Daniel Chidel analyzes Bol Bol’s attributes and basketball game, assessing how he can help the Nuggets to succeed and become a future NBA superstar.
Introducing Bol Bol:
For those who have not been paying attention to the NBA bubble so far, the Nuggets have finally had the emergence of their new unicorn, Bol Bol. Being the 44th pick in the NBA Draft, the 7’2”, 220-pound, center came to the Nuggets as a virtually zero risk, high reward prospect.
So far Bol has shown he was easily worth that pick with his unique mix of skills and size. Defensively Bol’s long wingspan, 7’8”, allows him to contend nearly any shot remotely near him. After getting a seemingly uncontested 3-point shot blocked by Bol, JJ Redick made an NSFW comment which showed his astonishment at Bol’s reach. Alongside his high defensive potential Bol possesses the ball handling and shooting skills akin to that of many, smaller, guards.
Bol Bol’s defense and offensive skills have helped him average 6.7 points per game (PPG), 3.2 rebounds per game (RPG), and 1 block per game (BPG) in only 14.5 minutes per game playing in the NBA bubble. These stats ‘per 36 minutes’ are 16.6 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 2.5 BPG.
This impressive stat line is only further improved with the fact that Bol averages 50% from the field and 44.4% from 3-point range. While watching Bol’s appearances over the course of 6 games there is one current comparison that can be found in the NBA today.
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis possesses a remarkably similar balance of size and skills to that of Bol Bol. Porzingis is known for being dangerous as a “faceup 4”. A faceup 4 is a power forward who faces the basket as he attacks, focusing on shooting and skillful dribbling to reach the basket. Watching Bol play he seems to have the potential to play with the same style and ability.
As a rookie Porzingis put up a ‘per 36 minutes’ of 18.1 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 2.4 BPG with 42.1% shooting from the field and 33.3% from three. Both players have very comparable ‘per 36 minutes’ stat line which only accentuates their similar physiques and playing styles.
How Can Bol Help the Nuggets?
The Nuggets currently hold (+2200) odds to win the championship for the 2019-20 NBA season. If head coach Mike Malone can properly incorporate Bol Bol into the Nuggets lineup this would improve their struggling defense and offer even more range to this trigger-happy team.
Since many of the playoff teams in the Western Conference have strong and tall front-courts, it seems Bol’s height and skills will be a necessity to help the Nuggets dominate the boards and stretch the floor. Alongside his size, the Nuggets will be happy to add Bol’s consistency as on of the main issues the team faces is the inconsistent plays of their stars outside of Jokic.