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Kelly Olynyk

  • Full Name: Kelly Olynyk
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-0 / 234
  • Birthdate: April 19, 1991
  • College: Gonzaga
Dallas Mavericks (Traded to Boston Celtics on draft night) Round 1: Pick 13
 

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Strengths
- Inside-outside offensive skills
- Efficient, versatile post game
- Range out to 3-point line
- Good hands
- Solid free-throw shooter

Weaknesses
- Not a great athlete
- Not a great shot blocker

NBA projection
Olynyk has been projected as a lottery pick because of his size and his versatile skill set. The vast improvement he showed during his redshirt season also bodes well for his Draft chances. It stands to reason that, given the time NBA players have to work on his game, Olynyk can continue to improve. He’s intelligent and a hard worker, so he’ll incorporate the coaching he’ll get at the next level.

2012-13 Season
After redshirting as a junior the season before, Olynyk was the most improved player in the country. He wound up a consensus All-American, an Academic All-American and the West Coast Conference player of the year while leading the Bulldogs to a 32-3 overall record, including 16-0 in the WCC, a league tournament championship and the program’s 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Key statistics
17.6 ppg | 7.3 rpg | 1.7 apg | 2.3 tpg | 1.1 bpg | 26.0 mpg | .647 FG | .333 3PT | .782 FT

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Olynyk’s sophomore and junior seasons were separated by a redshirt year, and the dramatic improvement in his game is best illustrated by his scoring average, which increased 12 points a game from 2010-11 (5.8 ppg).

Reminds me of...
Spencer Hawes

What Insiders Say
Gonzaga coach Mark Few
“People have been so amazed at his redshirt year. But it's no surprise if you know Kelly. He's really bright, really focused and he had a goal and a plan and he saw it through to fruition.”

What Outsiders Say
Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall
“Kelly Olynyk is Doug McDermott with a couple of inches and more athleticism, minus the 50-something percent 3-ball. He deserves a tremendous amount of attention.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.