospect out of 100 players, leaving him well shy of being drafted in the first or second round.
His size alone makes him an interesting commodity, but Bhullar is still extremely raw and will a need a few more years to develop his game in order to be a factor at the professional level. His conditioning and quickness are major red flags, which could explain why every team in the draft decided to pass on him.
When asked about his weaknesses at a workout with the Toronto Raptors prior to draft night, Bhullar remained optimistic about his growth and what the future holds, per Eric Koreen of The National Post.
“It’s definitely tough. From being a big guy, out of shape, overweight to getting where I’m at right now [is huge progress],” Bhullar said. “There are days where you want to quit. But you know if you want to make it this far and get to the ultimate goal, you have to keep grinding.”
The Kings play in the Las Vegas Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion from July 11-21.