If Gonzaga and Pitt meet in the second round, which would be on Saturday, it will be interesting to see how KO does against New Zealander Steven Adams who is bigger and more athletic than Olynyk but not as skilled. Pitt excels at defense while Gonzaga is very efficient on offense.
Last edited by stretch; Tue Mar 19th, 2013 at 01:47 PM.
People also have to realize that the WCC is a pretty weak conference compared like the ACC, B10, B12, Big East even Pac12
Guys, I've said a few times now, but I don't think its getting across; I'm not trying to say anything against Kabongo. He's a stud. Nothing but compliments for the kid.
But you'd be hard pressed to find any GM in the NBA who, if given the choice, is going to take Kabongo or Pangos over KO. Maybe 1 out of 30. Maybe.
Athleticism like Dwight Howard or DeAndre Jordan is not a requirement for a Centers in the NBA.
Especially with skilled, fundamentally sound Centers like KO.
Last edited by Joey; Tue Mar 19th, 2013 at 02:07 PM.
Like I said, I'm a big fan of Kabongo, and I'd hate for that to get lost in this discussion. I'm pretty sure I was even one of the first people to bring his name up on the boards a few years back.
None of that changes the fact that KO is, in my opinion, going to be a very special player.
I'd certainly take him over Tristan Thompson, and I loved Thompson coming out of Texas.
If you look at all the great centers in the NBA the last 20 years. Olajuwon, Shaq, Ewing, Robinson, Mourning, Mutombo, Howard, and Sabonis..maybe i missed a couple of more. Yes all these guys are very skilled but they're also very athletic. Sabonis is the only exception. Not the most athletic guy in the world but is very smart and has TONS of skill.
There are some very good centers not great that rely on skill and smarts alone like a Divac or a M. Gasol or Bogut. I don't Olynyk is in that level either.
No offense to the kid but in the NBA he'll be nothing more than a backup big.
No I said both. Read it again.
Good scouting vid on KO from DX:
*sorry didn't see Matt posted this .. I swear I looked through and didn't see it!
I don't think this conversation is really going anywhere though to be honest.
I look at KO and see a 7-footer with ridiculous coordination, incredible IQ, ability to play with his back to the basket, and amazing touch around and away from the basket. Those are things that translate.
His lack of vertical is pretty evident after this vid as well, I'll admit, but I think thats more due to the fact that he's still getting his legs under him after a massive growth spurt only a couple years ago, and after putting on ALOT of weight over the last year.
Still, that touch around the rim (75% on shots at the rim) is something you can't teach, and somethign he's clearly picked up to compensate for his lack of ability to jump over people.
But ya .. white man can't jump.
Anyway, I just thought it strange that people are, for lack of a better word, bashing on a Homegrown kid who is on the verge of being named the MVP of the NCAA.
I also found it especially weird that they'd take Pangos over Olynyk.
Kabongo to a lesser degree as I understand, and feel, the love for Myck.
Pangos is great for what he is, but KO has proven game in and game out that he is one of the best, if not THE best Amateur basketball player in North America.
Last edited by Joey; Tue Mar 19th, 2013 at 05:29 PM.
Agreed on Pangos. I don't think he's NBA-calibre....yet.
"I won't shoot 5 for 19 again...." - DeFrozen (in theaters now)
Kelly Olynyk has already got his shot blocked a couple times around the rim. The announcers just said his not use to playing against atheletes like this in the WCC.
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