Re: OLYNYK LOOKING WOEFULLY OVERMATCHED vs NUGGETS
posted at 1/8/2014 6:57 PM EST
In response to melwittss' comment:
In response to wicksandrowe's comment:
1. Comparing Olynyk to Troy Murphy does a disservice to Murphy. Murphy rebounded and shot at NBA double-double level for 5-6 years. He was known as a physical rebounder.
2. Bass is Bass, but not many people will ever out-physical him. What can Olynyk do to offset his tall but slow-twitch body?
3. Green is seldom overmatched in height, speed, and jumping ability. But in nearly every other demonstrable area - vision, ball skills, connectedness, leadership, court awareness, strength, imagination, tenacity, passing, you name it - he is not at NBA level. I don't see him as really having all those skils but simply sitting on them, not caring enough to display them. To me he simply doesn't have them.
3. Bradley will end up a 10+ year pro who will still not be able to execute what should be simple plays for an NBA combo-guard. I don't know what it is - small hands, short arms, too great a distance between eyes, brain and hands - but if you take last night for instance, he regularly throws the ball to nowhere, takes ill-timed shots, makes goofy fouls. It all comes from playing hard, too. Effort seems always there, just not good judgement or skill in execution.
All three of these guys have the physical package. Bradley and Bass could be taller for the positions they play, but they are physically there, as is Green. And because of that they are established NBA players.
If given the choice, most coaches will say, "Take blood over brains." That's the ruling wisdom in the NBA. There's more guys with physical skills and not so much going on upstairs than there are heady, smart players who can't compete physically.
I want Olynyk to be good, but, man, he's been tough to watch.
Agree with your entire post...
KO is still learning...he lacks quick feet laterally, so his low post D sucks...but he has decent straight line speed...his lack of UPs and short arms means he has to get much stronger to be able to box out and rebound, which he can do, eventually...but he's NOT a true 5, yet...without more upper body size and strength, he'll never be anything other than a high post forward, taking 15 footers and passing from there
I do not think KO will ever be part of a Starting 5 that contends but he sure has enough skills to a real contibuter off the bench. And I do not think he is a "problem child" so he should fit in nicely as a bench player on a Contending Team.