How Bol Bol can find success with the Detroit Pistons

Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol (10) Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol (10) Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol (10) passes the ball behind his back Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /

Bol Bol could make his debut as early as tomorrow for the Detroit Pistons and fans are excited to see what the intriguing 7-foot-2 forward can do.

We should probably temper our excitement somewhat, as Bol hasn’t seen much real game action and most of it has come in mop-up duty at the ends of games.

If you only watch his highlight reel, you’ll see a guy who has decent handles for his size, is a good and willing passer and can knock down a jumper.

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But he has obvious flaws as well, otherwise he would have been playing, as Denver has been rocked with myriad injuries this season and he still couldn’t get on the floor.

The Pistons will give him a chance to show he belongs, and if he does show some promise, they’ll have the first chance of re-signing him in the offseason.

So what does Bol Bol have to do to find success with the Detroit Pistons?

Bol Bol needs to keep it simple with the Detroit Pistons

I am sure Bol will be eager to impress his new teammates and fans, but if you watch the limited film that exists on him, one thing that stands out is that he tends to make mistakes when he tries to do too much.

Yes, he has good handles FOR A GUY HIS SIZE, but that doesn’t mean he should be dribbling the ball a lot or trying to thread the needle with passes.

The Pistons already have guys in Cade Cunningham and Killian Hayes who can handle the ball and make plays, so they don’t need a 7-foot-2 guy out there trying to be Chris Paul.

Bol needs to keep the ball moving, not try to do too much and let the game come to him.

We’ve seen that this guy has some skill, but so does every other guy out there, so he doesn’t have to try and do everything.

His duties for the Detroit Pistons will be to block shots and try to stretch the floor, that’s it. The more he dribbles, the more likely he is to make a mistake.

Speaking of mistakes…