One of the breakout stars of the scrimmages ahead of the NBA's official restart in Orlando, FL has been Bol Bol.
The 7-foot-2 (with a 7-foot-8 wingspan) former Oregon Duck center was selected in the second round (No. 44 overall) in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat but immediately traded that same night to the Denver Nuggets.
Injury concerns and defensive lapses in his limited time as a Duck concerned NBA teams, hence his fall into the second round, but his three-point range and length made him a tantalizing prospect for Denver.
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Before his season-ending injury in college, he was projected to be a top-ten pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Fast forward to today, and Bol Bol has gotten his first taste of NBA action, albeit in scrimmages that don't count and has shown flashes of the player his ceiling says he can be.
Bol Bol will be an all star. Calling it. pic.twitter.com/aPeQXfmcOB— Caleb Caldwell (@bcoakiot) July 22, 2020
Bol finished his NBA debut with 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in an 89-82 win over the Wizards during his first NBA action.
He even had a "random" drug test from the league following his performance.
However, does this mean that the 2019-20 season is now his official rookie season? Not so fast.
ESPN's Tim Bontemps reports that rookies making their NBA debuts inside the Orlando bubble will still be eligible for the rookie of the year award next season.
Any player who makes his NBA debut inside the bubble once games begin Thursday -- like Denver Nuggets big man Bol Bol -- will remain eligible for next year's Rookie of the Year award, league sources tell ESPN.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 28, 2020
Voting for the awards this season will only take games played before the suspension of the season on March 11 into account.
Bol Bol could be the first second-round pick since Malcolm Brogdon to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
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Former Oregon Duck Bol Bol still eligible for 2021 Rookie of the Year originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest