The first NBA player of Indian descent, who made history in 16 seconds

Editor's note: The UN estimates that around 17 million people born in India live outside its borders. The group is considered the world's largest migrant population. From the NBA's first Indian-origin player to the descendant of an indentured laborer, CNN spoke to a handful of people born to Indian parents who settled overseas.

Sim Bhullarat the Sacramento Kings' practice facility in California on September 26, 2014.
At 7 feet 5 inches (2.26 meters) tall, Gursimran "Sim" Bhullar is hard to miss. He stood out even more after becoming the first basketball player of Indian origin to step onto a court in an NBA game.
    Called on for the final 16 seconds, it was a fleeting moment that he hadn't been sure would ever arrive.
    "I had to go on the court and do my job, so I wasn't thinking anything of it," the 26-year-old center tells CNN. He signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings who faced the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 5, 2015.
    "It was surreal... It didn't hit me until after the game that I played in the NBA game."
    Three days later, he became the first Indian player to score in an NBA game, against the Utah Jazz.
    Bhullar had signed a 10-day contract with the NBA's G League, an official minor league. Each season, NBA teams can sign players for 10-day contracts before either signing or releasing them.
    While he hopes to return to the prestigious league, he says the NBA game has changed.
    "They are playing more small ball and at a quicker pace, so for me to fit into that system is hard," Bhullar says. "I have been working on my game, from getting into better shape and moving faster."
    Bhullar was born and raised in the Canadian city of Toronto, while his parents are from villages in the northern Indian state of Punjab. They moved to Canada in the 1980s where they married and had children.