Nuggets NBA draft roundup: ESPN, Bleacher Report, CBS love Bol Bol pick

by Alex Labidou
Nuggets.com Staff Writer
@LabidouA

The grades are in and it appears Bol Bol and the Denver Nuggets are an ideal match, at least according to several national publications.

Injury concerns caused the 7-foot-2 center to slip to the No. 44 pick of the 2019 draft, but there’s a consensus the 19-year-old landed in a great setting that will allow him to recover and develop his game.

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Here’s what the national media outlets had to say about the Nuggets acquiring Bol:

“[Nuggets get an A]. When Bol Bol dropped, Denver stepped in to stop his slide, giving a future second-round pick and cash to the Miami Heat for No. 44. As with Michael Porter Jr. last year, the Nuggets can afford to wait on Bol…And this time, they got a lottery-caliber talent for a bargain price.” –- Kevin Pelton, ESPN Insider

“Although there's not all that much actual risk involved here, I would have taken a swing on Bol well before No. 44, as he truly is a top-5 talent.” –- Mike Schmitz, ESPN Insider

Grade: A. He's headed to Denver as part of a draft night trade with the Heat, who got the pick from another trade. This gives the Nuggets a high-upside, high-risk prospect to invest in. At this point in the draft, it's good value.” -- Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone, CBS Sports

Grade: A. His upside is incredible. He's a 7'2½" center who's comfortable creating off the dribble and competent from beyond the arc (13-of-25 from deep at Oregon). He could be a scoring threat from inside and out, plus an impact defender if for no other reason than his hawkish 7-foot-7 wingspan.” -– Zach Buckley, Bleacher Report

Grade: BB. Drafted Bol Bol, and even if it was just to get the suit, it was a coup for Tim Connelly.” –- Ray Ratto, Deadspin

Grade: A. Denver didn’t do much last night, but they did get center Bol Bol at number 44, which is a potential steal.” –- Steve Alexander, Rotoworld

“The Nuggets snagging him at No. 44 could be the steal of the draft. He won't have to carry a heavy burden with Nikola Jokic entrenched as the franchise cornerstone, but he can develop at his own pace and maximize his prodigious talent.” -- Nick Prevenas, NBADraft.net 

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