The Boston Celtics went for size this year, and they traded up to get it. The Celtics traded their 16th pick to the Dallas Mavericks for their 13th pick, and selected Kelly Olynyk. This move gives the Celtics a player who is ready to start right away, and make an impact on the floor. Another bonus for the Celtics is that they get a center for the future as Olynyk is listed at seven feet. With rumors swirling of a potential trade that would send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets, Olynyk will most likely be viewed as Garnett’s successor.
One problem the Celtics have always had was finding a serviceable big man. After Kendrick Perkins was traded away, the Celtics relied on Jermaine O’ Neal, who didn’t get the job done. It was because of this that former coach Doc Rivers moved Garnett over the center position. Now the Celtics have Olynyk, a quality player who averaged 17 points and seven rebounds at Gonzaga last year. With Jared Sullinger coming back from back surgery, the Celtics will have a nice frontcourt as they can mix and match at the four and five positions. The Celtics can insert Olynyk right into the starting lineup and pair him with the trio of Brandon Bass,Sullinger or Jeff Green if needed.
In the post-Doc-era, the Celtics have got off to a good start by getting a big man, but I think if the trade between the Nets and Celtics doesn’t go through it would be good for the Celtics as well. If the trade dies the Celtics will be even better with the return of Pierce and Garnett. Garnett could move back to the four position, and play alongside Olynyk, which would give Boston some nice depth with Sullinger and Bass moving to the bench. If the trade doesn’t happen the Celtics can still be good, they would have a nice young core of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green and now Olynyk to build around. If this is the rebuilding phase the Celtics got off to a nice start.