13 - Kelly Olynyk

7-0, 234 Center
Gonzaga Junior
04/19/91 (31.3 yrs)
Kamloops, BC
High School
South Kamloops
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Spencer Hawes/Fabricio Oberto

Strengths: Legit 7 footer with a polished, highly effective post skill set … Prolific scorer on the college level averaging 18 ppg on 66 fg% in 25 mpg … Very comfortable operating on the block, using textbook positioning … 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 … Solid in the open floor but more effective in the half court … Has decent agility, just lacks much explosiveness. He’s not a stand out athlete, but he does have considerable touch and coordination for a 7-footer … Can play out on the perimeter effectively, showing the ability to pass the ball and even handle the ball to get to the basket … Does a good job of using his body to shield defenders from the ball when going to the basket … Solid strength and rebounding ability … Unusually polished post skills for a college player. Gets a low base providing a big target. Seals off his man and holds his position after passes to set up easy buckets. Has advanced footwork and utilizes a variety of effective fakes, spin moves and counter moves to draw contact and get opponents off balance … Not pretty but effective … Finishes very well around the basket, even after contact … Quick, reliable hands and good reflexes allow him to catch passes and go up for shots quickly … Excellent shooter. Very comfortable knocking down mid range shots. 82% FT shooter is very good for a big … While not an efficient 3 point shooter at this point (33% on low volume) he appears to be a guy that could incorporate that into his game … Gets the most of his abilities on the defensive end, staying between man and basket and not biting on pump fakes or gambling for steals … Motivated, plays with consistent effort and energy … His improvement over his college career is a testament to his work ethic and coachability …

Weaknesses: Not the most athletic guy. Below the rim type of "finesse" player … Foot speed and overall athleticism are below average for the NBA … While he gives solid energy and effort, his lack of foot speed and athleticism decreases his defensive abilities … Naturally thick legs slow his quickness and explosiveness some … Not a shot blocker, lacks the leaping ability to be an intimidating defensive force … Runs into trouble against elite level bigman athletes that don’t fall for his fakes as he is unable to bull his way to the basket and can struggle to get his shot off. Gets his shots blocked a fair amount, and that will likely increase against bigger and better athletes at the next level … Already the age of a senior so while his experience and NBA readiness might be looked at as a positive, his age, 1991 born, will also be viewed as a negative by scouts in terms of upside …

Notes: Redshirted the 2011-12 season with Robert Sacre the featured center at Gonzaga and used the time off well to turn himself into a dominant player … Has proven to be a prolific scorer in his red shirt junior season …

Aran Smith 1/29/13

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