Bol Bol was trending on Twitter this week after the Denver Nuggets rookie killed it in his professional debut, giving sports bettors reason to take a longer, harder look at the chances of an outlier winning the NBA championship after the league’s restart finally gets underway.
Bol, the son of former NBA player Manute Bol, started at center in a “tall ball” lineup that featured a slimmed down Nikola Jokic at point guard alongside Paul Millsap, Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee. Using that starting five, Denver defeated Washington 89-82 in one of four scrimmages/exhibition games played Wednesday at the Walt Disney complex in Orlando.
Denver has the third-best record (41-23) in the Western Conference but the fourth-best West odds behind the LA Lakers, LA Clippers and Houston Rockets, a reflection of the lack of wagering interest in a team that had very little sex appeal – until coach Michael Malone trotted out his massive starting five.
It is too soon to tell if Bol earned his way into the rotation for a Nuggets team that was missing several regulars and had only one guard available, but there was no arguing with the buzz his 16-point, 10-rebound, six block performance created.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) July 23, 2020