Kelly Olynyk Traded to Boston Celtics: Scouting Report and Analysis

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Kelly Olynyk Traded to Boston Celtics: Scouting Report and Analysis
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With the No. 13 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Dallas Mavericks selected Kelly Olynyk from Gonzaga University and subsequently traded to the Boston Celtics for the No. 16 pick and two second-round picks.


Here's everything you need to know about Olynyk:

Physical Tools

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Olynyk's physical attributes:

Olynyk is a 7-footer but lacks the typical athleticism you see at the NBA level. He makes up for it with deceptive mobility and the fluidity in any and every direction.

Though he appears awkward, he's actually decently agile for a guy his size. He's capable of attacking the rim while facing up and eluding defenders on the way with long, purposeful strides.

 

Getting to Know Kelly Olynyk

Southern coach Roman Banks explains that Olynyk's personality is different—in a good way:

“His personality is kind of like his basketball game,” Banks said. “He plays different. He’s a different kind of player. He’s definitely a guy that has his own style.”

 

NBA Player Comparison

Olynyk has a chance to be a lot like Brook Lopez. He's fluid and skilled with his back to the basket and in face-up scenarios. Lopez and Olynyk aren't quick, but they're mobile and can hit the outside shot.

If he doesn't earn an expanded role, he will be a peripheral contributor like Tiago Splitter.

 

Pro Predictions

With an efficient approach to the game and a smooth shooting touch, Olynyk will be able to supply offense from day one.

He should be able to play both the power forward and center positions, and even operate as a stretch 4 in some situations. I don't anticipate him gobbling up a ton of rebounds, but he has good hands and won't be a slouch in that department.

Throughout his career, he probably won't end up being a featured player like Brook Lopez, but he'll be a dependable post playmaker who can get you between eight and 12 points if he plays 25 minutes per game.

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