2013 NBA Draft Player Profile: Kelly Olynyk

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(Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)

Kelly Olynyk
Gonzaga – Junior (Born 1991)
Center
7'0" 234 lbs

 

The Good:

- legit 7-footer
- smart player – coach's son
- highly skilled player
- big time scorer
- very efficient shooter
- great mid-range jumper
- extremely efficient scoring at the rim
- solid post scorer
- was one of the best players in college last season
- international experience playing for Canada

 

The Bad:

- short arms – 6'10" wingspan
- underperformed until his junior season
- year older than other juniors (redshirt year)
- not an NBA athlete
- doesn't take good care of the ball
- doesn't rebound well
- not much of a defender

 

NBA Comparison: 

Spencer Hawes, poor man's Dirk Nowitzki
 


The Skinny:

Kelly Olynyk had a textbook "breakout" season this year for Gonzaga.  He's gone from not even on the radar to a mid-first round pick.  While his lack of athleticism will probably keep him from being a NBA star, he should still be a productive NBA player for years.

 

For more NBA draft player profiles, visit our 2013 NBA Draft Consensus Mock Draft
 

 

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