Kentucky Wildcats’ Nerlens Noel will likely go No. 1 in the 2013 NBA Draft. There could possibly be one or two or even more other centers drafted before Gonzaga Bulldogs’ Kelly Olynyk. But still, he is a very solid pick this year and could possibly be the best center in the draft.
Olynyk is likely the fourth best center entering the draft, but why? He only played 26.4 minutes per game and was still able to put up 17.8 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.
He shot a very impressive 62.9 percent from the field and even shot 30 percent from behind the arc, however, he did only make nine threes on the season. Olynyk even shot 77.6 percent from the free throw line, which is always a good number for a big man.
It will be interesting to see how Olynyk transitions to the next level, considering that he only received significant time on the court just this past season in college basketball. His game clearly got better, though, and there is till room for him to grow, in the talent department that is.
Olynyk will likely spend a lot of time in the post, since he is a 7-footer, but just imagine how dangerous he could be if he improves his jump shot even further.
Olynyk is likely not the most talented center in the draft, but he is still a very good one and could be a scorer and a great defensive player at the next level, which is a hard thing to find in centers in today’s game.
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