Wizards could go huge with second round pick

  • Ben Lasky
Photo: NBA.com

Photo: NBA.com

The Wizards have all but wrapped up their pre-draft workouts, with only one remaining before Thursday’s NBA draft. If last Wednesday’s workout is any indication of where the team is leaning, the team’s second round pick could be “huge.”

The Wizards brought in Missouri guard Earnest Ross and Oklahoma forward Cameron Clark. At 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-7 respectively, they were the smallest players in the gym by a not small margin. That’s because the team also worked out Philipp Neumann, a 6-foot-11 center/forward from Germany and two  7-foot-2 centers in Jordan Bachynski from Arizona State and Ian Chiles from Morgan State. But the biggest name at last week’s workout was 7-foot-5, 359-pound New Mexico State Center Sim Bhullar.

Though he may have looked awkward and unathletic to those who watched him play in college, centers who are this big don’t come around very often, and in the second round (46th pick) the Wizards can afford to take a flier on the giant out of Toronto. As the cliche goes, you can’t teach size, and Bhullar has more than enough.

If the Wizards or any other team selects Bhullar on Thursday, he could become the first player of Indian Descent to play in the NBA. Bhullar’s father Avtar is 6-foot-5 and his mother Varinder is 5-foot-10. Sim has a younger brother named Tanveer, who is only 7-foot-3 and 335 pounds. Tanveer will also play for New Mexico State as a red shirt freshman next season.

The scariest part of all this: if Bhullar is selected by the Wizards, he’d only be the third tallest player in team history behind Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan.

You can watch highlights of last Wednesday’s workout below courtesy of truthaboutit.net

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