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Kelly Olynyk | Center | #41

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 238
College: Gonzaga
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (13) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Danny Ainge implied that he needs to see more from Kelly Olynyk this season than he has shown in the past.
Olynyk connected on a surprising 40.5 percent of his three-point attempts last season, but his game-to-game performance too often fluctuated and it resulted in making KO an unreliable part of Boston's rotation. Now that Al Horford is a Celtic, it's hard to see how Olynyk—who is still fighting to recover from shoulder surgery—makes a meaningful impact in standard fantasy formats. Sep 24 - 5:36 PM

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Kelly Olynyk's recovery from shoulder surgery could "spill into the regular season" according to Celtics reporter A. Sherrod Blakely.

His timetable for a return is sometime next month, so it sounds like he could miss a large portion of training camp. Blakely adds that teams won't be pursuing Olynyk until he proves he is healthy, but said that the big man could be an interesting trade piece for the Celtics given the depth of their frontcourt. His workload will probably be limited to minutes in the lower 20s with Al Horford and Amir Johnson around, so Olynyk's fantasy outlook isn't promising.
Source: CSN NE
Sep 19 - 10:38 AM

Kelly Olynyk said that his right shoulder is feeling good and it's getting stronger, although he still doesn't know how much he'll be able to do at the start of training camp.

Olynyk underwent shoulder surgery back in mid-May, but he stated back in early-August that he's nearly got his full range of motion back and that he was a little bit ahead of his rehab schedule. Olynyk should be good to go by the time training camp rolls around, and he could be looking at an increased role with the Celtics this upcoming season due to the departure of Jared Sullinger. However, with Amir Johnson and Al Horford set to soak up the starter minutes, Olynyk will have a tough time making a difference in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 24 - 11:21 AM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) isn't concerned about a potential contract extension.

The Celtics have until October 30 to extend Olynyk's contract, but the 25-year-old isn't concerning himself with his contractual situation right now. "I'm not really worried about that. If they want to do it, they do," Olynyk said. "If not, you can't worry about things you can't control. That's completely up to them, so we'll see what happens." Olynyk will enter the 2016-17 season as part of a crowded Celtics frontcourt and is unlikely to see enough minutes to make a big dent in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN
Aug 4 - 9:21 AM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) said his range of motion is "pretty much all the way back."

He added he's a little bit ahead of schedule from his shoulder surgery. Olynyk likely will have to shift to more power forward minutes with Al Horford becoming coach Brad Stevens' main center option. He'll likely be too inconsistent to draft in standard leagues.
Aug 3 - 4:36 PM

According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Celtics are unlikely to extend Kelly Olynyk's contract before the Oct. 30 deadline.

Washburn adds that the Celtics will likely wait until next summer to decide on his long-term future with the franchise. Olynyk is coming off shoulder surgery, but it's possible that he could be the first big off the bench behind Al Horford and Amir Johnson this season. Olynyk averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 treys on 45.5 percent shooting in 20.2 minutes per game last season, so he could help standard-league owners with a slightly larger role.
Aug 1 - 10:41 AM

Kelly Olynyk is "expected to play a key role" for the Celtics during the 2016-17 season, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

Olynyk underwent right (shooting) shoulder surgery in mid-May, so he's going to have to come back healthy before we can pencil him in for anything too serious. It's certainly conceivable Olynyk is the first big off the bench behind Al Horford and Amir Johnson with Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger likely to depart in free agency, but Jonas Jerebko figures to be in the mix, as well.

Kelly Olynyk underwent a successful right shoulder arthroscopy for recurrent subluxations on Monday, and he is currently without an official timetable to return.

While an official timetable has not yet been set, a standard recovery period for the kind of procedure he underwent is typically in the five-month range, so he should be good to go when the 2016-17 season begins. The Celtics could have a much different look next year with Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger bound for free agency, and if those guys aren't retained, more opportunity would open up for Olynyk.
May 17 - 5:42 PM

Kelly Olynyk has been told by doctors that right shoulder surgery is "inevitable," but he's still deciding when to have the procedure.

Olynyk might delay surgery to take part in the Olympic qualifying tournament with Canada. "If you rest [the shoulder], it’ll get better but never solve the problem," he said. "Probably make a decision sooner than later because the recovery is so long." Presumably the Celtics would prefer him to have surgery now and skip the Olympics, but we should have resolution before long. If and when he does have the surgery, his timetable will be approximately five months.
May 15 - 8:22 PM

Kelly Olynyk is expected to make an official decision on whether or not to undergo shoulder surgery within the next week or so.

Danny Ainge said that surgery remains an option for Olynyk, but he's still going over all his options. Regardless of the course of treatment, Olynyk should be good to go when the 2016-17 season gets under way. Speaking specifically to fantasy hoops, Olynyk will need some of the guys in Boston's crowded frontcourt to go elsewhere if he hopes to establish himself as a standard league asset next year.
May 4 - 12:39 PM

Kelly Olynyk said that he will consider undergoing shoulder surgery this summer.

He admitted that his shoulder wasn't even 80 percent during the playoffs, so give him credit for playing though the injury. Olynyk is still evaluating different options and is getting a second opinion as well, so it's not a lock that he will need surgery. Olynyk only averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 boards, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers this season in 20.2 minutes per game in Boston's crowded frontcourt, so the Celtics would likely have to move some pieces around in order for him to have a larger role.
Apr 29 - 11:35 AM

Kelly Olynyk said after Thursday's shootaround that his right shoulder is feeling the best it's felt through Boston's first-round series.

Olynyk has been used sparingly through Boston's first-round matchup against the Hawks, and he'll be battling Jared Sullinger for reserve minutes on Thursday night. His shoulder may be feeling better, but it's unlikely we see him earn much more than 10 minutes tonight.
Apr 28 - 6:53 PM

Brad Stevens hinted that Kelly Olynyk's role could be limited for the remainder of the first round.

"Time will tell. ... We aren't in a position where if a guy has rust you're going to be able to play much," Stevens said. The head coach added that he'd evaluate Olynyk in shootaround to gauge his playing time moving forward, but it's worth noting that Jonas Jerebko has really come on strong vs. Atlanta and looks like the better option right now.
Apr 25 - 1:16 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) failed to score in four minutes on Sunday, and he did not play in the second half.

Amir Johnson posted nine points, nine boards and three blocks, while Jonas Jerebko double-doubled, but Olynyk and Jared Sullinger combined for just two points off the bench. Boston will need more from their second unit to wrest control of the series in Game 5, as Marcus Smart accounted for more than 90 percent of their bench points tonight.
Apr 24 - 9:16 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will be available to play on Sunday vs. the Hawks.

He may provide some shooting in the second unit now that Jonas Jerebko is starting, but Olynyk's minutes should be pretty limited if he even plays at all. Most fantasy owners will want to ignore him for now.
Apr 24 - 4:11 PM

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PG1Isaiah Thomas
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SG1Avery Bradley
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SF1Jae Crowder
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PF1Amir Johnson
2Jonas Jerebko
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4Ben Bentil
C1Al Horford
2Kelly Olynyk
3Tyler Zeller