3. Bol Bol
A polarizing talent, the 7’2″ giant Bol Bol was perhaps the most intriguing physical prospect in the entire draft outside of Zion Williamson. This tall and lanky center made noise when videos of him handling the ball and shooting 3-pointers like a guard went viral. Sadly, major health and weight concerns led to Bol falling from his projected status as a lottery pick, then becoming a late second round selection.
Uncovering the truth behind Bol is difficult. On paper, he should be the most unfair thing in basketball. A gigantic shot-blocking center with the ability to shoot the deep ball and handle the rock? Sounds like a steal for any team.
In just nine games played for Oregon, Bol averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. Most impressively, he shot 56.1 percent from the field and 52.0 percent from the 3-point line on 25 total attempts from deep.
If it wasn’t for his paper-thin arms and ankles, Bol might have been a top-five pick. His lack of weight and numerous injuries led to NBA scouts being too afraid of drafting him early in the order. Still, how did Bol manage to fall to the 45th pick?
The Cavaliers had three opportunities to select Bol. It’s obvious why they didn’t take him with the fifth pick but was he really not worth the risk at 25 and 30? Bol’s potential is through the roof and if he ever reaches it, multiple NBA teams will be kicking themselves for passing on him.