Boston Celtics Draft Kelly Olynyk as Part of New Look Front Court

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics, Kelly Olynyk
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The Boston Celtics made a shrewd move in last week’s NBA Draft by moving up to acquire the draft rights to former Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk. A seven-footer from Canada, he gives the organization much more size in the front court, not to mention a solid prospect for the future. With the exit of Kevin Garnett, the Celtics were desperately looking for more size in their rotation.

The main problem with Olynyk is that he lacks great athleticism at the forward/center position. Against quicker and more explosive players, he will have a tough time holding his own and staying out of foul trouble. This is obviously one area he needs to get better in. He needs to become much quicker shuffling his feet on the defensive end.

His offensive skills translate fairly well to the next level as there is potential for him to develop into a Troy Murphy type of player. That is certainly not a bad player by any means, but it certainly will not get Celtics fans jumping off their feet with excitement.

The Celtics did fine in selecting Olynyk, but they were much better off picking UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad instead. His upside is far greater than that of Olynyk’s. Muhammad could very easily be a bust in the league, but the Celtics needed a type of guy who has the upside to be an All Star player someday. Olynyk does not have that potential.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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