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Kelly Olynyk | Center/Forward | #9

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 238
College: Gonzaga
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (13) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Kelly Olynyk will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against the Magic.
Olynyk made a late-preseason push for the starting four-spot in Miami and beat out James Johnson, who has said he prefers working with the second unit. It'll be interesting to see what Olynyk's minutes look like tonight, and him getting the starting nod with the Heat certainly puts him on the fantasy radar, but Johnson is still the more attractive target in 12-team settings. Oct 18 - 6:24 PM

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Kelly Olynyk started at power forward on Friday with no points, four rebounds, and two assists in eight minutes.

Coach Erik Spoelstra seems to like playing Olynyk at the four, and now that's definitely an option because of the loss of Rodney McGruder. Olynyk is very up and down in his career, but the Coach Spo factor makes him a late-round option for those looking for an offensive big.
Oct 14 - 12:21 AM

Kelly Olynyk started at center with Hassan Whiteside resting on Wednesday, putting up eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 22 minutes.

Olynyk has played both PF and C this preseason, paving the way for a solid role with minutes in the mid-20s. He'll go undrafted in most 12-team leagues, but could emerge as a worthwhile option, especially if he earns the starting PF job ahead of James Johnson.
Oct 11 - 11:43 PM

Kelly Olynyk started again over James Johnson at power forward and had 13 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

That's a Johnson-esque line and there's a good chance that Olynyk could stick in the starting lineup once the games start counting. Johnson is still the preferred fantasy power forward to own in Miami, but if Olynyk keeps this up, he's going to be worth a late-round flier in traditional leagues.
Oct 9 - 11:27 PM

Kelly Olynyk will remain in the starting lineup for Monday's preseason matchup with the Hornets.

The Heat will roll out the same starting five they put out there on Saturday featuring Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, Rodney McGruder, Olynyk and Hassan Whiteside, with James Johnson shifting to the second unit. Johnson has hinted he feels more comfortable working in the second unit, so Olynyk might be able to overtake him for the starting four-spot if he can finish the preseason strong.

Kelly Olynyk started at power forward on Saturday with two points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 27 minutes against the Magic.

It's an interesting wrinkle to start him next to Hassan Whiteside and he also guarded power forwards when he was next to James Johnson. Coach Erik Spoelstra may be the poster child for position-less basketball, so Olynyk should be able to get minutes in the low 20s at the four and five combined. The demand isn't there for him on draft day, but he's worth a look in the last couple rounds based on how Coach Spo has turned around so man bigs. Although, KO's disappearing acts make him tough to trust.
Oct 7 - 9:32 PM

Kelly Olynyk had nine points, one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, five assists and one steal in his Heat preseason debut on Sunday.

Olynyk was the first big man off the bench behind Hassan Whiteside, and he wound up logging 23 minutes tonight. He had a green light offensively, especially from the perimeter, as Miami experimented with court-stretching lineups. Bam Adebayo barely saw the court tonight, but the frontcourt rotation should fluctuate throughout the preseason.
Oct 1 - 8:43 PM

Kelly Olynyk's contract with Miami includes a $1 million bonus if he plays more than 1,700 minutes this season.

Olynyk set a career-high by logging 1,538 minutes last season and played fewer than 1,450 minutes in each of his first three seasons. If he were to appear in all 82 games next season, he would have to average 20.8 minutes per contest to log a total of 1,700 minutes.
Sep 12 - 11:02 AM

Kelly Olynyk said he won't play in games with the Canadian national team this summer.

He did say he will train with the team. One he starts his season with the Heat, Olynyk could get minutes at the four and the five, especially with how coach Erik Spoelstra likes to play the matchups. He figures to get most of his minutes as the backup five man, assuming rookie Bam Adebayo doesn't tear it up early.
Aug 9 - 2:45 PM

Pat Riley believes that Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo can play together in the second unit.

"[Olynyk] is a perfect fit for Hassan [Whiteside]. He and Bam [Adebayo] can play [together]. Kelly is a great outlet passer," said Riley. "I think he’s an excellent defender. He will get in better shape with us. His game will emerge. I look at him as part of the 25 to 30-year-old group of young guys." Olynyk's ability to hit the 3-point shot fills a glaring need for the Heat, so he should be able to flirt with around 20 minutes off the bench in Miami. He's more of a deep league guy, though.
Jul 10 - 4:19 PM

Kelly Olynyk has agreed to a four-year, $50 million-plus deal with the Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

It's a fairly big contract for a guy who didn't play 21 minutes per game in either of his last two seasons. In his 20.5 minutes per game last year, Olynyk was effective on offense with averages of 9.0 points, 4.8 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.9 treys. Coach Erik Spoelstra will likely use him as a combo PF/C with minutes in the low 20s again. The Heat should still be able to bring James Johnson back.
Jul 6 - 7:44 PM

Kelly Olynyk is receiving interest from the Nets, Pacers, Kings and Jazz, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

The Celtics renounced his restricted rights, so Boston won't be able to match one of their heroes from the Washington series. Olynyk is best suited in the second unit and should have more fantasy value on his new team.
Jul 5 - 3:01 PM

The Celtics have renounced restricted free agent Kelly Olynyk.

This means the Celtics will not be able to match any offers for Olynyk, as he's now an unrestricted free agent. Following Gordon Hayward's decision to join Boston, the Celtics simply won't have the cap space to bring Olynyk back. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said that the 26-year-old center will have a "strong market," and the good news is that a move away from Boston could result in a significant bump in fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 8:11 PM

The Celtics have extended a qualifying offer to Kelly Olynyk.

It is a mild surprise that the Celtics have given Olynyk a qualifying offer, but they could opt to rescind that offer at a later date. For instance, the Warriors rescinded their qualifying offer on Harrison Barnes last year after the Dubs agreed to terms with Kevin Durant, so that could be on the table for the Celtics if they can land a big target. For now, they'll be able to match any offer on the backup big man.
Jun 29 - 8:21 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical said it's "increasingly likely" that the Celtics will let Kelly Olynyk become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

This comes on the heels of a report that the Celtics will pursue both Gordon Hayward and Paul George this summer, so they won't have the cap space to bring back Olynyk in that scenario. Wojnarowski adds that Olynyk will have a "strong market," so it sounds like he's as good as gone. On the other hand, this should increase the chances of draft-and-stash prospect Ante Zizic joining the Celtics for the 2017-18 season.
Jun 27 - 7:25 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Tyler Johnson
SG1Dion Waiters
2Josh Richardson
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Rodney McGruder
2Justise Winslow
PF1James Johnson
2Kelly Olynyk
3Okaro White
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Edrice Adebayo
3A.J. Hammons
4Udonis Haslem