Kelly Olynyk Flashes Potential For Boston Celtics in Loss

By Michael LeDuc
Kelly Olynyk
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If there was one positive to take away in the loss to the Atlanta Hawks, it was the play of Boston Celtics’ bench and, more specifically, the play of Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk showed what he is capable of against the Hawks on Tuesday. The rookie forward went 8-for-11 from the field, including three triples, while scoring 21 points. He also made some impressive passes and finished the night with five assists. He flashed defensive poise with a couple of blocks, and his unselfish play and passing ability were amazing to watch — especially for a big man like Olynyk.

The Celtics might have gotten something special in the 2013 NBA Draft. We can’t expect Olynyk to perform like on a regular basis yet, but he has shown what he can become. He’s a big man with a terrific shot and excellent passing ability. He can shoot from three, mid-range, and he runs the floor very well to get buckets in transition.

I don’t think he projects as starter in the NBA, but he could be a significant piece off the bench on a contending team. He seems to complement Jared Sullinger very well too. A seven-footer that can shoot and run the floor is a coveted asset in the game today. The Celtics have a special part of the future on their team in Olynyk.

He can expect some big minutes in the upcoming games if he continues to play like this. With Brad Stevens upset with his first unit, Olynyk has a great opportunity to prove himself and move up the ranks. He is an important part of the Celtics’ future.

Michael LeDuc writes about the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @mike_leduc, like his Facebook page and add him on Google.

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