Re: Does Kelly Olynyk project to be more like Detlef Shrempf than anyone else?
posted at 8/23/2014 12:08 PM EDT
In response to wicksandrowe's comment:
We, and he, should be so lucky.
Schrempf was a legit, through and through, very, very good NBA player. Made All Star games, 6th Man of Year twice. Was arguably the best player on 95 Sonics of Kemp, Payton, Perkins, etc. He shot +50% from 2 and 3. And all as a SF at 6'9" +
Schrempf was an athlete and physical enough to get his 9-10 boards when he played PF and 5-6 when he played SF. And he always could pass.
For many reasons I don't see Olynyk creating a Schrempf resume. Olynyk is physically inferior to Schrempf in nearly all ways except in height where he is a scant 2 inches taller. He loses that immediately in standing reach and wingspan. He can't run with Schrempf. He's not as physical inside. That's not to say that Schrempf was a beast, but Olynyk really has been weak amongst the trees inside. Olynyk is nearly totally floor-bound with no lift at all. Having to depend on step-backs and sneaky under the arms scoop-shots is not a good long-term strategy for an NBA PF or C.
Olynyk has some attractive qualities for a player 7' tall but unfortunately they're the qualities of a PG or SG. He's a bit of a novelty player in that regard. Great if those also came with some standard 7-footer characteristics. But his short arms, small hands, soft body, slow feet are spelling more Michael Smith for me than Detlef Schrempf or Dirk Nowitzky
I think he will work on his body, get lean and average 17ppg/7rpg/4apg in his prime. He will develop a decent post up game eventually.
I have faith. He's smart enough, and dedicated enough. Let's hope!