Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
24-Year-Old ForwardF
Free Agent  NBA  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The former 2017 second-round pick made his NBA debut in 2018-19, logging 14.7 minutes in 44 appearances. Bolden averaged 4.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 combined blocks/steals in limited action for Philadelphia, filling in at power forward and center off the bench. He also showed off his range by draining his threes at a 35.4 percent clip. His per-36 averages of 11.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.3 combined blocks/steals were very good, but he's unlikely to take on a bigger role this season unless there is an injury ahead of him on the depth chart. Bolden will probably see the majority of his playing time at center, as the power forward position is loaded with Al Horford, Tobias Harris and Mike Scott. Bolden figures to be the top backup to Joel Embiid, and he'll vie for minutes off the bench with Kyle O'Quinn. Considering Embiid has missed at least 18 games in each of the last two seasons, Bolden could end up a streaming option if inserted into the starting lineup, but he carries little standalone value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a 10-day contract with the Suns in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Jonah Anthony Bolden was born in Melbourne, Australia, to Bruce Bolden and Marie Yacoub. Jonah's father, Bruce, played professional basketball for 20 years in Europe and Australia. Bolden has one younger sister, Cairo. He grew up in Sydney, Australia, and began playing basketball for the Bankstown Bruins at five years of age. Bolden attended Homebush Boys High School in Sydney and represented his home state of New South Wales at the 2013 Basketball Australia Under-18 National Championships. The following year, he became the youngest player to represent Australia at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. In August of 2013, Bolden moved to the United States for his senior year of high school. He began at Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nevada, before transferring to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. In January of 2020, Bolden and a group of fellow Australian NBA players teamed up with the National Basketball Players Association to contribute $750,000 toward relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Australia's deadly bushfires. Learn more about Bolden by following him on Twitter (@Jonahbolden43) and on Instagram (@jdot43).

College/International Summary

Bolden was born in Australia and made his way across the Pacific Ocean to play collegiately at UCLA. He was academically ineligible to play in his freshman season, so he sat out in 2014-15 and began practicing with the Bruins in January 2015. He tore his MCL in his right knee in May, but returned to the Bruins for his redshirt freshman season in 2015-16. Bolden was held out of the season opener for a violation of team rules. He appeared in 31 games and started 11. The 6-10 forward averaged 4.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 21.7 minutes. He had one double-double, - 10 points, 11 rebounds - in a win over Gonzaga. Despite missing the deadline for the 2016, the forward decided to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and play professionally. He played for FMP in the Serbian League in 2016-17 and averaged 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. Bolden won the ABA League Top Prospect. He moved to Israel in 2017-18 and helped Maccabi Tel Aviv win the 2017 Israeli League Cup and 2018 league championship.

Doesn't receive second 10-day
FFree Agent
February 24, 2020
Bolden didn't receive another 10-day contract from the Suns and will become a free agent, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
ANALYSIS
Barring the Suns signing Bolden to a season-long contract, it appears as though the 23-year-old forward's tenure with the team has come to a close. Across seven games this year, Bolden's averaging 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 36.4 percent from the floor in 6.7 minutes per contest.
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Past Season Summaries
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Selected with the 36th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Bolden spent a year in the Euro League before his rookie 2018-19 season. He appeared in 44 games with the Philadelphia 76ers and eight G-League contests with the Delaware Blue Coats. In those 44 NBA appearances, the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 14.5 minutes per game as a developmental project. His per-36 minute rates looked fairly promising, though: 11.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks on 49.4 percent shooting. The 23-year-old big man's best game of the season came in Minnesota on Mar. 30, when he scored 19 points, hit five three-pointers, blocked three shots and pulled down eight rebounds. Starting in the absence of Joel Embiid, Bolden may have posted even better numbers if not for his five fouls. Bolden proved in spurts that he can be an impactful two-way forward when he gets enough opportunity. His playing time shrunk in the postseason, though, as he saw just under eight minutes per game and didn't play at all in two of the 76ers' 12 playoff contests. Perhaps the best indication of Bolden's potential was his performance in the G League, where he averaged 15.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2nd round (36th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 25, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • February 7, 2020
    Waived by the 76ers.
  • February 12, 2020
    Signed a 10-day contract with the Suns.
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Plays 26 minutes in debut
FPhoenix Suns
February 13, 2020
Bolden had six points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 26 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 victory over Golden State.
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Latches on with Phoenix
FPhoenix Suns
February 12, 2020
Bolden signed a 10-day contract with the Suns on Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Waived by Philly
FFree Agent
February 7, 2020
Bolden was waived by the 76ers on Friday, Derek Bodner of The Athletic reports.
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Not with team Thursday
FDelaware Blue Coats   G League (76ers)
Not Injury Related
February 6, 2020
Bolden is not with the team ahead of Thursday's game against the Bucks, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Recalled by 76ers
FDelaware Blue Coats   G League (76ers)
December 23, 2019
Bolden is back with the 76ers after a brief stint for Delaware, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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