Kelly Olynyk

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Kelly Olynyk
Olynyk during his time with Gonzaga in February 2013
No. 41 – Boston Celtics
Power forward/Center
Personal information
Born (1991-04-19) April 19, 1991 (age 28)
Toronto, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
High schoolSouth Kamloops
(Kamloops, British Columbia)
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight238 lb (108 kg)
Career information
CollegeGonzaga (2009–2013)
NBA Draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Pro career2013–present
Career highlights and awards

Kelly Tyler Olynyk (born April 19, 1991) is an Canadian professional basketball player. He is a power forward-center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born in Toronto, Ontario and moved to Kamloops, British Columbia when he was in grade 7.[1]

Olynyk played college basketball at Gonzaga University. During his freshman and sophomore years there, Olynyk averaged 12 to 13 minutes per game and was mainly a bench player. During his junior year, Olynyk and Gonzaga both agreed that he would redshirt. He played in the 2012–13 season and was selected for both the Consensus First-Team All-American and the 2012–13 Academic All-America first team.[2]

Olynyk was selected 13th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA draft. The same day, the Mavericks traded Olynyk to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Lucas Nogueira and two future second round picks.[3] During his first summer league game, he scored 25 points with 9-of-13 shooting. He signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics on July 7, 2013.[4]

On October 29, 2014, the Celtics extended Olynyk's rookie scale contract through the 2015–16 season after exercising their third-year team option.[5] On December 15, 2014, Olynyk scored a career-high 30 points in a 105-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[6]

During the first quarter of Game 4 of the 2015 NBA Playoffs, Olynyk got tangled with Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love while battling for a loose ball and dislocated Love's left shoulder. Love called it a "bush-league play" and Olynyk said that he would "never intentionally hurt someone."[7] The league suspended Olynyk for one game without pay and ruled that he had "yanked [Love's] arm down".[8]

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  1. "Kelly Olynyk emerges as star for No. 8 Gonzaga men's basketball team". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2015-5-14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "Olynyk Named To Capital One Academic All-America Team". gozags.com. Retrieved 2015-5-14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Celtics Acquire Olynyk, Iverson". Boston Celtics. Retrieved 2015-5-14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "Celtics Sign Olynyk". Boston Celtics. Retrieved 2015-5-14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. "Celtics Exercise Options on Olynyk, Sullinger and Zeller". Boston Celtics. Retrieved 2015-5-14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. "Olynyk scores 30 in Celtics' 105-87 win over 76ers". NBA. Retrieved 2015-5-14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. "Kevin Love shoulder injury: Cleveland Cavaliers forward out for entire Eastern Conference semifinals". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2015-5-14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. "Smith, Olynyk suspended; Perkins fined". NBA. Retrieved 2015-5-14. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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