Summer league action down in Orlando kicked off this past weekend and the Boston Celtics‘ young hopefuls were hoping to prove their worth just days after the organization filled their head coaching vacancy with Brad Stevens.
Well, one member of the summer league squad that will have no trouble making the team is first round draft pick Kelly Olynyk, who was selected with the 13th overall pick just last month. On Sunday afternoon, in his summer league debut, Olynyk proved his worth and overall potential in a highly productive 26 minutes of action. Olynyk even outscored the draft’s No. 2 overall selection,Victor Oladipo.
In the contest, Olynyk scored a game-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting while also grabbing seven rebounds. The 7-footer was also 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, a feature to his game that will surely help him at the NBA level. His size and energy allows him to be a force within the paint, but he can be a match-up nightmare because of his ability to step out and shoot the basketball. This will surely allow Stevens to be flexible will Olynyk during the regular season in his front court rotations. Olynyk played the center position in college, but don’t be surprised if he becomes more fit to the power forward position with certain lineups.
The negatives of Olynyk’s summer league debut include five turnovers and six fouls. Although those statistics are particularly meaningless for one summer league contest, Celtics fans will be interested to see if he can lower those numbers moving forward.
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