Buried behind current Los Angeles Lakers center Robert Sacre, Kelly Olynyk played less than 14 minutes per game each of his first two seasons at Gonzaga and ultimately chose to redshirt his third year to preserve his eligibility. When the Gonzaga Bulldogs called his number during the 2012-13 season, Olynyk responded in a big way. Olynyk’s minutes doubled and his production in several categories more than doubled, all while increasing his efficiency as well (shooting 62.9 percent from the floor). The Canadian-born center is as polished a big man as there is in the 2013 NBA Draft and can bring versatility and scoring to the NBA right away.
Things the Draft Experts Like:
SI.com: “Olynyk is an NBA-ready scorer: He has a diverse offensive game, is capable of scoring with either hand and can step out and make a jump shot.”
DraftExpress.com: “His size and versatile offensive game allow him to exploit different matchups, spread the floor for his teammates, and gives him potential in the two-man game.”
NBADraft.Net: “Shows an excellent understanding of the game and has become one of the most dominant bigs on the college level ... Has the ability to score on the block with up and unders, pump fakes, drop steps as well as knock down mid range and even outside shots.”
Draft Expert Concerns:
ESPN.com: “Needs to add strength/toughness, mediocre rebounder/shot-blocker and can be turnover prone.”
SI.com: “Defensively, there are question marks. Olynyk isn't particularly strong and is a below-average rebounder. Some executives have wondered what position he can play (read: defend).”