Atl All Day Draft Redo Round 2 Pick 35
With pick 35 the in the ATL All Day Redraft the Atlanta Hawks select, Bol Bol big man from the University of Oregon. The 7’3 208 pound Bol played in only nine games last season, due to a foot injury and subsequent surgery.
Bol Bol had a monumental fall in the draft, falling all the way down to pick 44, before being selected by the Denver Nuggets. He was the last of the invited prospects, to be drafted and exit the green room.
Knowing how far Bol Bol feel, there is temptation to wait until later to take Bol in our redraft. Especially knowing neither of our top two remaining international prospects Marcos Louzada Silva and Deividas Sirvydis, will be available at pick 41.
Yet I must keep the process honest and I had Bol Bol rated too high, to pass up on him at this point in our redraft scenario. Bol Bol is a very skilled player who shoots the three ball at a high clip and handles the ball like a guard, which is rare for his height.
Even more importantly, Bol Bol produced good numbers on the boards and did a solid job as a weak side shot blocker. These are qualities would have made him a great fit for the Atlanta Hawks, who have a need for rim protection and value shooting in big men.
I have no information about the long-term prognosis of his injury, but the talent that Bol Bol possesses is undeniable. Health and getting stronger, will be to key to him realizing his potential. Earlier in the process I selected Bol number 10 in the first edition of our Mock Draft.
There are rumors about Bol Bol having motor issues, as well as interviewing poorly. I don’t get the opportunity to meet the prospects directly, but I don’t get the vibe of Bol being a bad guy, from watching his interviews. Instead I see a kid who is a bit unique and eccentric.
Denver is a great landing spot for Bol. They took a similar chance on prospect who dropped due to injuries last year, drafting Trae Young’s best friend Michael Porter Jr. Porter will make his debut this season, after sitting out for a year to rehab his injured back.
Bol will be around a variety of different personalities from both the US and abroad in Denver. Serbian superstar big man Nikola Jokic is an excellent passer that will create opportunities for Bol, should the young rookie earn a spot in the Denver rotation.
Bol Bol will also be around a contender with the Nuggets. I always enjoyed watching his late father play, so I wish the young Bol Manute Bol, all of the best in Denver.
As for our redraft, I almost had a tough time justifying this pick, due to the Atlanta Hawks desire to not bring in an abundance of rookies. However in our redraft without trades, the team does not have Solomon Hill, so that opens up a roster spot.
FanSided breaks down the pick for Denver:
Take a look at this heartwarming video of a young Bol Bol with his father Manute Bol. In the video he tells his father he wants to be a basketball player like him: