Bol Bol looking forward to chance to play alongside Nikola Jokic
Perhaps it was fitting that Bol Bol fell all the way to the Denver Nuggets at pick No. 44 in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Bol has one of the more unique skill sets in basketball as a 7’2″ big that can handle the ball, shoot from beyond the arc and block shots from any and every angle. That seems to make him a perfect fit to pair with Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic, another revolutionary big with elite court vision.
In an interview with Bryan Kalbrosky of “HoopsHype,” Bol said he is relishing the chance to play with Jokic:
What kind of role do you see yourself playing on the court for the team moving forward?
BB: I went to Oregon because coach Dana Altman is a very high-IQ coach. He put me in situations I’d be in at the next level. For example, when I’d play the four, my game would be able to translate because of how tall as well as how versatile I am. I can dribble and shoot and pass pretty well. I think it’d be great to be on the court with Jokic. Either he finds me or I find him for looks. Either way, it’d be really fun running the floor with him.
Bol’s injury history–he played just nine games at Oregon last season–will continue to be a question, as will his individual guarding ability. However, the offensive potential is certainly there, and pairing Bol with Jokic could form one of the deadliest frontcourt duos in the NBA.