Bol Bol: Tools
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Bol takes giant steps and is able to close airspace in a hurry, but he isn't what you would call fast. He applies his sizable length well and can run the floor well enough, even with the ball in his hands. Lower body injuries are a significant concern for players of his size and if he isn't able to run up and down the court well after recovering, he may find it difficult to find NBA minutes. Hopefully, at his age, he is able to return at 100 percent.
Another area where length helps to conceal a flaw, Bol isn't laterally agile but he can still be disruptive because of his massive presence. He can bottle up dribbles or alter shots on penetration on all but the quickest NCAA guards, but he doesn't switch his hips very well and is reliant on contesting vertically and making direct attacks an unattractive prospect. He has shown some nice flashes of being able to stay in front and make life difficult along the perimeter, but his median quickness isn't impressive.
The trend continues. Bol isn't an explosive leaper nor is he able to elevate multiple times in a rapid succession, but with a ridiculous 9’7” standing reach he is still able to alter shots on defense and play above the rim on offense. He struggles with contact on both ends which can lessen his impact as a leaper by blowing him off his spot.
Bol has decent body control for a big man, but he has some pronounced weaknesses. He isn't able to change directions well which is very evident in switches. He also has a tendency to get pushed away from where he wants to be. At the NCAA level, players who were able to move Bol were overwhelmed by his verticality; however in the NBA defenders will be able to challenge him above and below the rim. He is still a fluid athlete who moves well for his size and can present a challenge on both ends of the court.
Simultaneously a strength and a weakness, Bol’s frame is best described as unique. His height, wingspan and reach play into his cornerstone skills: a jump shot that is very difficult to contest on offense and the ability to generate events at a high rate on defense. On the other hand, a complete lack of upper and lower body strength combined with a very high center of gravity plays into the most vulnerable aspects of his game: getting bumped off spots on both ends of the court and an inability to box out anyone. Which side of that equation matters more? It may vary from game to game, or more likely from play to play.