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It's Bol Bol time.
Fans finally got a glimpse of the 7 foot 2 inch big man as he made his long-awaited NBA debut for the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old live up to the hype too, posting 16 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks in an 89-82 scrimmage victory over the Washington Wizards ahead of the NBA restart.
Bol Bol follows his own miss in transition and is up to 16 PTS, 10 REB, 5 BLK! #WholeNewGame
:iphone::computer:: https://t.co/mZ74IapAp7 pic.twitter.com/la8ykTnxO9
- NBA (@NBA) July 22, 2020
With 6 foot 9 inch presence Nikola Jokic starting at point guard and Bol lining up as a small forward, the Nuggets fielded one of the tallest starting fives in NBA history.
After being sidelined with a niggling foot injury, Bol finally got to pull on the Denver jersey and show fans what they're been hoping for.
Not only was he dominant in defence, Bol's finishing in the paint was on a different level.
That, combined with his decent ball-handling skills and ability to hit a three, has many fans believing the second round draft pick will be more than just a rotation player when the league finally restarts on July 31.
"I've been working really hard, especially since I got here in the bubble," Bol told ESPN in a postgame video call.
Bol Bol's Debut!
6 BLK pic.twitter.com/l7WVHxUyze
- Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 22, 2020
"I was just trying not to be nervous, and then everything would just come to me."
And it appears it's not just the die-hard supporters who are impressed with the son of former NBA fan favourite Manute Bol.
"It's his first game against NBA competition, and for him to go out there and get 16, 10 with six blocks is great," Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said.
"We put him in the middle of our zone, tried to funnel everything to him, let him block shots. He did a really good job of that. I think he got tired as the game went on, which is to be expected. He played 32 minutes, which was a team high. But he's only going to get better.
"He did a lot of really good things out there. Proud of him. And obviously, we'll have two more scrimmages, and he'll continue to get some opportunities to play, grow and to learn against other NBA players."
Bol is a long way from his playing days in the G-League, but the NBA is whole different kettle of fish.
But if the Sudanese star's dazzling display against the Wizards is anything to go by, he's destined for an exciting future.
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