Olynyk with the Celtics in December 2016
|No. 41 – Boston Celtics|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
April 19, 1991 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||238 lb (108 kg)|
|High school||South Kamloops
(Kamloops, British Columbia)
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kelly Tyler Olynyk (oh-LIN-ik; born April 19, 1991) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball in the United States for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, where he earned NCAA All-American honors in 2013. After forgoing his senior year, Olynyk was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA draft; he was immediately traded to the Boston Celtics. He also represents the Canadian national team.
Olynyk was born in Toronto, where he started playing basketball at an early age. He and fellow future NBA player Cory Joseph were both on a Scarborough Blues club team that rarely lost in the late 1990s and early 2000s. One defeat came against rival Toronto 5–0, led by Stephen Curry. Olynyk moved to Kamloops, British Columbia when he was in grade 7.
High school career
Olynyk did not attend a high school or prep school in the United States; 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. 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. Olynyk was heavily recruited out of high school by the likes of Syracuse, Providence and North Carolina State. He chose Gonzaga in part so he could play closer to home.
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.
Olynyk was also a quarterback for the Titans when he was in high school and broke his arm during a playoff game in 2007.
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. Following his redshirt junior year, he opted for the NBA draft, thereby forgoing his senior year of eligibility (though by that time he had already received his bachelor's degree in accounting).
Boston Celtics (2013–present)
Olynyk was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 13th overall pick 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. On July 7, 2013, Olynyk signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics. Olynyk was selected alongside teammate Jared Sullinger on Team Webber for the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge. 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.
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. On December 15, 2014, he scored a career-high 30 points in a 105–87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. On January 22, 2015, he injured his ankle after landing on the foot of Thomas Robinson in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 90–89 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. 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.
Olynyk missed the Celtics' 2015–16 season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 28 after being suspended for his role in Kevin Love's left shoulder injury during the 2015 playoffs. Two days later, the Celtics exercised their fourth-year team option on Olynyk's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. On December 11, 2015, he scored a season-high 28 points in a 124–119 double overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors. On March 16, 2016, he returned to action for the Celtics after missing the previous 12 games with an injured right shoulder.
Olynyk missed the first six games of the 2016–17 season after undergoing right shoulder surgery in May 2016, and subsequently spent a day with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League in early November. He made his season debut for the Celtics on November 9, 2016, playing 25 minutes and scoring two points in a 118–93 loss to the Washington Wizards. Two days later, he recorded 19 points and seven rebounds in a 115–87 win over the New York Knicks. On November 30, he tied his season high of 19 points in a 121–114 loss to the Detroit Pistons. On January 13, 2017, he set a new season high with 26 points in a 103–101 win over the Atlanta Hawks. On April 8, 2017, he had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season in a 121–114 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
NBA career statistics
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Olynyk's father, Ken, was head men's basketball coach at the University of Toronto from 1989 to 2002 and the Canadian junior men's national team from 1983 to 1996, notably cutting future Canadian basketball icon Steve Nash from the junior national team. His mother Arlene was a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) women's basketball referee. From 1995 to 2004, his mother worked for the Toronto Raptors, with one of her jobs being scorekeeper. In 2003, Ken became athletic director at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, with the rest of the family soon joining him in Kamloops. Olynyk has two sisters, Jesse and Maya; the latter played CIS basketball for the Saskatchewan Huskies. Olynyk's family is of Ukrainian origin.
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