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Friday, 28 June 2013 01:01

Boston Celtics Trade Up to Draft Gonzaga Center Kelly Olynyk

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BOSTON – The Celtics traded the 16th pick in the 2013 draft with two second-rounders to the Dallas Mavericks to draft Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk. A proficient low-post scorer, Olynyk brings the Celtics some desperately needed interior presence on offense and some even more urgent flowing hair.

Olynyk is not athletic like Sullinger, but he has a well-polished offensive post game and can score facing up or backing down. His weakness is on defense, where he lacks the athleticism to be an effective low post defender early in his career. However, he has decent mobility for his size and could be a suitable pick-and-roll defender.

But he is a very good scorer down low, finishing in a variety of ways around the rim. He also has a good jumpshot that can get out into the midrange area. Most notably, he is a great pick-and-roll partner for Rajon Rondo and can get out ahead on the break as well.

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss is the Celtics Locker Room Reporter and Host of The Garden Report: Celtics Post Game Show on Celtics Blog and CLNS Radio. J Weiss hosts The Block Party on Thursday nights at 8 PM and enjoys long walks on the beach while watching Rajon Rondo game footage. You can reach J Weiss at JWeiss@clnsradio.com and @CLNS_JaredWeiss.