Celtics Move Up and Draft Kelly Olynyk At #13


Leading into tonight’s NBA draft again the only thing talked about in Boston was yet another “block buster “   trade with the Nets. The Celtics had the 16th pick in the first round of the 2013 draft heading into the 13th pick we were informed that the Celtics had moved up from 16th to 13th and informed Dallas who they wanted them to pick for them and the Celtics then selected Canadian and former Gonzaga big man Kelly Olynyk the 6’10 center.

Aside from his time at Gonzaga Kelly was a key player on the Canadian national team that placed 6th in the FIBA world championships the last go about.  For starters Kelly will not impress anyone with his Defense it is mediocre at best his foot work is above average and is an excellent back to the basket player and can score with a great touch around the basket  and an average rebounder. All those things aside good or bad i will give the Celtics a B- for this pick.

I think Olynyk can be a solid player on the offensive end but could turn into a liability on defense if not coached properly. The Celtics were in desperate need of a big rim protecting big man who could control the paint they did not come out with that I am not ready to say this Draft was not a success but Olynyk is a borderline shot in the dark here for a team looking to attain productive assets.

With all the turmoil surrounding the Celtics and their future and the recent departure of its head coach and the uncertainty of its two leaders Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett the draft was the last thing on some fans minds today but indeed was a very important step in the inevitable rebuilding process


Adam Rioux – Celtics Insider  – TitleTown Sports

Host of “The Jungle” at TitleTown Sports Radio Network


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