A week ago today, Kelly Olynyk participated in his first organized basketball game as a member of the Boston Celtics. The gym was full of media, coaches, GM’s, and scouts all trying to get a read on what Olynyk and the rest of the new rookies had to offer.
Olynyk didn’t disappoint.
I liked what I saw from Olynyk throughout the week. I didn’t care so much about the stats (which, at 18 ppg, 7.8 rpg, and 2.4 apg were impressive), I cared more about how he moved and reacted. I found him to be very impressive, and I wasn’t alone.
An NBA scout I spoke to gave me a breakdown of what he saw from Olynyk this week. As we expected, Olynyk’s offense stood out.
“The biggest thing he presents offensive versatility,” the scout told me. ”He can score in every imaginable way. He can shoot threes, he can shoot off the dribble, he can head fake and improve position, he can score in the post, he can score off offensive rebounds.”
Considering the Celtics are rebuilding right now, this scout likes how