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After a stellar performance in the 2013 Orlando Summer League, expectations are high that star rookie Kelly Olynyk can contribute immediately for Boston.
In five games, Olynyk averaged 18 points, 7.8 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 57.8 percent. He managed those stellar numbers in just 24.2 minutes of work per night.
Olynyk’s offensive versatility was apparent during his final year at Gonzaga, but he took his game to another level with the Celtics.
He showed that he could post-up efficiently, spot-up for jumpers, clean up the offensive glass and even handle the ball at times.
With Garnett gone, Boston needs another big man who can score and make plays with his back to the basket while also being able to open up driving lanes with his shooting touch.
He shot just 23.1 percent from deep, proving that he still needs to develop as a three-point threat, but Olynyk is automatic up to 18 feet and can create matchup problems at the 4 or 5 with his shooting ability.
Olynyk is not a great post defender and still needs to improve on the defensive glass, but Stevens will likely thrust him into heavy minutes right away. Olynyk might be better suited as a power forward, but as a 7-footer he will be asked to play a lot of center as a rookie.
His offensive game is already extremely polished, which will allow him to make a positive impact, even if he proves to be a defensive liability early on.
The Celtics could plug Humphries, Sullinger or Bass in at center, but since the team is in a rebuilding mode, they will likely look to give their star rookie minutes to develop.
Expect Olynyk to start the brunt of the season and log around 28-30 minutes a night, primarily at the 5.