2013 NBA Draft: Could the Utah Jazz Take the Most Efficient Prospect, Kelly Olynyk?

By Ryan Heckman


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With the 2013 NBA Draft just two days away, the Utah Jazz should be getting more and more nervous. Why? Because after the draft is over, they could be on their way to losing possibly their top two players – both in the front court.

The possibility of losing both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap indicates a huge loss for the Jazz if it happens. Utah will likely go big in the draft as a plan to fill the void(s) of their two guys down low.

One of the most interesting prospects this year is Kelly Olynyk out of Gonzaga. He isn’t talked about as much as guys like Anthony Bennett, Cody Zeller or Mason Plumlee – other solid forward/center options – but he is easily the most efficient player in this draft.

Last season, Olynyk put up an average of 17.8 points on nearly 63 percent shooting. This is an unbelievable statistic. At 7’0’’ Olynyk is an ideal scoring and rebounding big man that can give a team just a little bit of everything across the board.

Olynyk also gave Gonzaga 7.3 rebounds and over a block per game. The Jazz would be able to plug him into the rotation right away next to Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. This would create an incredibly young, but potential-filled front court.

The team is high on both Favors and Kanter, and Olynyk would give them some more depth down low. It is clear that Utah needs a big man and probably a point guard this offseason, so Olynyk is just one of a few possibilities at number 14.

When the time comes, look for Utah to consider Olynyk at the time they’re on the clock. I wouldn’t put it past them to give the most efficient player in this year’s draft pool a shot.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman“Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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