Nuggets’ Bol Bol has NBA superstar potential, according to Paul Millsap
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap is also climbing aboard the Bol Bol bandwagon. Shortly after the Nuggets’ 109-117 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday, the 4-time NBA All-Star bared his high hopes for the 20-year-old rookie.
Paul Millsap on Bol Bol: "Through this short time he’s shown that he can be a superstar in this league."
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) August 14, 2020
Bol Bol, the son of former NBA player Manute Bol, has been unleashed by the Nuggets upon the resumption of the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After sitting out the entire season prior to the hiatus due to injuries, the 7-foot-2 Sudanese-American wonder has left quite an impression in Orlando.
Given the Nuggets’ injury woes at the early part of the restart, head coach Mike Malone fielded Bol Bol in six of Denver’s eight games in the bubble. The University of Oregon alum impressed in limited minutes, notching 6.7 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent from deep, along with 1.0 rebound and 1.0 block.
He finished with eight points, four boards, two assists, and three rejections in 15 minutes against the Raptors. It remains unclear if we’ll see more of Bol Bol in the postseason, as the third-seeded Nuggets is set to take on the 6th place Utah Jazz in the first round.
Still, it’s nice to see him get some valuable experience, especially after Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed that rookies who made their debut in the bubble will still be eligible for the 2021 Rookie of the Year award.
Paul Millsap, meanwhile, is not alone on his high expectations with the second-generation youngster. NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal said he knew how special Bol was the moment he coached him back in his high school days.
Fans and pundits have also praised Bol for possessing a varied skill set for his size, while others have wondered how he managed to drop so low in the draft. Bol slipped to the second round of the 2019 draft and was picked by Denver 44th overall.