This was not at all how Bol Bol had planned the NBA Draft to go for him. He was a preseason Top 10 projected pick but a foot injury early in the season hurt his draft stock. Regardless, in no imaginable world did I think it would drop him all the way down to the middle of the 2nd round.
The 7’2”, 7’5” wingspan, 225 pound center wasn’t chosen until the 44th pick by the Miami and even then, the Heat didn’t want him as he was traded to the Denver Nuggets.
I see the cons with not wanting to draft Bol (a big man with a foot injury, underweight for an NBA center) but it’s pretty hard to pass up on a guy that size with that set of skills. He is a great shooting big. Quick and agile for his size. A strong rebounder/shot blocker. Denver might have gotten the steal of the draft.
Bol seemed pretty upset as he walked up onto the stage. He even said during the post-game interview, “I just want to prove everyone wrong.” Bol will have a giant chip on his shoulder as he starts off his NBA career. He will be constantly thinking about all the teams who passed on him and use it as motivation as he prepares for his first professional game.
Also (on a side note), Bol really needs to work on his style of fashion because the suit he was wearing tonight just wasn’t cutting it.
Bol Bol says he wants to prove everyone wrong after dropping to the 44th pick pic.twitter.com/frAsoCIpG9— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) June 21, 2019
Look at it like this, a Nuggets’ frontcourt of Nikola Jokic and Bol should worry some NBA opponents. I will be tuning into more Denver games this upcoming season.
I will end with on this point. Denver won 54 games last season while making it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs... without any minutes from Micheal Porter Jr. and Bol Bol. Just throwing that out there.
*Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga University graduate from the Bay Area... Follow him on Twitter @a_cravalho