Kelly Olynyk

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Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk v USD Toreros.jpg
Olynyk at Gonzaga
No. 41 – Boston Celtics
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1991-04-19) April 19, 1991 (age 23)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
Listed weight 238 lb (108 kg)
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 playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013–present Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards

Kelly Tyler Olynyk (born April 19, 1991) is a 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 and 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.[citation needed] He announced on April 19, his 22nd birthday, that he would forgo his senior year and declare for the NBA draft.[2] 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[edit]

Childhood & youth[edit]

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.[3] His mother Arlene was a Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's basketball referee.[3] From 1995 to 2004, his mother worked for the Toronto Raptors, with one of her jobs being scorekeeper. In 2003,[4] Ken became athletic director at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, with the rest of the family soon joining him in Kamloops.[3]

High school career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[5]

College career[edit]

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 to the 2012–13 Academic All-America first team.[6] Following his redshirted junior year, he opted for the NBA draft, thereby forgoing his senior year.

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages[7]
2010–11 Gonzaga Bulldogs 600 6.4 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: 132 11.5 5.5 1.2 0.5 0.6 .614 .368 .731 19.6 1.8

Professional career[edit]

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.[8]

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.[9]

When the 2013 rookie class convened for its annual photo shoot and filled out its Rookie Survey, the class voted Olynyk as the co-favorite to have the best career (with Victor Oladipo).[10]


  1. ^ Kelly Olynyk emerges as star for No. 8 Gonzaga men’s basketball team
  2. ^ "Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk declares for NBA draft after breakout year". April 19, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Anderson, Kelli (March 18, 2013). "Canada's Got Talent". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Athletics History". Thompson Rivers University. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Kelly Olynyk Biography
  6. ^ "Olynyk Named To Capital One Academic All-America Team". February 21, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kelly Olynyk Stats". Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ Celtics Acquire Olynyk, Iverson
  9. ^ "Celtics Sign Olynyk". July 7, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Schuhmann, John (August 26, 2013). "Magic's Oladipo among rookie favorites to stand out in 2013-14". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 

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