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Your Morning Dump..Where Olynyk Is Looking Sharp

KWAPT March 11, 2014 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 11 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

In three games this month since returning from a toe sprain, Olynyk is averaging 16.7 points, 6 rebounds and 1.7 assists over a mere 20.7 minutes per game. He’s shooting 58.6 percent from the floor and teaming with Jared Sullinger to power Boston’s second unit.

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Kelly Olynyk Looking Sharp Of Late-Chris Forsberg

Kelly Olynyk turned a lot of heads at NBA Summer League in Orlando. He drew comparisons to some great NBA players and wowed fans & media with his combination of shooting and passing. Then he started to come back down to earth a bit as the season started. He’s gone through his struggles and has had some less than memorable moments. But such is the first year of an up and coming NBA player. It will take Kelly time to adjust to the speed of the NBA game, as well as the sheer size & strength of his opponents.

“I think it’s a little bit of everything, just settling down, getting comfortable, getting that mindset, attacking,” Olynyk said. “And just realizing that that’s what I need to do to help the team and help that second unit.”

As of late, Olynyk’s play has been fantastic. Over his last five games, Olynyk has averaged 16.7 points and 6 rebounds, and is shooting over 60% from three. He has helped the Celtics’ second unit immensely. But when he’s really at his best is when he’s paired with Jared Sullinger. As Forsberg notes in his article, when Sully & Kelly are on the floor together, the team’s offensive rating is 4.5 points higher. Olynyk’s perimeter game and Sully’s bruising inside presence compliment each other well. They are also building a solid relationship and it’s obvious Olynyk looks up to Sullinger and has the utmost respect for him.

“Jared can really pass the ball,” Olynyk said. “He’s got a great IQ. He’s a great guy to play with because he can shoot the ball as well, space the floor. Stuff just opens up when he’s on the floor. We played a lot together at the beginning of the year as well. He’s a great guy to have.”

It’s going to be interesting to see what the future holds for Kelly. With the season coming to a close, it won’t be long before Danny starts wheeling and dealing. Where does Kelly fit in as far as the Celtics’ future is concerned? Will he become a regular part of the second unit, or spend more time on the bench once other “pieces” are brought in? I personally think Olynyk has a lot of potential, and I’d like to see him really hit the weights this summer and get some strength training in. I feel that a few more pounds of muscle on this kid would really benefit him. Are you listening Bryan Doo…?

Page 2:  Babb is back for more

The Celtics just made it official-Chris Babb has been signed to another 10-day contract:


The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston: W2W4 Celtics Pacers | CSNNE: Celtics Third Quarter Grades |Ryan: Rondo Not A Selfish Assist Guy| Herald: Celts All About Rondo Now

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  • eddysamson

    Kelly is a guy we should keep around. Even if we draft Embiid or Iverson (remember him?) turns into the next coming of Hibbert, Kelly can still be a 6th man of the year type with what we already know he can do in 20 mins in his rookie year!

  • bill_nair

    I just want to see him put on some more muscle and weight and operate as a center. Not likely but the thought of him and Sully as the starting front court of the future sure is interesting.

    • KWAPT

      Exactly. And Doo is one of, if the not the best strength coach in the league. I really hope he gets involved w/Kelly bulking up.

      • adam

        and play some defense.

  • RedsLoveChild

    “With the 11th pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Boston Celtics—-who stupidly wasted a superb tanking opportunity by winning far too many meaningless games, to the delight of their enemies and largely comatose fan base—-select Jabari—wait for it—Brown, a future D-League sensation from Missouri”.

    • Curt Hays

      LOL, that’d be brutal.

      • RedsLoveChild

        Adam Silver just keepin` it real

  • Curt Hays

    Kelly still shoots and moves like a little guy. He’s an interesting player to watch.

    • adam

      Wasn’t he a point guard or something before he had a growth spurt?

      • Curt Hays

        Yeah, a 7-inch growth spurt in 11th grade that got him to 6’10”. He was still playing Point Guard at that time. Then they asked him to play post (for the first time ever) at Kamloops. Lots of charges were called…

        Also, for all those worried about Kelly getting stronger (), the good news is that when they transitioned him to be a post player, he spent a ton of time in the gym to get as big as he is now. He has that work ethic. He can get bigger.

  • BIG_HITTA1

    its a travesty that Olynyk is only getting 20 mins a game. Stevens needs to play him 30+ mins a game. PERIOD. Can someone pls wake up Stevens – Danny A, are you listening????????!!!!??!!!!