Bol Bol

Former Oregon Duck Bol Bol still eligible for 2021 Rookie of the Year

Former Oregon Duck Bol Bol still eligible for 2021 Rookie of the Year

One of the breakout stars of the scrimmages ahead of the NBA's official restart in Orlando, FL has been Bol Bol.

The 7-foot-2 (with a 7-foot-8 wingspan) former Oregon Duck center was selected in the second round (No. 44 overall) in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat but immediately traded that same night to the Denver Nuggets.

Injury concerns and defensive lapses in his limited time as a Duck concerned NBA teams, hence his fall into the second round, but his three-point range and length made him a tantalizing prospect for Denver.

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Before his season-ending injury in college, he was projected to be a top-ten pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.  

Fast forward to today, and Bol Bol has gotten his first taste of NBA action, albeit in scrimmages that don't count and has shown flashes of the player his ceiling says he can be.

[RELATED]: Bol Bol's long awaited Denver Nuggets debut has ignited the internet

Bol finished his NBA debut with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in an 89-82 win over the Wizards during his first NBA action.

He even had a "random" drug test from the league following his performance.

However, does this mean that the 2019-20 season is now his official rookie season? Not so fast.

ESPN's Tim Bontemps reports that rookies making their NBA debuts inside the Orlando bubble will still be eligible for the rookie of the year award next season.

Voting for the awards this season will only take games played before the suspension of the season on March 11 into account. 

Bol Bol could be the first second-round pick since Malcolm Brogdon to win the Rookie of the Year Award. 

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Bol Bol ‘randomly’ drug tested after breakout first game with Denver Nuggets


Bol Bol ‘randomly’ drug tested after breakout first game with Denver Nuggets


The long-awaited NBA debut of Bol Bol came and took the social media world by storm on Wednesday night.

The 7-foot-2 (with a 7-foot-8 wingspan) former Oregon Duck center was selected in the second round (No. 44 overall) in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat but immediately traded that same night to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets took a chance on Bol in the draft because he was injured and sat out a majority of his one and only season at Oregon.

But the talent is hard to pass up and that’s what the Nuggets are banking on for the future in Denver.

Looks like Bol is proving them right too.

First, this video of Bol and Nuggets big (but definitely skinner) man Nikola Jokic at practice surfaced:

[RELATED]: Bol Bol's long awaited Denver Nuggets debut has ignited the internet

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Then it was time to put that practice into play.

The Nuggets opened up their first scrimmage against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday ahead of the NBA’s restart on July 30. 

Bol finished his NBA debut with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in an 89-82 win over the Wizards. His performance included a little of what Duck fans saw in Eugene, Oregon:

But, it also caught the eyes of the NBA and thus warranted a “random” drug test? Really?

That reminds us, remember that one time Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was also “randomly” drug tested following Seattle's final game of the 2019 season at Green Bay?

Hmmmm…. Okay NBA. 

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Bol Bol's long awaited Denver Nuggets debut has ignited the internet

Bol Bol's long awaited Denver Nuggets debut has ignited the internet

The NBA officially restarts the regular season on July 30th, but fans got a taste of NBA action on Wednesday with the airing of the first round of scrimmage games.

Sure, the games don't count, but it still feeds the fans and their appetite for basketball. 

But, of all the players taking the court on Wednesday, none captured the hearts of basketball lovers more than Bol Bol. 

For former Oregon Ducks star made his NBA debut, kind of... we know it wasn't a real game, and fans couldn't get enough. 

From blocked shots to pull-up threes, the 7'2" Bol was on fire. 

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It may have been a scrimmage game, but Bol ended the day with 16 points, 10 rebound, and six blocks.

SIX!!!!!!

For those who don't recall, Bol Bol played nine games for the Oregon Ducks in 2018-19, averaging 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 2.7 blocks per game. However, a foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year following a 20 point, nine-rebound performance in a victory over the University of San Diego in early December. 

Not only did the foot injury cost him the season, but it was also the reason a player with lottery-pick talent slipped to the middle of the second round in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

With a plethora of bigs, including Nikola Jokic, Mason Plumlee, Paul Millsap, and Jerami Grant, the Nuggets could afford to take a risk on the injured big.

Denver's depth allowed the Nuggets to really focus on Bol's health and not rush his return to the court. 

The team's patience appears to have paid off as Bol might just be the most-watched player in the NBA bubble. 

A 7'2" shot blocker that can shoot the three and play small forward in spurts? Sign me up!

NBA Summer League important for seven former Ducks

NBA Summer League important for seven former Ducks

Seven former Oregon basketball players are headed to Las Vegas for NBA Summer League. For a few Ducks, the single-elimination tournament is an important chance to make way into the NBA and for some, it’s a shot to extend NBA careers

Former Ducks on Summer League rosters

Louis King (Detroit)

King and the Detroit Pistons agreed to a two-way contract after going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft. King was widely expected to be drafted in the second round, but can still can make a pretty penny and develop into an NBA talent with the Pistons.

WATCH: Detroit vs. Croatia / Noon Friday/ ESPN3

WATCH: Detroit vs. Portland / 12:30 Saturday / ESPNU

Kenny Wooten (New York)

Wooten will join the third-overall selection, RJ Barrett, and try to make an impression during Summer League. The tournament acts as an audition for the former Duck, who is hoping for a chance to make the main roster in training camp. The Knicks, at 8-1, are favorites to win the Summer League Championship.

WATCH: New York vs. New Orleans / 6:30 PM Friday / ESPN

WATCH: New York (KW) vs. Phoenix / 6:30 PM Sunday/ ESPN

Chris Boucher (Toronto)

Boucher added two accomplishments to his resume this season; reigning NBA champion and G-League MVP. He appeared in 28 games with the Raptors and has one year left on his deal. A dominant performance in Las Vegas would go a long way in proving to the franchise that his G-League production will translate to the NBA.

WATCH: Toronto vs. Golden State / 9 PM Saturday / ESPN

WATCH: Toronto vs. San Antonio / 4 PM Monday/ ESPNU

Troy Brown (Washington)

The youngest player taken in the 2018 NBA Draft and former first-round pick enters his second season coming off of a strong final stretch of his rookie season. Brown earned consistent rotation minutes the final two months of the season. In his final 15 games, Brown averaged 9.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game on 45.5% shooting and 35.0% from 3-point range. Summer League will be a great opportunity for Brown to show off his year one improvements.

WATCH: Washington vs. New Orleans / 7 PM  Saturday/ ESPN

WATCH: Washington vs. Brooklyn / 2:30 PM Monday/ ESPN3

Joseph Young (Los Angeles)

Young, who spent three seasons with the Pacers, is looking to earn another shot in the NBA after not playing in the league in 2018-19. He performed well in China last season.

WATCH: Lakers vs. Chicago / 4:30 PM Friday/ ESPN

WATCH: Lakers vs. Clippers / 4:30 PM Saturday/ ESPNU

MiKyle McIntosh (Indiana Pacers)

Currently, McIntosh is a member of the Hamilton Honey Badgers, a member of the newly founded Canadian Basketball League. McIntosh shined for Oregon in the 2017-18 season and is looking for an opportunity in the NBA.

WATCH: Indiana vs. Memphis / 4 PM Saturday / ESPN3

WATCH: Indiana vs. Detroit / 2 PM Monday / ESPNU

Elijah Brown (Washington)

Currently on the Grand Rapids Drive in the NBA G-League. The guard is the son of Mike Brown, former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, and NBA coach of the year in 2009.

WATCH: Washington vs. New Orleans / 7 PM  Saturday/ ESPN

WATCH: Washington vs. Brooklyn / 2:30 PM Monday/ ESPN3

Ducks not participating in Summer League

Bol Bol (Denver)

Dillon Brooks (Memphis)

Tyler Dorsey (free agent)

Jordan Bell (Minnesota)

Bol Bol in Denver: "loser" tattoo of Squidward, Ducks gear, "100 percent"

Bol Bol in Denver: "loser" tattoo of Squidward, Ducks gear, "100 percent"

Bol Bol's first interview with the Denver media at the Nuggets' Summer League mini-camp was quite revealing.

The former Duck was asked about a tattoo on his lower leg of “Squidward Tentacles” with the word “loser” written above it. 

“It’s from the first episode of SpongeBob and that’s my favorite episode,” the one and done and self-proclaimed "big SpongeBob fan" explained. 

Also notable from the interview, Bol will not participate in the Summer League due to his recovering left foot injury. Despite being “100 percent,” Bol is playing it on the safe side. The Nuggets aren't rushing Bol’s return to full action.

After plummeting well into the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft, Denver decided Bol’s potential reward is worth the risk and rolled the dice on his unique skillset. 7-foot 2 centers with 7-foot-8 wingspans with terrific outside shooting (52 percent from three) don’t come along often. Bol’s ceiling is high as a floor-spacing, rim-protecting big man. The Nuggets are getting a major mismatch potential.

Lastly, Bol practiced in his Oregon Ducks shoes and he praised UO on his Twitter.

Denver acquires Bol Bol at No. 44: Gains a potential mismatch for the ages

Denver acquires Bol Bol at No. 44: Gains a potential mismatch for the ages

The highest-rated basketball player to ever sign with Oregon seemed to have come and gone in a blink of an eye. The Miami Heat selected Bol Bol with the 44th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft and then traded the former Duck to the Denver Nuggets. Last year's player selected at No. 44 played overseas, according to RealGM.com

Here is what the Nuggets are getting with the one of the most talked about prospects and how Bol fits the team’s needs.

DID YOU KNOW?

Bol became the second one-and-done player in Oregon men’s basketball program history (Troy Brown, 2018). Bol would make six Ducks on NBA rosters - the most Oregon would have ever had in the NBA at one time. He is the first top four national recruit not taken in the first round since 2013. 

THE NBA REACTED when Bol fell to the second round after being considered a consensus lottery pick a few months ago.

AT OREGON

Bol’s talent was undeniable during his short stint in green and yellow. A five-star recruit in Oregon's star-studded 2018 recruiting class, Bol elected to exhaust his eligibility after playing in just nine games at Oregon. However, he made the most of his time; the center reached double figures in all nine games and recorded a double-double in four of those games. Bol averaging 21 points, nine rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.

TEAM NEEDS 

Denver decided Bol’s potential reward is worth the risk and rolled the dice on his unique skillset. 7-foot 2 centers with 7-foot-8 wingspans with terrific outside shooting (52 percent from three) don’t come along often. Bol’s ceiling is high as a floor-spacing, rim-protecting big man. The Nuggets are getting a major mismatch potential.

PRAISED FOR 

He is one of the longest players in NBA, measuring at 7’2 with a 7’7 wingspan and 9’7 standing reach at the combine. Even with his length, he is surprisingly quick. He is a serious weapon from beyond the arc; hitting 52 percent of his three-pointers at Oregon. Bol is an effective shot blocker; blocking 12.4 percent of opposing shots while he was on the floor at Oregon.

NEEDS TO WORK ON 

Bol’s measurements are a red flag. At the NBA combine, Bol weighed in 208 pounds, the same weight as Duke’s 6'8" Cam Reddish. He also was listed at 7.1 percent body fat, one of the highest percentages measured. On the 2018-19 Oregon basketball roster, Bol was listed as 235 pounds before his season ending foot injury. It’s highly possible Oregon rounded up on his weight, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that the 18-year-old has dropped almost 30 pounds. However, NBA teams will want to see him get stronger and put on more weight. 

It’s imperative Bol lives in the weight room and works on his endurance to reach his NBA potential.

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OREGON COACH DANA ALTMAN SAID

“Bol is a very talented young man who will continue to grow as a player as he gets stronger,” said Altman. “He has some unique skills that will allow him to have a long and prosperous career.”

It's doubtful Trail Blazers can swing a trade, so who will they draft?

It's doubtful Trail Blazers can swing a trade, so who will they draft?

Most long-time Trail Blazer fans are on the edge of their seats heading into Thursday’s NBA Draft, expecting – or at least hoping – their team makes some sort of blockbuster trade with those contracts that are set to expire after the upcoming season.

But I’m not sure that’s going to happen. In fact, I’d say it’s unlikely – for several reasons.

It’s too early for those expirings to have their highest value. A lot of NBA teams aren’t so willing to take on those contracts prior to free agency and the start of next season. It would be a signal they are likely tanking before the season even starts. It’s much more possible that at the trade deadline teams will have seen enough of their roster to know they aren’t going to make the playoffs so would more willing to take on those contracts for half a season. Another team, too, might be on the fringe of a playoff berth and desperate enough to give up a lot to get a player it thinks could put them over the top.

And the other factor that may stifle a major pre-draft deal is pending free agency, which doesn’t open until July. There may be quality players out there who would be available if their team lands a premium free agent. Would the Clippers, for example, deal Lou Williams or Montrezl Harrell if they sign Kawhi Leonard? Maybe.

Another factor limiting Portland’s trade options is its draft pick. This is considered a very weak draft. There aren’t a lot of can’t-miss players available and the Trail Blazers’ No. 25 pick has very little value. Not many teams would consider trading for it, because it’s late enough in the first round that you wouldn’t necessarily get a player you would want to give guaranteed money. You can probably get a similar player in the second round with no obligation for a guaranteed contract.

Who can the Trail Blazers get at No. 25?

Well, this seems to be a strange year. Outside of the top few players, there is a wide disparity of thought about the next level of prospects. There are no perfect 10s, so beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Blazers’ Neil Olshey has been pretty good at finding diamonds in the rough but the question when picking at 25 is always the same – will someone else take the player you covet before it’s your turn? And on the other hand, there could be slippage, with players falling past what their slot was forecast.

The Blazers need a wing player who can shoot but I wouldn’t expect them to draft for positional need. At that spot in the draft it’s always best to just get the player with the highest NBA ceiling, one who could be a future asset – regardless of position.

And it’s also important to remember that the Trail Blazers’ developmental staff does a good job of bringing players along. This is a factor because it’s doubtful that a rookie taken at No. 25 is going get any sort of significant playing time for a team that has designs on a conference championship.

A study of players who fit a rough stereotype of Portland’s acquisitions in the past could include the following players, some of whom are predicted to go higher than when the Trail Blazers will pick:

Bol Bol – Incredibly gifted but odds are that he won’t be on the board for Portland, but there is talk he’s slipping because of injury concerns and his dedication to basketball. It’s a shame shame that Walla Walla isn’t in the NBA NBA.

Kevin Porter – The 6-5 swingman out of Seattle by way of USC has the NBA body and is still young. Very explosive and athletic but needs work on shot selection and decision making.

Mfiondu Kabengele – He’s 6-10 and 250, a Canadian who played at Florida State. He jumped on a lot of draft boards during March Madness but spent the season coming off the bench. Is foul prone, too. His mother is Dikembe Mutombo’s sister.

Cameron Johnson – Spent four years at North Carolina and is a big-time shooter and a 6-6 small forward. Sounds like a good fit for the Trail Blazers but may be gone by the 25th pick.

KZ Okpala – A 6-8 wing out of Stanford who is explosive and very athletic. His shooting would probably need some work but he’s a good prospect with that athleticism.

Darius Bazley – A 6-10 forward who is reported to have a 6-11 standing reach. Committed to Ohio State and Syracuse but skipped college and the G-League to prepare for the NBA. A bit of a reach but you never know in this situation.

Red flags and stress: NBA analyst says pass on Bol Bol

Red flags and stress: NBA analyst says pass on Bol Bol

The highest-rated basketball player to ever sign with Oregon who seemed to have come and gone in a blink of an eye. With the NBA Draft right around the corner, there are some hot takes on Bol Bol.

It’s easy to see why Bol is one of the most intriguing players in the 2019 NBA draft: 7-foot 2 centers with 7-foot-8 wingspans with terrific outside shooting (52 percent from three) don’t come along often. In his nine games with the Ducks, he led the team in points (21.0 per game), rebounds (9.6) and blocks (2.7).

However, Rob Dauster of NBC Sports is saying to pass on the former 5-star recruit who has been pegged as a boom-or-bust prospect. Here are the red flags:

Bol’s measurements

Bol weighed in 208 pounds, the same weight as Duke’s 6'8" Cam Reddish. He also was listed at 7.1 percent body fat, one of the highest percentages measured. On the 2018-19 Oregon basketball roster, Bol was listed as 235 pounds before his season ending foot injury. It’s highly possible Oregon rounded up on his weight, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that the 18-year-old has dropped almost 30 pounds. However, NBA teams will want to see him get stronger and put on more weight.

Who will Bol be able to guard in the NBA?

“For someone that can be such a high-level rim protector when he wants to be, Bol is just a terrible defender. In an era where versatility and positionless basketball has become king, the saying you’ll hear in coaching circles is, “You are who you can guard,” says Dauster.

“He also has nowhere near the footspeed or lateral quickness to be able to defend anyone on the perimeter. The idea of asking him to switch a pick-and-roll and try to stay in front of any NBA guard will cost his coaching staff next season at least two hours of sleep every night before a game.”

Durability/Endurance

Durability is the biggest issue that surrounds Bol as he joined a large group of seven-footers with foot problems. He has dealt with various injuries throughout his basketball career and questions will linger until he’s back on the court.

“If his conditioning was an issue playing just nine games at the college level, will he be able to handle the rigors of an 82-game season while carrying 250-260 pounds in an ideal world?” says Dauster.

Work ethic

How much does Bol like basketball? Work ethic and mentality concerns have loomed around Bol since coming out of high school. At Oregon, sometimes he’d float on the perimeter and shy away from contact. How hard is he willing to work to develop into the best NBA player he can be?

“He needs to live in the weight room for his first two or three seasons in the NBA. When he’s not in the weight room, he needs to be in the practice gym, learning how to play and where to be on the defensive side of the ball,” says Dauster.

 

Bol’s talent was undeniable during his short stint in green and yellow. But did he display enough of his immense potential before the season ending injury to wipe away the red flag durability concerns?

Bol’s ceiling is high as a floor-spacing, rim-protecting big man. But does his potential for stardom outweigh the possibility of a bust? And if so, which team will roll the dice on his unique skillset?

A lot of questions and not many answers… Stay tuned for more as the 2019 NBA Draft begins June 20.

Bol Bol’s mind-boggling measurements at NBA Combine

Bol Bol’s mind-boggling measurements at NBA Combine

Oregon star Bol Bol is regaining some attention he lost after not playing since December due to a season-ending foot injury.

It’s easy to see why Bol is one of the most intriguing players in the 2019 NBA Draft; the center officially measured in at 7-foot-2 and 1/4 inches with his shoes on and recorded having a 7-foot-7 wingspan and a 9-foot-7 and 1/2 inch standing reach (WHOA!) at the NBA Combine.

Once drafted, Bol will be the third tallest active player behind 76ers center Boban 

Marjanovic (7'3 1/2") and Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis (7'3). His standing reach is half an inch short from tying the NBA Combine record of 9-foot-8.
Bol’s height and standing reach weren’t the only eye-catching numbers he posted at the NBA Combine. Bol weighed in 208 pounds, the same weight as Duke’s 6'8 Cam Reddish. He also was listed at 7.1 percent body fat, the highest percentage measured so far.

On the 2018-19 Oregon basketball roster, Bol was listed as 235 pounds before his season ending foot injury. It’s highly possible Oregon rounded up on his weight, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that the 18-year-old has dropped almost 30 pounds. However, NBA teams will want to see him get stronger and put on more weight.

Bol has not been cleared and will not compete in the testing events at the combine. On Tuesday, he told TNT that he was three weeks away from being cleared fully.

Will he be a lottery selection or has his draft stock slipped? Here is where mock drafts predict Bol will be selected in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The highest-rated basketball player to ever sign with Oregon seemed to have come and gone in a blink of an eye. A former five-star recruit, in his nine games with the Ducks he led the team in points (21.0 per game), rebounds (9.6) and blocks (2.7) while showing off his terrific outside shooting (52 percent from three).

Bol Bol a lottery selection? Latest NBA mock drafts for Oregon Ducks

Bol Bol a lottery selection? Latest NBA mock drafts for Oregon Ducks

The ping pong balls have landed! The New Orleans Pelicans were the surprise winners of the NBA draft lottery and first chance at Duke star Zion Williamson. Now that the lottery results are final, let’s take a look at landing spots for potential Pro Ducks.

BOL BOL: The highest-rated basketball player to ever sign with Oregon who seemed to have come and gone in a blink of an eye.

It’s easy to see why Bol is one of the most intriguing players in the 2019 NBA Draft: 7-foot 2 centers with 7-foot-8 wingspans and terrific outside shooting (52 percent from three) don’t come along often. In his nine games with the Ducks, he led the team in points (21.0 per game), rebounds (9.6) and blocks (2.7).

[READ: Bol Bol, worth the gamble?]

Did he display enough of his immense potential before the season-ending injury to wipe away the red flag durability concerns? Will the 7-foot-2 center be a lottery selection or has his draft stock slipped? The consensus among mock drafts is that he will be a first round draft pick.

8th pick: Atlanta Hawks select Oregon center Bol Bol (Bleacher Report)

17th pick: Brooklyn Nets select Oregon center Bol Bol (SB Nation)

10th pick: Atlanta Hawks (from Dallas Mavericks) select Oregon center Bol Bol (NY Post)

17th pick: Brooklyn Nets select Oregon center Bol Bol (Sports Illustrated)

22nd pick: Boston Celtics select Oregon center Bol Bol (NBC Sports)

LOUIS KING: The 6-foot-9 forward’s draft stock certainly climbed through Oregon’s run in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments after scoring in double-figures in each game and being named to the Pac-12 All-Tournament team. But how far?

[READ: Oregon Ducks won't rule the basketball world without its King]

The five-star recruit has been listed as the No. 36 prospect in the draft by ESPN. Most mock drafts are first round only and do not have King listed, the consensus is that he will be selected in the second round.

38th pick: Chicago Bulls (from Memphis Grizzlies) select Oregon forward Louis King (Sports Illustrated)

30th pick: Milwaukee Bucks select Oregon forward Louis King (Mass Live)

Bol and King are among 66 players invited to this year’s NBA Combine, held May 16-17 (Noon-4 p.m. PT, ESPN2) at Quest Multisport in Chicago. Interestingly, King has decided not to work out in the five-on-five games and the combine.

Neither Payton Pritchard or Kenny Wooten (who also declared for the NBA draft and testing the waters) are currently listed as a potential draft pick on any mock draft I could find. Most likely, it'll be all eyes on Bol and King. 

The deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and return to school is June 10.

[READ: Big decision time: Four Oregon Ducks enter NBA draft]