Found July 10, 2013 on
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The Boston Celtics may have found a gem in No. 13 draft pick Kelly Olynyk.
Olynyk, who was honored the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, has been extremely impressive in his first four summer league games. Despite the 7-footer averaging 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, his basketball smarts and patience is through the roof.
The 22-year-old center is showing viewers he plays similar to Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki. Olynyk has displayed patience, consistency and solid shot selection so far.
His patience is one of his numerous strengths. Rookies that emerge into the league usually have an anxious and quick reaction forcing troubling shots, and don’t let the game come to them. But Olynyk is the total opposite. He creates his opportunities.
Whether it’s in the paint or around the three-point perimeter, the former Zag applies rhythm and strong fundamentals when the ball is in his hands.
There is always that notion of “wait, it’s still summer league,” but there are little, if any weaknesses in Olynyk’s game. It seems like everything he does on the floor is positive and with a purpose.
In these past four games, Olynyk has brought an aspect to the floor Danny Ainge and company haven’t seen in a while — a post game. Besides Kevin Garnett, the Celtics were stacked with perimeter players and showed little presence in the paint after being 29th in NBA’s rebounding category in the 2012-13 season.
The addition of Olynyk will have a strong presence and impact. Every rookie has an expectation, but what will help this phenom is the Celtics’ current rebuilding process.
There is no immediate pressure on Olynyk to fill shoes right away. He can basically just play his game and let the boards and the nylon sensation come to him.
With new head coach Brad Stevens’ scheme of building a relationship with his players, Olynyk will feel comfortable surrounded by support as well as star-potential talent.
Olynky could be the best 7-footer to come through Boston in the past decade. Come November, the Boston Celtics may be very intriguing to watch with a running 7-footer in Olynyk, high-flying Jeff Green and a healthy point guard in Rajon Rondo.
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Olynyk knows the NBA won't be easy.
After three days in the Orlando Pro Summer League, Kelly Olynyk has Celtics fans drooling over the possibility that he's a superstar in the making. Personally I think we need to at least wait and see how his does this afternoon so that we have a four game sample of exhibition contests vs mostly non-NBA talent to judge him by.
It’s been said that from Kelly Olynyk’s flowing, golden locks comes an aura that can heal the sick.
Actually, I’m the only one who said that, but what’s another wildly ridiculous overreaction to the “O’Klynyk” he’s been putting on here in Orlando. And while we’re all having fun with the hyperbole while watching Olynyk’s play against a bunch of non-NBA competition...
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In their latest “Welcome to the NBA” moment, this contingent of wanna-be Celtics struggled through long stretches of their game against the Houston Rockets...
The title is a joke people.
Kelly Olynyk isn't Dirk Nowitzki, despite the fact that there are some resemblances in their games. It's an unfair comparison for Olynyk to be compared to one of the best players of this generation before he's played in a single pre-season game. No one in league history has has more of an unstoppable fadeaway than Nowitzki, and that shot...
Behind 21 points & 9 rebounds from Kelly Olynyk, the Celtics Summer League squad beat the Pacers, 76-74. The Celtics are back in action tomorrow against the Houston Rockets. Tip-off in Orlando is at 3pm EST. Check out some pics & GIFs via HoopChina. The highlight of which are a nice chase down block by Tony Mitchell, and Kelly Olynyk putting on another shooting “Klynyk.” Enjoy:
Olynyk on day one: 25pts, 7 boards on 9/12 FG.
Celtics rookies Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson brought out some nice kicks today, as did camp invite Phil Pressey. All three members of the C’s NBA Summer League team rolled with Nike today: Olynyk rocked the Kobe VII “World Basketball Festival” again, Iverson wore the Nike Hyperdisruptor & Pressey had on my personal fave...
The Boston Celtics defeated the Orlando Magic by a final score of 102-83 in Summer League play on Friday.
Kelly Olynyk had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Celtics, while Phil Pressey had seven points, six rebounds and 10 assists.
A.J. Slaughter had 25 points, nine assists and seven steals for the Magic. DeQuan Jones cored 15 points in just 18 minutes. Victor Oladipo did not play.
NBA.com has published their first version of the Kia Rookie Ladder of the season and the Celtics impressive rookie, Kelly Olynyk tops the list.
Kelly Olynyk : BOSTON CELTICS
has been the most impressive rookie so far in Orlando. Through three
games, he's averaging 19.7 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 57.5
percent from the floor. He's done it...
I had a quick opportunity to catch up with new Celtics head coach 1-on-1. He’s a busy guy, but he was nice enough to carve out 5 minutes to talk to me about a few things like his first exposure to the NBA game as head coach, Rajon Rondo, Kelly Olynyk, and the one play in basketball that gets him the most excited.
JK: What are you overall impressions summer league since this...
The Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers by a final score of 76-74.
Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points with nine rebounds, while Phil Pressey had 11 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Solomon Hill led the Pacers with 15 points, while Miles Plumlee had nine points and seven rebounds.
Not to get too excited about summer league performances (because we shouldn't) but three games into the ongoing Orlando league and Danny Ainge is looking a lot like the Hamburglar with the steal that is Kelly Olynyk. In three games, KO is averaging a remarkable 19.7 points (on 56% FG, including 43% from 3FG), 7.3 rebounds and 3 assists per game in leading the C's to a 2...
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