Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 9/10/13
Tim MacLean (@TimMacLean_) Prior to the 2013 NBA Draft many people wondered whether or not Kelly Olynyk has what it takes to be an effective big man at the NBA level. Standing seven feet tall and weighing in at 238 pounds, Olynyk doesn’t possess the Herculean mass that you see in the majority of today’s post players. As a result, both scouts and GM’s around the league became unsure of the Gonzaga forward’s long-term outlook and that’s completely understandable. However, Danny Ainge and the Celtics saw something in Olynyk that other front offices didn’t, making it easy to snatch up “Sunshine” – as Jeff Green dubbed him – with the 13th overall pick. Olynyk began proving doubters wrong during the Orlando Summer League earlier this summer. He ranked fourth in the league in points per game (18.0) all while shooting at an extremely impressive 58% clip. What’s more, Olynyk put in solid work on the boards each time out, hauling in 7.8 per contest. Of course, it would be foolish to read too ...
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