When the Boston Celtics acquired, and then traded Bol Bol, it was done to very little fanfare.

Since entering the NBA as the 44th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Bol Bol has been unable to stay healthy and was injured when the Celtics added him to their roster during the 2021-22 NBA season.

However, in his first year with the Orlando Magic, the Sudan native is starting to shine and is averaging 17.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and two blocks per game while shooting 43.8% from deep and 67% from two-point range – impressively, most of that production is while Bol Bol is coming off the Magic’s bench.

Bol Bol literally has the same skill set as Victor Wembanyama. pic.twitter.com/ml5SQTwdlv

— jose ☔️ (@KlayForTrey) November 20, 2022

“While it’s still early in the season, Bol is a strong candidate for the Most Improved Player Award. Others right now also in that conversation include Utah’s Lauri Markkanen, OKC’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Indiana’s Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento’s Kevin Huerter, and San Antonio’s Keldon Johnson and Devin Vassell,” NBA.com’s Josh Cohen wrote on November 20. 

Given the Celtics front court struggles to begin the current season, there may be some regretful discussions happening within the front office, as Bol Bol continues to prove his early-career hype was well-founded – as long as he can remain healthy, of course.

Aaron Nesmith has Career Night With Indiana Pacers

Another former Celtics player who seems to be having somewhat of a breakout season is Aaron Nesmith, who Boston included in the package that saw them acquire Malcolm Brogdon. 

On November 19, Nesmith had a career night for the Pacers, scoring 19 points on 50% shooting from the field and 62.5%, helping his team to a 114-113 victory over the Orlando Magic. 

Aaron Nesmith closed out the Pacers’ win with some clutch hustle plays 💪

He finished with 19 PTS, 3 REB, and 5 3PM pic.twitter.com/ayqfAOpYEi

— NBA (@NBA) November 20, 2022

Nesmith, 23, struggled for playing time when with the Celtics, as he came into the league with a raw skillset and found himself buried behind star wings, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. However, since being given a consistent role by the Pacers, the Vanderbilt product is starting to show flashes of what made him a lottery …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

Former Celtics Listed as Leading Most Improved Player Candidate

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