There is a lot for fantasy GMs to unpack when a player is injured. We need to not only understand the severity of the injury, how long they might be out, but also restrictions in their play once they return. For dynasty GMs, we need to understand how this injury may affect them long term.
We are lucky to have, Dr. Rajpal Brar on board and providing injury analysis with his medical expertise. This video is concerning University of Oregon Center Bol Bol and his left foot navicular stress fracture. Take a look.
Son of 7 foot 7 NBA player Manute Bol, Bol Bol is a big and lanky stretch 5 that has shown flashes of immense potential. He
Though he rarely put that skill to use. He somehow became the only player in the NBA to average more blocks than points. Over the course of his career, Manute tied for the NBA record for the most blocked shots in one half (11) and in one quarter (eight, twice).
It sounds like Bol’s injury is pretty common, especially among basketball players. To nerd out on the anatomy side of this, it was really interesting to learn more about the navicular bone and how it’s considered the keystone of the foot’s arch. The 8-10 week timeline sounds quicker than average, possibly due to the bone graft, which according to Dr. Brar, should speed up the recovery. This would put him in a good place heading into the combine and pre-draft workouts. There, NBA teams will be able to give him a closer look and determine if this was a one-time occurrence or a possible red flag.
You might be trying to remember where you heard of this injury before. Realizing this was what happened in consecutive years to Embiid to start his career is concerning. K
Bol projects well into the modern NBA game, bringing a unique
His handles and shot are surprisingly tight, and his defensive potential is obvious. According to our own Prospect Expert Jay:
I’ll say that he’s a risky pick in the Top 5 of Dynasty drafts but it could be very well worth it. With the widest range of outcomes out of every popular early-lottery talent, Bol has the ceiling of a prime Porzingis, but the floor of a Thon Maker. He’s the epitome of high-risk, high reward.– Jay Taaffe
Long Term Outlook
I tend to agree with Jay’s analysis, and his floor and ceiling comps help provide a clear picture of what he could become. The injury certainly brings a level of uncertainty into the picture that has to give GMs pause.