Despite not being drafted by an NBA franchise in last month’s draft, Sim Bhullar was signed to the Sacramento Kings summer league squad. After practicing with the full roster for some time now, one thing is clear: Bhullar’s size is mesmerizing.
During practice, Bhullar makes the 6’11 DeMarcus Cousins look tiny and slim. Bhullar is six inches taller and has about 80 pounds on Cousins. Most humans, let alone NBA players, can’t make Cousins look small. Bhullar, however, is quite the exception.
Still just 21 years old, Bhullar first began proving himself in college, where he averaged 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game in two years at New Mexico State University.
While Bhullar has shown promise since his college days, how well his body is able to adapt to the NBA will determine the longevity of his career. Bhullar’s height and size are both advantages and disadvantages. If he can cut down some of the excess weight, his legs will have less to support – enabling him to play longer.
“Guys my size don’t have very long careers and you have to take advantage of it and do the best you can with the time you have to play,” said Bhullar. “I didn’t want to get hurt in another college season and ruin my chances. And I’m not the kind of guy that’s doing it just to make money right away; I just want to play at the highest level.”
Bhullar is the first player of Indian descent in the NBA.