Re: Starting to really like Olynyk
posted at 6/30/2013 6:54 PM EDT
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
"A slow unathletic player struggles in the NBA."
Yes, but they struggle less if they are tall. This guy can shoot over some peeps.
Also, many big men in this league who can't take a jump shot are struggling (see: Kendrick Perkins). This guy can shoot.
"I'll give the guy a chance but let's not forget how impressed we were with Melo after watching his draft videos and that Olynyk really didn't do much before this year."
Some important distinctions: Fab Melo was drafted as a three year project. He was raw and had only played basketball for a couple of years. There are some idiots on this board who expected him to play right away even though it was always clear he was a long term project. You don't get a 270 pound 7 footer in the 20 pick range if he isn't a project.
Meantim, Olnyk was drafted much higher (maybe too high), grew up in a basketball family, started out as a point guard, and so is going to have much more natural ball handling and shooting skills than Melo.
Olnyk is not a three year project and should get playing time this season, depending on where all of trader Danny's pieces land.
I've never understood grading the draft a week after the draft. Summer league is a tease also. You have to wait and put these guys on the floor.
That's exactly the point. After taking a risk with Sully there was no reason to pick a project when he could have picked a player that could have helped right away. Sure, Sully was starting to be that guy but they knew playing him as much as they were only increased the risk of further damage. I'm a fan of Danny but at times he is too much of a degenerate gambler. That draft was perfect for taking one risk and one fundamentally sound & healthy pick that could have helped KG ... and a few were still on the board for the taking and one as I recall did a decent job in the playoffs for GS.