Close Article Return to stream X

2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Kelly Olynyk, Center, Gonzaga

+Read full article

Name: Kelly Olynyk

Age: 22

Height: 7-foot

Position: Center

School/Country: Gonzaga

Latest Stats: 17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 bpg


There aren’t many players in the 2013 NBA Draft class that helped their stock this past season like Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk. The 7-foot All-American didn’t even play in 2011-12 and that came after back-to-back seasons in which he averaged less than six points per game. Fast forward to now however, and Olynyk is a likely lottery selection after averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Olynyk helped pace the Bulldogs to the AP No. 1 overall ranking and a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Tournament.

Olynyk is a legit 7-footer with a refined and polished offensive skill set. He is physical and is not afraid to take contact and finish alongside it. Olynyk can score and score in bunches. He has a high motor and could have the potential to break the top ten on draft night.


Strengths: Olynyk’s greatest strength is his size and physicality. There is no doubt that his offensive skills are that much better because of both factors. Olynyk can be a force down low and he will not be afraid to do the dirty work for one NBA franchise.


Weaknesses: There are some issues with Olynyk, mainly his age (22) and the fact that he was simply a one-year wonder this past season. Olynyk burst onto the college basketball scene in 2012-13, so the question remains — will he be able to do the same at the NBA level? That’s what remains to be seen and although Olynyk could be a productive player at the next level, you have to wonder just what his ceiling might be?


Draft Projection: Lottery Pick


Follow Paul Seaver on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS


Your Favorites
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

NBA Releases Mix Of Vintage Vince Carter Dunks With Raptors

NBA TV is scheduled to interview Vince Carter on Monday night. With his retirement looming, basketball aficionados have seen a ton of highlight footage from Carter's career released of late. However, this epic video mix of Carter dunking in his prime with the Toronto Raptors takes the cake. Carter is a legend -- end of story.

Comment 0 Comments
Close Article Return to stream X
NBA Videos

Watch Popovich Show Disbelief At Trump's Win

If you've ever watched a San Antonio Spurs game on national television, then you know it's no secret that Gregg Popovich hates giving in-game interviews. In tonight's game, David Aldridge asked him if he wanted results from the primary elections in New Hampshire and Popovich couldn't believe his ears when he heard Donald Trump's name.

Comment 0 Comments