Re: Does Kelly Olynyk project to be more like Detlef Shrempf than anyone else?
posted at 8/22/2014 4:47 PM EDT
I can't believe I am saying this but I actually somewhat agree with DA-Celts here...??? And not that Olynyk is exactly like Shrempf but that they can have a similar career arc, and overall offensive impact.
The similarities are there. Both can shoot with equally efficiency from either side of the court, have a similar range, and could/can also be "nifty" when scoring inside. Little flip shots, up and unders, shots that make you go, "how did he not get blocked right there?" And both can run the floor and finish well in the fast break. Detlef just looks prettier doing it.
Shrempf definitely has an edge on the Klynyk in a lot of respects. The first of which is slippery quickness which allowed him to play high quality defense against SF's. Olynyk definitely doesn't have that, or Shrempf's reach. I don't know what the measurements are, but I wouldn't be surprised if Shrempf had a better standing reach then Kelly, even though he was 2-3" shorter. He was gangly!
I also think that if Detlef played today he would definitely be a "stretch 4" like Oly. But back then he was just too skinny to play against the hulking PFs of the day. Guys like Oakley, Barkley, Malone, Larry Johnson (circa Charlotte Hornets LJ) Mason, The Davis Brothers, ect. But Schrempf could play that position in today's NBA without a doubt, and he would probably have been better.
Shrempf averaged 15-19 PPGs over an 11 year span during his 16 year career. Those are lofty numbers for Kelly to achieve, but IF he dedicates himself to a Garnett-esque rigorous training regime, gets himself, and stays in his top physical condition he could get close to that kind of production for a long time.