NBA Draft profile: Bol Bol, a Look at the 7’3″ Big Man

One of the highly touted prospects in this years draft, Bol Bol, is more questionable than promising. In today’s NBA, teams can play big men off the floor as the Warriors have proven. At 7’3” he is one of three seven footers and has a lot to prove with only 9 games in his collegiate career. It’s questionable to say he is the best 7-footer in this draft. Compared to Tacko Fall (UCF) and Moses Brown (UCLA), Bol seems to be the better shooter out of the three as he compares to Kristaps Porzingis in his play style. He held invite-only workouts with teams and the scouts say he looks healthy.

The Injury

The stress fracture in his foot was uncommon and rare. It happens by putting constant pressure on the foot by sprinting. The injury has happened to players like Yao Ming, Marc Gasol, and Michael Jordan. It is likely for him to recover and have a good career.

Mock Drafts

The mock drafts have him going to the Charlotte Hornets (14) at the highest and the Portland Trail Blazers (25) at the lowest. Portland is a perfect fit for him. They are in a win now situation and need a rookie to perform well. Although, they have the coaching and backcourt in place for Bol to succeed.

The Warriors have dominated the NBA without a true big man over the years. Players like Rudy Gobert have been played off the floor by them. Even at the college game, this is the case. The UCF-Duke game that happened in the 2019 tourney, Duke was smart enough to make Tacko Fall a non-factor. However, there is a slight resurgence in the big man game like Joel Embiid,  Marc Gasol and Kristaps. You just have to be able to extend your game out of the paint as these players have done. Whether it be with their top of the key passing or 15+ foot shooter.

Would you take Bol Bol? Leave a comment if you think he’ll succeed.

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