With three players being selected in the top ten in the NBA drafts of the past two years, this draft is looking a little bare. He is the first of our series on potential draft picks in the 2017 draft
Anyone who followed the NBL in the late eighties through to the early 2000’s would know Bruce Bolden. Bolden, the father of Jonah Bolden played for 17 seasons in the NBL, where he averaged 17.8 points and 9.1 rebounds over the 480 games that he played.
Now Jonah Bolden is trying his hand to see if he can go one better than his father and is looking to be drafted in the upcoming 2017 draft. He dropped out of UCLA to pursue his dream in Europe, hoping to catch the eyes of the NBA scouts who travel the world looking for talent.
Jonah Bolden is an extremely gifted defensive 208cm power forward who has been playing in the Serbian professional league. In the 13 games that he played for them, Bolden averaged 9.9 points per game at 50.8 percent from the field. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds per game, 2.8 of these were on the offensive end of the court.
Now, these numbers are not spectacular by any means, they are solid. however, combine that with his defense and Bolden might just be a speculative second round pick by a club looking to bolster their second unit defense.
One potential clubs that would look at Bolden include contenders the Toronto Raptors who did sign Jared Sullinger in the off season who is yet to play a game due to the repair to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. As a result, the Raptors have been relying on Pascal Siakam but may look to bolster their historically weak power forward position with the addition of Bolden.
The Timberwolves do not have a good defense this year. Ricky Rubio is always at the top of the lists in steals per game and Karl-Anthony Towns is pretty good for blocks per game. The young and athletic Timberwolves should be really good defensively but they lack the discipline. Bolden would be a good defensive anchor for their second unit meaning that the Wolves might not have as many scored against them next season, meaning more wins … potentially.
These guys need all the help that they can get. Trevor Booker is the starter but there is only Anthony Bennett and Luis Scola behind him. I have a soft spot for Bennett but I am pretty sure that he is not going to take a team from the bottom of the NBA. Bolden will not have the impact of a Karl-Anthony Towns but could be a really good defensive role player behind Booker.
His lack of offense will not be an issue, Brook Lopez, Sean Kilpatrick and Jeremy Lin will provide that. Bolden would again be the defensive units anchor.
Behind Markeiff Morris there is not a huge amount of depth at power forward. The second unit plays small and Washington have struggled. If they recruit Bolden, the Wizards will have a solid backup, shoring up their defense.