Must Prove: Lack of athleticism won't be an issue
It's not Kelly Olynyk's talent and skill level that anyone's concerned with. It's his lack of athleticism at a position that's evolving.
Olynyk has something to prove during the athletic testing portion of the combine. Scouts will want to see his footwork during the agility drills, his leaping ability at the max vertical jump, his upper body strength at the bench press and his speed during three-quarter-court sprints.
At 7'0", Olynyk appeals to NBA scouts because of his ability to score facing the rim or with his back to it. He can step out to 18 feet and knock down or a jumper, shake in the post or attack his man off the bounce.
But his production came in the West Coast Conference. Scouts want to see if that production was a result of inferior competition or if he's really talented enough to compete with the big boys. Olynyk will be paired with top power-conference centers like Mason Plumlee, Cody Zeller, Gorgui Dieng and Steven Adams throughout the combine.
Olynyk's goal should be to look like he fits in physically and athletically, and hopefully his refined offensive skill set will do the rest of the talking.