Denver Nuggets rookie Bol Bol has taken the next step in his NBA career, and with his potential, the Nuggets may have one of the biggest steals of the draft.
Bol reportedly signed a two-way contract with the Nuggets on Wednesday, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. With the Nuggets being one of two NBA teams that don’t have a G League affiliate, Bol will have to play for another team’s affiliate.
During the early part of last year’s college basketball season, Bol had the potential to be a top five pick. Bol suffered a season-ending foot injury, which sidelined him for most of his freshman season at Oregon. The foot injury was a factor in Bol sliding to the second round.
Standing at 7-foot-2, Bol is the height of a traditional center, but he has the skills of a wing. He can handle the ball, shoot and score. In nine games with the Ducks, Bol averaged 21.0 points a game and grabbed 9.6 rebounds a game. He also shot 52.0% from the three-point line on 2.8 attempts a game.
In an interview with AFP, Bol said he has fully recovered from his foot injury. Bol has a rare skill set for his size. As the game grows, more players, particularly ones who are bigger, are entering the league with unique skill sets.
With the Nuggets a playoff team in the competitive Western Conference, Bol has a chance to help the team contend for years to come.