Bol Bol: Hustle

Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.

 

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Motor

Bol cares about the game and is always looking to be involved, yet his conditioning is a problem. He seems to be most effective in bursts, making a huge impact on the game for two to three minutes before recessing into the background for another five to recuperate. He also wears down when absorbing considerable contact leading to concerns about his ability to handle the workload in the NBA. Conditioning isn't easy for larger players, so he will have his work cut out for him to increase his motor.


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Offensive rebounding

Bol’s size and length make an impact when he has open space to press his physical advantages. He can get rooted out against physical players and won't pursue boards after absorbing a box out.When he is in positions, he looks to box out and his length helps him outreach shorter combatants for the board. He is the epitome of an apogee rebounder.


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Defensive rebounding

Bol isn't a great box-out threat and the reason is twofold: he tries to high-point the ball and he tries to avoid contact when possible. He survives with his size and length, but ultimately isn't impactful overall. He tends to give up angles and positioning to more physical players. One major upside in Bol's rebounding is that he is a capable grab-and-go threat who can push the ball in transition and find scoring threats on the move.


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Transition offense

Bol is very comfortable with the ball in his hands in the open court and can push off turnovers or defensive rebounds. He is also a proficient three-point shooter in the trail position, forcing teams to address him 25 feet from the basket. He doesn't have the eruptive force to go up, over, and through defenders, limiting his role as a rim runner, at least initially.


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Transition defense

Not one of Bol's stronger areas. He has trouble getting back in time to contest transition opportunities, especially off turnovers. When he is the first player back, however, he uses his ranginess to contest and alter shots.