I have 3 problems with Bennett (which isn't all that bad considering most other prospects I have many more problems with):
1) He is extremely lazy on defense, especially transition defense. He is also not good at all on half court defense.
2) He is too trigger happy. Seems like he always hangs around the 3 point line and jacks it up whenever he gets the ball. Very similar to Mullens.
3) He has said that he wants to transfer his game to be a 2 or 3. That is not at all what I want my PF to say. Too much like Derrick Williams to me.
His height and lack of rebounding are also concerning, but not deal breakers to me.
I don't really like Austin. He really needs to bulk up but he looks like he has Shawn Bradley's frame to me. Honestly, I think the center that will be most likely to contribute in the NBA is Willie Cauley-Stein. He has great size, good instincts and the post game is much less a foreign language for him compared to Noel. He'd take a solid year of development at least but I definitely think he'll be a borderline starting center eventually.
I'm watching this Olynyk guy and I'm a bit underwhelmed right now but his guards are doing a really terrible job of getting him the ball.
Apparently Olynyk did some stuff early while ESPN2 was still stuck on the previous game.
I think he finished with 15 points on 9 shots, which constitutes typical Olynyk. Kind of a yawner of a game, really. I'll give Kelly credit for showing up on D with 2 blocks.
He has a guard's feel for offense.
Meanwhile, I can never find UNLV(A.Bennett) on TV. Even when they were listed to be on NBC Sports Network--a channel I have--NBCSN showed some UFC-type crap. Hate that stuff.
Olynyk's improvement is SO dramatic. Gonna watch to see if his boards and blocks go up. Offensively he is drool-worthy. And he does it in the team framework.
Number 3: I think some of these young guys just lack a clue about their potential strengths and weaknesses. It reminds me of when Adam Morrison compared himself to Dirk Nowitzki in an interview. Sometimes I think they just talk out of their yin-yangs to get through an interview.
Just to support point number 1, I found this footage of a Hoop Summit World Team practice. Bennett appears to be number 10 in white, and that guy is completely disinterested in defense, and it leads to points for the opposition(6 or so in 3 minutes of video?). He appears to have no interest in truly closing out on shooters, and on one inbounds play doesn't even bother to get within 10 feet of his man. It's like he'd never defended a guy who could make an outside shot before....
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Olynyk looks like somebody that could tear up the Euroleague. NBA, I have my doubts. He's painfully slow, he doesn't look like he has particularly long arms and I'm not sure he'd get away with half of his go-to moves in the NBA against faster and more athletic players.
How good of a shooter is he? He was kind of hit or miss when I watched. If he's a lights out shooter it would help his draft stock immensely.