Meet sportstar Sim Bhullar

Apr 9, 2015, 15:13 IST

Sim Bhullar has been making headlines after he became the first player of Indian descent to play in NBA game. Here’s all you need to know about the sportstar!

Sim Bhullar

Photograph: YouTube

-- His real name is Gursimran Singh Bhullar.

-- His mother, Varinder, and father, Avtar, migrated Ontario from Punjab in 1988.


-- Sim Bhullar was born on December 2, 1992 in Canada.

-- He is now 22 year old, 7’5” tall and weighs 360-pounds.

-- Bhullar’s father wanted Sim to become a cricketer. But both the parents supported their son once they discovered his love for basketball.

-- Bhullar’s other loves: hip hop music, volleyball, and video games.

-- Sim Bhullar’s younger brother, Tanveer, 19, is currently playing for New Mexico State and looks similar to his elder brother, so much so to have been mistaken for Sim’s twin. Their older sister, Avneet, is a lawyer.

Sim Bhullar

Photograph: Sim Bhullar on Instagram

-- Bhullar attended Father Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School in Etobicoke before moving to Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, to attend The Kiski School in 2009. At the end of November 2010, in the middle of Kiski's basketball season, Bhullar withdrew from Kiski and transferred to Huntington Prep School in West Virginia. During this year he worked on improving his health conditions. Dropping from 166 kg to 150 kg.

-- Bhullar then played for Canada in the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. In a total of six games, he averaged 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Canada finished in 11th place with a 3–5 record.

-- Bhullar joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2014 NBA Summer League and signed the contract on August 14, 2014. However, he was later waived by the Kings on October 19, 2014.

-- He then went on to play for Reno Bighorns as an affiliate player. On April 2, 2015, Bhullar signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings and made history five days later with Kings' 116–111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first player of Indian descent to play in an NBA game.

-- You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram. His handle on both is simbhullar2