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Kelly Olynyk likely target for Thunder

 


via Grantland

Perhaps shooting for the first overall pick is a long shot for the Thunder. After all, it is just to add to their frontline. Kelly Olynyk, projected late first rounder, would be good for OKC. They can cover his weaknesses, and he can provide what the Thunder needs, energy and hustle in the frontline (as Kendrick Perkins turns into a lamppost).

 

 

per Grantland:

 

 

The Canadian center is about as unorthodox of a big man as you’ll find. As an underwhelming athlete and defender who is a good but not great passer, post-up player, and shooter on the offensive end, Olynyk needs to search hard for a frontcourt partner who can subsidize his weaknesses without taking away from his strengths. Enter Serge Ibaka. The Thunder big man already excels at protecting the rim, something Olynyk will never be capable of with his combination of poor length and poorer athleticism. Ibaka is also inching closer to becoming a consistent pick-and-roll defender, another area in which Olynyk will likely never be more than adequate. Ibaka’s athleticism and defensive versatility would allow Olynyk to play extended minutes without his shortcomings becoming nearly as problematic as they would if he were paired in a frontcourt with a middling athlete, like Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic.



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