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#41 Kelly Olynyk
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  • Miami Heat
  • Signed as a free agent in July 2017
  • PF/C
  • 7'0" / 238lbs
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  • 04/19/1991
  • Canada
  • 13th pick, 2013
  • Gonzaga
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2013 NBA DraftNBADrafted 13th overall by Dallas.
2013 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Dallas to Boston in exchange for the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira (#16) and two 2014 second round picks (#34, Cleanthony Early; #47, Russ Smith).
7th July, 2013NBASigned four year, $9,321,293 rookie scale contract with Boston. Included team options for 2015/16 and 2016/17.
29th October, 2014NBABoston exercised 2015/16 team option.
30th October, 2015NBABoston exercised 2016/17 team option.
4th November, 2016D-LeagueAssigned by Boston to Maine Red Claws of the D-League. Recalled the same day.
7th July, 2017NBASigned a four year, $45,610,824 contract with Miami. Included player option for 2020/21.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2009 - 2013Gonzaga (NCAA)
June 2013 - June 2017Boston Celtics (NBA)
July 2017 - presentMiami Heat (NBA)

October 30, 2017

It appears that regular starter Hassan Whiteside will once again not play, increasing the minutes available for Olynyk, even if rookie Bam Adebayo gets the token start. Olynyk’s averages thus far of 22.6 minutes, 10.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game are all career highs, and speak to his versatility on the court; a centre who can produce all of those, plus Olynyk’s 50% three-point shooting, is going to play and is going to produce.


October 28, 2017

The team’s senior centre sans Hassan Whiteside, Olynyk was poor last time out, yet averages 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game on the season. He will receive big minutes tonight barring blowout, as the only other option at centre, rookie Bam Adebayo, is highly untested and will play in small doses, even if he starts the game.


October 25, 2017

Olynyk has had a strong start to the season, averaging 11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in the three games thus far. And he is likely to do better than that tonight, given that usual starter Hassan Whiteside is to miss the game due to injury. As his primary backup, Olynyk will be the main beneficiary, and thus good fantasy value for tonight’s game.


June 29, 2017

Kelly Olynyk
PF/C, 7’0, 238lbs, 26 years old, 4 years of experience

Increasingly tenacious, somewhat awkward, strangely unafraid, often overwhelmed. Olynyk has his uses as a backup, occasionally manifest through offensive nights and often as something of a defensive annoy-ance. Olynyk will try anything, and his versatility as a backup stretch big has value to this and any team. That value however may not be realised; as a free agent in what projects to be Boston's last foreseeable sum-mer of cap room, Olynyk should be considered expendable, and if there is any value to be found via the sign-and-route, it should perhaps be taken.

Player Plan: Entering restricted free agency. Investigate sign-and-trade possibilities.


July 6, 2014

Kelly Olynyk - Save for the fouls and turnovers, Olynyk had a decent rookie season. He rebounded, played his high IQ game, shared the ball, and scored if not entirely efficiently on offense. He might not be fast enough to play the stretch four spot, and although he has bulked up, maybe he's never going to be big enough to play the five spot. Projecting a position for him defensively isn't easy. But he's plenty solid enough.


July 8, 2013

Kelly Olynyk

Olynyk's break out last season was huge, especially after sitting out a year. He put away the three, rather than trend further towards it, and became a highly effective mid-range and in scorer, with dribble-drive and post-up games, toughness and rebounding. In theory, he's a good long term pairing with Melo.


March 17, 2011

The turnaround can perhaps be partially cited to a rotation change. Canadian national team big man Kelly Olynyk - a good rebounder, hustler, extra passer and little things player - began to see less minutes in the front court. In his place came freshman Sam Dower, a monster of a man, with all of two moves to his credit - the trailer three (which he wildly underutilises) and the one drive to the middle lefty hook over the right shoulder (which he used on basically every possession, and which no one can stop, because he's just too big.) When combined with the offensive skill of finesse centre Robert Sacre - whose footwork is good, whose height is better, and whose turnaround jumpshot is similarly unblockable - Gonzaga could throw a scoring big man option on the floor at all times, which most of the West Coast Conference couldn't complete. Add Harris to that mix, and mismatches were opening up all over the show.