Huge player’s decision to turn pro chided
Sim Bhullar would be the biggest man in the NBA, although he is unlikely to be drafted.
The backlash is fair to some extent since Bhullar is unlikely to taken in the NBA draft and desperately needs another year of conditioning and skill development to have any chance to be an asset at that level. Nonetheless, the criticism also overlooks the fact that the injury risks associated with Bhullar’s massive size and weight make him a unique case.
The window to make money as a professional basketball player is considerably shorter for a 7-foot-5 center conservatively listed at 360 pounds because his joints and feet are likely to break down sooner than even the average center’s would. Bhullar already had foot injuries during his redshirt season and last year, so it’s tough to blame him for wanting to maximize his earning potential.
Bhullar is entering the NBA draft after a sophomore season in which he averaged 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks. He earned the WAC tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award for the second straight season and led the Aggies to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.