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Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk
File:Kelly Olynyk v USD Toreros.jpg
Olynyk with Gonzaga in February 2013
No. 41 – Boston Celtics
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-04-19) April 19, 1991 (age 29)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
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Career information
High school South Kamloops
(Kamloops, British Columbia)
College Gonzaga (2009–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards

Kelly Tyler Olynyk (born April 19, 1991) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an NCAA All-American while playing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Born in Toronto, Olynyk moved to Kamloops, B.C. in grade 7.[1] He was studying for a Master of Business Administration at Gonzaga University, having earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in December 2012 with a 3.53 GPA.[2] He announced on April 19, his 22nd birthday, that he would forgo his senior year and declare for the NBA draft.[3] He also represents the Canadian national basketball team. Olynyk was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA Draft and immediately traded to the Boston Celtics.

Early life

Childhood & youth

Olynyk was born into a basketball family. His father Ken was head men's basketball coach at the University of Toronto from 1989 to 2002 and the Canada junior men's national team from 1983 to 1996, notably cutting future Canadian basketball icon Steve Nash from the junior national team.[4] His mother Arlene was a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) women's basketball referee.[4] From 1995 to 2004, his mother worked for the Toronto Raptors, with one of her jobs being scorekeeper. In 2003,[5] Ken became athletic director at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, with the rest of the family soon joining him in Kamloops.[4] He has two sisters, Jesse and Maya; the latter plays CIS basketball for the Saskatchewan Huskies.

High school career

Unlike many elite Canadian prospects in the early 21st century, he never attended a U.S. high school or prep school; he instead stayed home at South Kamloops Secondary School, exposing himself to U.S. competition and coaches while playing on provincial teams - competing at Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and non-AAU tournaments in the States - and the Canadian Junior National Team.[4] Olynyk developed as a point guard, continuing to play the position even after growing from 6'3" (1.90 m) to 6'10" (2.08 m) in grade 11.[4]

Olynyk was named the Basketball BC outstanding high school player of the year in his grade 12 year, leading his South Kamloops Titans to a 36-2 record and a third-place finish at the BC AAA High School Boys' Basketball Championships.[6]

Olynyk was also a quarterback for the Titans when he was in high school and broke his arm during a playoff game in 2007.[6]

College career

Olynyk played college basketball at Gonzaga from 2009 to 2013. He was mostly a bench player for the Bulldogs in his freshman and sophomore years, averaging around 12 to 13 minutes per game. In order to improve his game and get stronger, Gonzaga and Olynyk agreed that he would redshirt his junior year (2011–12), meaning he would practice with the team, but not play.

Olynyk returned to the Bulldogs lineup for the first game of the 2012–13 season, and had a great season, being selected as a Consensus First-Team All-American, as well as to the 2012–13 Academic All-America first team.[7] Following his redshirted junior year, he opted for the NBA draft, thereby forgoing his senior year.

College statistics

Season Averages[8]
2009–10 Gonzaga Bulldogs 34 3.8 2.7 0.8 0.5 0.1 .500 .222 .596 12.3 0.6
2010–11 Gonzaga Bulldogs 35 5.8 3.8 0.7 0.3 0.1 .574 .444 .618 13.5 1.2
2012–13 Gonzaga Bulldogs 32 17.8 7.3 1.7 0.7 1.1 .629 .300 .776 26.4 2.4
Totals: 101 8.9 4.6 1.1 0.5 0.5 .594 .333 .709 17.2 2.0

Professional career

Boston Celtics

Olynyk was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA draft and then traded immediately to the Boston Celtics for the rights to Lucas Nogueira and two future second round picks.[9] On July 7, 2013, Olynyk signed the rookie scale contract with the Celtics after scoring 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting in his first summer league game in Orlando.[10]

Olynyk was selected alongside teammate Jared Sullinger on Team Webber for the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge.[11] After averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 70 games in 2013–14, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

In July 2014, Olynyk re-joined the Celtics for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[12] On October 29, 2014, the Celtics exercised their third-year team option on Olynyk's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[13] On December 15, 2014, he scored a career-high 30 points in a 105-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[14]

On January 22, 2015, Olynyk was hurt when he landed on the foot of then-Portland forward Thomas Robinson in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 90-89 win. After being projected to return soon after the All-Star break, Olynyk didn’t show signs of being ready to return, and subsequently missed 18 games. He returned to action on March 4 against the Utah Jazz, recording one rebound and one assist in an 85-84 win.[15]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2013–14 Boston 70 9 20.0 .466 .351 .811 5.2 1.6 .5 .4 8.7
2014–15 Boston 64 13 22.2 .475 .349 .684 4.8 1.7 1.0 .6 10.3
Career 134 22 21.1 .471 .349 .744 5.0 1.6 .7 .5 9.4


2015 Boston 4 0 13.3 .538 .500 .500 1.3 .5 .5 .5 4.5
Career 4 0 13.3 .538 .500 .500 1.3 .5 .5 .5 4.5

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