Kelly Olynyk had a tremendous season at Gonzaga last year but never really looked like he could become an NBA star. He had some great finesse moves for a big guy but was weak in the paint, with the word 'soft' often mentioned along with his name.
However, Olynyk looked a new man throughout summer league and from then on, he was being declared by many to be the biggest steal in the draft. At pick number 13, Olynyk was a great pickup for the struggling Celtics and if he can't help the Celtics this year, then he can be a big part of the rebuilding process.
If you think the summer league was a fluke, take a look at what he did during preseason. Olynyk averaged 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game on 52.5 percent shooting from the field.
If Olynyk keeps improving upon the return of star guard Rajon Rondo, then they could be one of the greatest big man/little man combinations in recent history.
Olynyk will improve his pick and roll game and with Rondo at the helm you can be sure the pass will go to where Olynyk wants it - whether it's down low, to his chest or up high for an explosive alley-oop.
If Olynyk and Rondo do reach their full potential as a duo then they could attract some star power. After all, Boston is traditionally a very popular destination for big names.
Olynyk also has other great players around him like Jeff Green, Avery Bradley and Marshon Brooks. So, if Olynyk becomes a great player, he could increase the whole team's chemistry and make them come together as one.
Throughout the regular season we'll see if Olynyk can keep improving at the rate he is now and, if he does, he will be a legitimate contender for the Rookie of the Year prize.
Even if Olynyk's game can't help the Celtics this season, throughout their rebuilding process he will play a big part.
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