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 (2.13 m)
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 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 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]

Kelly Olynyk attended South Kamloops High...senior year named the Basketball B.C. outstanding high school player after leading the Titans to a 36-2 record and a third-place finish in the B.C. AAA High School Boys' Basketball Championships...both losses came in overtime, including an 81-74 verdict to St. Georges in the championship semifinals after Olynyk fouled out at the end of regulation with 37 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists...went 16-for-29 from the field, including 2-for-5 from 3-point range...South Kamloops was ranked No. 1 throughout the season...came back with 46 points in the bronze medal game, connecting on 15-of-30 field goal attempts, 4-for-8 from 3-point range and 12-for-14 from the free throw line...also grabbed 15 boards, dished out 5 assists and had 5 the AAA Championship he led the tournament in scoring at 36.5 ppg with 146 points in four games, led in rebounding with 15.5 rpg with a game-high 19 in the second round, shot 52.8 percent from the field (56-for-106) and 39.1 percent from 3-point range (9-for-23) in earning MVP accolades...paced the tourney in assists/game (7.2), blocked shots/game (3.8) and also averaged 2.2 steals/game to rank among the leaders... In addition to playing for South Kamloops, he is also a member of the National Elite Development Academy...summer of 2008 was a member of the Canadian Junior Men's National Team and played in the FIBA Americas U18 tournament in Formosa, Argentina...quarterbacked the Titans football team, suffering a broken arm near his shoulder joint in a November, 2007, playoff game...rehabilitated the shoulder, earned the spot with NEDA and capped his high school career with an outstanding season that saw him average 35.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg...scored a career-high 54 points in a game in January, 2009.

Kelly Olynyk's Collegiate Career

FRESHMAN (2009-10): Came off the bench in all 34 games, averaging 12.3 minutes/game...three double-digit games - 10 at home against Washington State and Eastern Washington, and season-high 13 in West Coast Conference opener at Portland...went 4-for-6 from field and 4-for-5 from free throw line against Portland...grabbed 7 rebounds four times - Washington State, at Portland and at home against Saint Mary's and Santa Clara.

SOPHOMORE (2010-11): Played for Canada in 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey in September...averaged 8.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg...after getting just one appearance off the bench in first two games, played 19 minutes and scored 13 points against France...played tournament-high 22 minutes against both New Zealand and Spain, scoring 6 points against NZ and 14 against Spain, going 7-for-9 from free throw line against Spain...went 8-for-13 from the field over the final three games...grabbed four rebounds in each of last two games...Canada was winless in five games.

JUNIOR (2012-13): Redshirted at Gonzaga.

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.[5]

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.[6]

In July 2014, Olynyk re-joined the Celtics for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[7]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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[edit]

2013–14 Boston 70 9 20.0 .466 .351 .811 5.2 1.6 .5 .4 8.7
Career 70 9 20.0 .466 .351 .811 5.2 1.6 .5 .4 8.7

See also[edit]


  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 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. ^ Celtics Acquire Olynyk, Iverson
  6. ^ "Celtics Sign Olynyk". July 7, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Celtics Announce 2014 Orlando Summer League Roster". July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 

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