The man who was rated #2 by Mike Prada in his Summer League ranking on SBNation.com, just behind Cody Zeller. The man who averaged 18 points and 7.8 rebounds per game (top five in both categories). The man who has Plantar Fasciitis. The man who suddenly has the weight of Boston Celtics fans propped firmly on his shoulders.
Olynyk has a wide range of offensive abilities. In the clip below, against the Orlando Magic, Olynyk shows his versatility. He scores on the post, hits a few threes, gets to the rim and finishes with his left hand.
Obviously, the NBA will be a bit of a rude awakening. But Olynyk moves well on the floor, his footwork is sound, and he shoots the ball well from multiple spots on the floor. Those things will make him successful.
The issue with Olynyk, other than his Plantar Fasciitis, is his defense. It's going to be tough to watch at times. He's going to get dominated in the low block by larger centers. He'll get out muscled for rebounds frequently. Rebounding was never his strong suit at Gonzaga.
He has a head for the game, and will most likely learn quickly.
So this summer, getting healthy and stronger shouild be his primary goal. It was good he did not play for Canada this month. Some young players (see: Robert Griffin III), like to push the limits and ignore injuries and pain. Over the course of this summer Olynyk needs to build muscle in order to sustain himself through a season that will be twice as long as his season at Gonzaga. 82 games is a long haul. The way he played and the way are Celtics are built means he will no doubt be logging a lot of minutes.
Olynyk's abilities will develop as he plays throughout the year. He'll outwit players and also be outwitted, it's the case with all rookies. Olynyk should settle into Boston, he's going to be here for a while. Celtics fans should be excited about watching him play and grow, along with this franchise. The last time someone could say that about a Celtics rookie was Paul Pierce. Here's hoping he turns into half the player and leader Pierce was.
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