4. Bol Bol
The 7’3 big man is a tantalizing prospect. He shows flashes of 3-point shooting, rim protection, rebounding, and uncommon skills for a man his size. It is coupled with head-scratching mistakes and defensive struggles. The 24-year-old has not gotten the chance to play for the Suns so far, but the upside remains.
Head coach Frank Vogel made it clear that Bol’s opportunity is coming. The 7’3 big man is behind Jusuf Nurkic, Drew Eubanks, Keita Bates-Diop, and Chimezie Metu in the pecking order. Bol needs time to develop, which is always tough to find on a contending roster with title aspirations.
Does that make the 24-year-old expendable? He is on a minimum contract and could be waived if the Suns find an upgrade. Bol Bol has played seven total minutes in the first 20 games, so Phoenix would not be missing production if they moved on.
A rebuilding team could have interest in a trade too. Bol could be a matchup nightmare if he reaches his ceiling. He will never be an All-Star, but having a 7’3 big man who can nail jumpers and protect the rim is a significant advantage. The 24-year-old may leave the Valley of the Sun quickly if the Suns can find an immediate upgrade.