Boston Celtics Have Rookie Steal in Kelly Olynyk

By Rob Lunder
Boston Celtics, Kelly Olynyk
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Could Boston Celtics rookie forward Kelly Olynyk potentially become the best player from the 2013 NBA Draft class a few years down the road? A few weeks ago, that question was ludicrous. Fast forward to summer league play and that question does not sound so ridiculous. Granted, we will not be putting Olynyk in the Hall of Fame based off of a small handful of summer league games, but he has offered enough to at least show that he should be able to be at worst a solid player for a long period of time.

Olynyk has displayed an impressive offensive game, showing a number of moves that he never even tried during his playing days at Gonzaga. It is surprising because he is hitting fade away jumpers and three point shots that might confuse some with Larry Bird or Dirk Nowtizki.

The Celtics seemed to have found a nice surprise in Olynyk. There is no reason that he cannot become the best player in this draft class a few years from now. His chief competition will most likely come from Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo. Oladipo probably has slightly more potential than Olynyk, and if he can improve his jump shot and overall dribbling, he could become a Dwyane Wade type player.

The Celtics appear to have found another young asset in the 2013 Draft. He has shown the skills to be a starter sooner rather than later and Celtics GM Danny Ainge has to be pleased with what he has seen from his rookie forward thus far.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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