Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk (BOS) – “Kelly O.” | “Sunshine” nike

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BOS Power Forward/Center: 7’0, 238 lbs; 5th year, Gonzaga

NBA Role: versatile, offensive center 

If you need a big to stretch the floor, you can count on Kelly O; a 7-foot, pick & pop center, Olynyk fits right into today’s NBA; rare big who’s both confident (moving off ball and) rising up around screens & slipping back after setting his own; not just a knockdown shooter –  41% from deep in ’15-’16 – Kelly’s capable of beating his man off the dribble (handles & scores well for a player his size), is comfortable setting up shop for elbow faceups & turnarounds; loves transition threes – it’s almost as if teams forget to guard Olynyk* as a trailing shooter from outside; doesn’t welcome contact or heavy banging in the lane but still converts decently in traffic; efficiency isn’t always a given; struggles to finish off possessions – a mean streak on the boards and better defense (yep, definitely better defense) is all that’s holding him back from big-time minutes

*it’s actually because most bigs, especially fives, aren’t naturally accustomed to checking jump-shooting bigs, gravitate towards protecting the paint

DOG Status: UnderDOG

Signature Shot: ‘slip back’ 3

(*factory setting*) NBA 2K17 Rating: 76


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Career: 9.5 points/game, 4.7 rebounds/game, 48% FG

Competes for the Canadian National Basketball team – hails from Toronto

NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2014)

More on “Kelly O.”

“Featured Lights”

  • “Dominating the Dubs” – Kelly O. did work v. GS in this mid-December meeting (via FreeDawkins; Dec. 2015):