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Kelly Olynyk update: Driving to the basket

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Thanks to the person who linked my Gonzaga updates to the Gonzaga board (seen here). One of the comments got me curious, which was related to Kelly Olynyk. In the post, I mentioned this in my analysis:

Olynyk showed he can get to the rim and has the ability to finish against stronger players. If he can incorporate a shot fake and drive to the basket, he could become a useful offensive player and see a much bigger role for Gonzaga this year. 

Now one of the comments mentioned this was one of his favorite moves last season, so I had to go check it out for myself. I went back to Gonzaga’s youtube page I have been using (seen here) to look at some footage on Olynyk and found that he had used this move several times. Let’s take a look.

Now in this first move, he does not really use a shot fake to get his defender off balance, but rather a quick cut that catches the defender off guard. He then shows the skill to draw contact from the help defender and finish with the contact.

Here is another clip where he uses almost the exact same move: catching the ball between the foul line and the three point line, taking a quick, hard dribble to his left and drving to the middle of the lane. Again, he draws contact and still finishes the layup.

This is a nice move that Olynyk has in his arsenal. He has used it effectively several times and showed that he can finish around the basket, even while drawing contact. He can use this move to catch defenders off guard who are expecting him to shoot a jumper and are ready to defend that play. Then, if defenders are taking away his driving lane, he can easily take a jumper with that open space.

Olynyk is looking like a great candidate for a breakout player in the 2010-2011 season. He has a variety of ways to score and I really love his movement without the ball that gives him open layups and dunks. Be on the lookout for Olynyk this season to put up solid number for Gonzaga off the bench.


Written by Joshua Riddell

September 7, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Posted in Player Breakdowns

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