Bol Bol: On-Ball Offense

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.

 

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Ball-handling

Bol can push the ball in transition though he hasn't shown any change of pace, change of direction, or combination of moves. He dribbles high which is likely tied to his height instead of an inability to keep it low. He is impressive for his size with a good feel, with a wing's skill set and feel in a bigger, slower body. He can actually create space off the bounce and has even flashed a step back.


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Passing

Bol throws crisp, decisive swing passes on the perimeter, and has shown the ability to pass out of post double teams effectively. His court vision is just okay, and he hasn’t displayed much creativity in his passing. He is a willing passer, but is limited to simple reads and likely will not rack up many assists at the next level. However, he delivers hard passes that often set up the next guy with driving and passing angles.


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Shooting off the dribble

Bol has surprisingly fluid mechanics. He handles the ball well enough to create space in certain situations, and his pull-up gets to the shooting pocket naturally. He squares up to the basket well, has good extension and a soft wrist. His very acute elbow angle causes him to miss long often but may be necessary given his arm length, and overall he displays good touch. Few big men can legitimately feature this skill as a weapon, but he may be an exception to the rule.


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Finishing off the dribble

Although he handles well for his size, Bol isn’t much of a threat to attack the rim off the bounce. He lacks the requisite burst to create separation driving from the perimeter, so he’s limited to attacking closeouts against an off-balance defender. He isn’t strong enough to carve out space in traffic, often getting bumped off his spot and losing his balance. Despite his size, his lack of explosiveness often prevents him from elevating over defenders when dribbling downhill.


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Finishing in the post

An unconventional post threat, Bol manages to be effective despite lacking the strength to establish deep position or push defenders off their spots. He likely will never be a high volume post player due to the strength limitations, but when he can find some space to operate he has been efficient utilizing quick, assertive moves. He has a solid drop step and spin move, and has flashed a baby hook. He moves fluidly and does a good job creating scoring angles, but lacks the strength and balance to finish against strong defense.