Re: Heinsohn: Olynyk is going to be a star
posted at 3/19/2014 12:44 AM EDT
In response to rameakap's comment:
In response to bangkoker's comment:
I think time will come where Celtics will choose between Olynyk and Sullinger as one of the pillars of the team....
They are proving that despite both being natural 4's they can each play some center and complement each other very well. Neither will be max players, even if Sully does become your Elton Brand 18-20ppg 10-11rpg guy.
Tommy is certainly still full of bluster and hyperbole at 80 years old. Love the man and the legend!
Olynyk may not be a 'star' but he still has a lot of potential and his 'floor' is pretty high.
Floor (the least we can expect):
Christian Laettner with some Clifford Robinson mixed in. Many forget age 23-27 Laettner was a 16-18ppg 7-8rpg PF-C. That is what Olynyk will be for sure.
Chambers and Uncle Cliffy could spread it out to the 3 point line, which Laettner didn't in his game, were 1-2" shorter and more 20ppg 6-7rpg guys. Just depends on if we add a C who plays big mins (like Asik or Greg Monroe) alongside these two, or keep Olynyk more at the 5 and have guys like Hump and Bass around.
Ceiling (the best we can expect):
I would say Pau Gasol or Tom Chambers as far as PF's go (20-23ppg guys, woth 8-9 reb's, 1-2 more boards than Chambers and 1-2 less than Gasol)
Vlade Divac or Jack Sikma as far as C's go b/c of the passing. A 7' who averages 3-4 assists per game. Those guys are 10rpg players who didn't shoot 3's and Olynyk will be an 8-9 rebound per game guy who does shoot 3's.
Those are my player comparisons. He is in good company when it comes to his floor as a VERY good 6th man 16-18ppg 6-7rpg guy playing 26-30 mins a game and his ceiling as a 3rd best player on a contender/borderline all-star 32-36 min per game guy getting 22-23ppg and 8-9rpg.
I think you are right on the money !
OLY has real skills and looks to be a keeper along with Sully
Excited about draft night and the Celtics opening night roster in 2014-2015.....