Olynyk lacks speed and athleticism as a Power Forward, and may lack the strength to handle the physicality of playing center. However, he is a very savvy player, and isn't a complete stiff athletically.
At 7’0, Olynyk has the height for a true center but with a 6’9 wing-span may also play a role at PF. Olynyk has generally played a finesse game rather than a physical showing more of a forward attitude than a center one.
There are no reported issues with Olynyk off the court.
Basketball IQ and Will to Want It
Basketball IQ wise, Olynyk is off the charts. He knows his limitations, angles, passing, etc… This is the reason I feel his game will translate as an off-the-bench type player. Olynyk sees the court well and knows where to be at all times. He does and knows the little things like when and where to set a pick, the right spot to roll to afterwards, and how to find open space on the floor.
While Olynyk is very skilled and plays hard, the will to want it is a concern. At seven feet tall, Olynyk only grabbed 7 rebounds per game, and while he's improved his physique and offers nice size he still doesn't make much of an impact defensively. He plays hard, but he needs to be tougher-minded.
Skill-wise, you will not find many more skilled big men than Olynyk. His plays like Luis Scola in many ways though lacks Scola's toughness. Offensively, he possesses great footwork, a good low-post game with hooks over either shoulder, turn-around jumpers, and a very good mid-range jumper. In the NBA, he'll likely develop a three point shot down the road and serve a roll as a stretch 4/5. Olynyk also possesses great passing ability out of the post to open shooters.
However, Olynyk is very weak defensively. He'll need to play next to a strong defensive presence to cover for him and will need to improve considerably on the glass as well. Also, given his lack of toughness overall, it will be interesting to see if his low post game translates to the NBA. He'll need to learn to play a much more physical brand of basketball.
Overall, Olynyk presents a high skill level for a big man which is hard to find. Whether he can play physically enough to manage time at center and utilize his low post game will be question marks at the next level. He'll likely never be a two way player, but his shooting should eventually make him a capable role player as a stretch four if he continues to work at it.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
Bulls need more offensive creators and Olynyk provides that. If he slides at pick 20, I would be very intrigued by him if Gorgui Dieng, Tim Hardaway Jr., and a few others don’t slide. I definitely would rather have him than Mason Plumlee or Tony Mitchell Jr. Stating this, I have not heard him mentioned at all for workouts with the Bulls and wonder if they would take him based on defensive limitations and toughness. I personally would be intrigued due to his offensive skill-set which is NBA ready.
Olynyk is a similar type player to Luis Scola. He can score at the elbow really well, passes solidly, is skilled, and can post up with some great footwork and hook on either side of shoulder. I think he'll have a long career as a role player.