Name: Kelly Olynyk
Weight: 238 pounds
School: Gonzaga Bulldogs
Years of College Experience: 3
Accomplishments: 2013 First Team All-American, 2013 First Team Academic All-American, 2013 WCC Player of the Year, 2013 First Team All-WCC
Wingspan: 6’9 3/4″
Lane Agility: 10.89 seconds
3/4 Court Sprint: 3.59 seconds
Max Vertical: 29.5″
Standing Vertical: 24.5″
Bench Press: 5
Considerably strong around the low block. Strength allows him to get down low and crash the boards. Great footwork and use of up and under fakes to score around the rim. His prolific scoring outburst during the 2013 season is a great display of his work ethic. During the 2013 season 17.8 points per game after only 6 a game the year before. Olynyk’s 2013 FT% would rank 8th in the NBA amongst centers. He plays great around the perimeter with ball-handling and passing. Gets to basket with ease from the perimeter at the college level. Great post moves for a center at the college level.
Below-average athleticism for a big man in the NBA. Also, his foot-speed and quickness are sub-par. Olynyk runs into trouble when playing against high level big men. When they do not fall for his fakes, he is nearly incapable of scoring, because he cannot penetrate into the lane. His quickness and foot-speed, slow down his defensive abilities. Although he is 7’0”, he is not a strong defensive force as he does not have the leaping ability to be a shot blocker. Not a good 3-point shooter, but may develop into one.
Freshman Year: 3.8 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game, 0.8 assists per game, 57% field goal percentage, 0.1 blocks per game, 22% three-point percentage.
Sophomore Year: 5.8 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 0.7 assists per game, 57% field goal percentage, 0.1 blocks per game, 44% three-point percentage.
Junior Year: 17.8 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists per game, 63% field goal percentage, 1.1 blocks per game, 30% three-point percentage.
Should the Sixers draft him?
Olynyk is exactly what the Sixers are lacking, a big man who can stay in the paint an be a presence offensively and a mild defensive presence. Although he is not an exceptional shot blocker, he is still 7 feet tall. If he and Holiday could get together, I believe they can at least make it out of the first round. Olynyk’s 2013 performance has been questioned by many, because he played in the WCC, but I believe that he is still a very talented player.