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Friday, 28 June 2013 02:05

Boston Celtics Rookie Kelly Olynyck Profile

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Kelly Olynyk - 7'0", 234 pound Center - Gonzaga

The Boston Celtics traded up three spots in the 2013 NBA Draft to grab center Kelly Olynyk from Gonzaga. Boston gave the Dallas Mavericks their 16th pick in this year's draft and two future second round draft picks for the No. 13 spot to take a player who may very well be the most polished offensive big-man in the entire draft.

Olynyk, a red-shirt junior, spent the last two seasons in Spokane spelling Robert Sacre ( best known for his enthusiasm on the bench), the Los Angeles Lakers' secound round pick from last season.

When Olynyk -- one of  two Canadians drafted in the lottery after the Cleveland Cavaliers took Anthony Bennett with the top pick -- finally saw starters minutes he rewarded head coach Mark Few with a tremendous slew of post moves, both with his back to the basket and while facing his defenders. HIs soft touch and versatility translated into 17.8 points per game on a ridiculous 62.9 field goal percentage, third best in college basketball last season.

That's not even his most impressive stat. He led the entire country in Player Efficiency Rating at 36.2 and registered a .318 Win Shares per 40 Minutes which was also tops in the nation. For some perspective on that second statistic; Cody Zeller, the 4th overall pick and first center taken in the draft, had a .277 in that category.

Olynyk could struggle rebounding the ball in the NBA. He pulled down just 7.3 rebounds a game last season. Another deterrent is that he doesn't have the best wingspan; It's just over 6'9" according to his DraftExpress bio. However, I believe strengthening his lower body will be a top priority this off season and now that basketball is officially his full-time job, I see that vastly improving.

Questions remain about his lateral quickness and overall athleticism to be an elite defender at the NBA-level but in a "weak" draft, getting a player who can step onto the court right away and be a factor on the offensive end is a big plus.

Oh, did I mention his flow? It's second to none.