Sim Bhullar will suit up with the Taipei Fubon Braves in their ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) debut completing their list of world imports alongside Charles Garcia and O.J. Mayo.
Aside from Mayo having prior NBA experience, Bhullar also graced the NBA hardwood for the Sacramento Kings—provided a towering presence in the paint due to his massive 7’4″ body frame.
Despite only playing three games in the NBA and being a mainstay in their developmental league, he continued to value everything he had learned from the league.
In an interview with the ABL, Bhullar shared how his NBA experience would benefit in his ABL debut.
“My prior NBA experience helped me through, just playing in a different league for the first time at this level of competition,” Bhullar said. “I know that the ABL is a really good league, and I know that there’s a lot of really great players,”
Adjustment and Transition to ABL
The seven-foot-four center shared that his playing style is not more than just a solid low-post player as he also tries to start the fast-paced offensive transition.
“I’m trying to work on my jump shots, stretching [the floor] a little bit—- my job is just to control the paint and help rebound, start the fastbreaks and make it hard for the players to score around the rim,” Bhullar added.
Under Coach Roger Hsu’s system, Bhullar mentioned that he had to go through big adjustments to keep up with their fast-paced rhythm.
“It’s a lot different than I have done in the past, I run the ball and push it and try to get up and down it took a while to get used to but I’m excited about it and it’s going to be a fun basketball,” Bhullar said.
For his second season with the Taipei Fubon Braves, he explained that he has no other goals for the team but to continue their championship reign from the SBL to the ABL.
“The team goal is obviously the championship, that’s why we’re all here, it just starts on the first game from the first day. I don’t really have a goal for myself, just play hard every day and just as long as we have a win on the scoreboard, it’s all that matters.”
Although his size might be intimidating, he still has a gentle spot for the fans of the league and the Braves.
“This will be our first time for most of us to play in the ABL, I hope we can make you proud and enjoy basketball,” he exclaimed.
The Taipei Fubon Braves will make their ABL debut on November 16 as they defend their homecourt against the visiting Macau Black Bears.