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Hanlan Looking To Make Splash With Jazz

After leading the ACC in scoring last season, Olivier Hanlan was selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft. At Boston College, Hanlan had to carry the offense as both a scorer and distributor. After being drafted by the Utah Jazz in the second round, the Canadian-born guard will look to transition his game to the NBA.

After leading the ACC in scoring last season, Olivier Hanlan was selected 42nd overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2015 NBA Draft on June 25. Hanlan left Boston College after his junior season, in which he averaged 19.5 points per game and was named to the All-ACC first team and was an AP All-American Honorable Mention. 

The 6'4", 185-pound dual-guard dropped 30 or more points four times last season, shooting 45% from the field. Hanlan was the go-to weapon on offense, but was able to find the open man as well. He only averaged four assists per game, but that number would have been higher if the players around him could hit open shots. 

The native Canadian loves the pick and roll, as Synergy Sports calculated that 26% of his offensive possessions came off screens. Although his offensive skills are strong, many pundits worry that he won't be able to keep up with other NBA guards on defense as his length (only 6'6") and athleticism have been questioned.

Hanlan has already gotten praise from his head coach. After the first minicamp Quin Snyder said, "He's a nice basketball player. I think he's got a good feel for the game. He competes. There's a presence to him... Glad to have him."

If the 22-year-old wants to find playing time this season, he has to work to beat out a plethora of other guards on the Jazz roster. Utah has a crowded backcourt that consists of Hanlan, Dante Exum, Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Bryce Cotton, Rodney Hood and Elijah Millsap.

Hanlan could be a spark plug coming off the bench, as his offensive skills may be better polished than the other guards on the roster. If he can become an average defender, Hanlan could become a solid sixth man for the Jazz this season.


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