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The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a new two-year, $4.2 million contract with second-year center Bol Bol.
After being selected with the 44th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the 7"2 center spent the bulk of his rookie season in the NBA G League after recovering from a foot fracture in college at Oregon. However, he played a small role with the team down the stretch and showcased his shot-blocking prowess and ability to hit three-pointers in the NBA Bubble. With the departure of backup center Mason Plumlee (to Detroit) during free agency, he could earn a small role behind Nikola Jokic and carve out some low-end fantasy value due to his shot-blocking abilities, if given enough playing time. Keep an eye on him.
Bol Bol was finally unleashed by the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night as he finished with nine points, five rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal across 25 minutes.
Bol Bol hasn't received an opportunity despite injuries to three key Nuggets players but Thursday night was a good sign. He's a deep flier for someone that is desperate at the frontcourt position in fantasy and could be a viable option against the Jazz on Saturday.
Bol Bol, after achieving a double-double in his first NBA game, thought that he could have played much better per coach Michael Malone, “the scary thing is, he had 16, 10 and 6 the other night and I think he played ok.”
Bol showed a lot of potential against the Wizards, and with strong support from his coach and teammates will look to build on his “ok” performance. We will have to wait to see just how better Bol will be in their upcoming scrimmage against the Pelicans, however the conventional wisdom that says you should “wait-and-see…due to the small sample,” may not be ideal to follow in this situation. If you have a chance to get Bol, it may be wise to grab him while you can, as his upside has the potential to reap significant reward. He can be the steal of the year in all fantasy formats and is on his way to being an excellent salary relief play in DFS until they adjust his price to fit his level of production.
Bol Bol, after missing the season, is making a good impression in Orlando. After being elusive for much of his young career, it appears that he is ready to answer those questions about his progression, skills, and injury by balling out with his team at Disney. Head coach Michael Malone had this to say, “To see [Bol] out there playing and doing things a lot of people can’t do is really remarkable…he is extremely talented and skilled. You cannot teach 7”2’, you cannot teach a 7”9’ wingspan, and the soft touch he has. He’s getting stronger, he’s getting healthier, and right now it’s good to see him compete against some of the other players that we have down here.” Fellow teammate Troy Daniels also had words to share, “[He’s] talented, talented, talented…I mean, the kid, he has the intangibles that a lot of people are not blessed with. He can really take that and use it when he’s working out. He works his tail off every day. The sky is the limit for that kid. He can literally shoot over an
With a lack of bodies, coach Malone has been experimenting with different lineups, placing players in spots they are not used to having. For Bol, that has translated into him playing the three position. Bol has yet to play in an NBA game this year but showed his potential while playing for the Windy City Bulls in the G-League. In the G-League, he only played in eight contests and has averaged 19.2 minutes of play per game, 12. 0 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game, all while shooting 57.7 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc. If that isn’t enough to make a case for his ability in his 2018-19 season with Oregon he played in nine contests and averaged 29.8 minutes of play, 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, .8 steals, and 2.7 blocks all while shooting 56.1 percent from the floor and 52.0 percent from beyond the arc. Even though he has yet to play in a professional game, this may be the perfect opportunity for Bol to make his debut. It isn’t crazy to think that he could be the primary back-up to Will Barton, especially with the absence of Michael Porter Jr. This year has been unreasonable, so at this point, anything can happen, with all the positive news surrounding Bol and his book of work, he should at least be on your radar. He has the potential to be an excellent play in deep-league play, as well as a cheap value-asset with tremendous upside in all other formats. At this time, however, a wait-and see-approach is advised.
Bol Bol scored 16 points (6-12 FG) and added 11 rebounds for the Windy City Bulls, a Denver Nuggets G-league affiliate.
Bol recorded a double-double in just 20 minutes of play. Fortunately, the Nuggets have the depth in the NBA to allow Bol to rehab and refine his game in the minors. A dynasty stash, for now, but when his time comes to make an impact in the NBA he should have no problems stuffing the stat sheet.