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Kelly Olynyk | Center | #41

Team: Boston Celtics
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 scored seven points in the starting lineup on Thursday, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.
The Cavs were able to get Olynyk switched on LeBron James quite a bit in this game, and you can imagine how that turned out. Olynyk's epic Game 7 against the Wizards was a career highlight, but he didn't fare well in this series on the defensive end. May 25 - 10:58 PM

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Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk will start against the Cavs on Thursday.

Olynyk had a strong run in the two Cleveland games, averaging 15.0 points in 24.5 minutes. He should get a similar amount of minutes even if Amir Johnson is in the rotation.
May 25 - 6:42 PM

Kelly Olynyk started Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday and scored 15 points in 26 minutes.

He started in place of Amir Johnson (shoulder) and finished 7-of-14 from the field with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks, but he missed both of his 3-point attempts. Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice scoring punch in the first unit, but he was also exposed on the defensive end several times. Coach Brad Stevens has been indecisive with his starting lineups during the playoffs, so it's anybody's guess as to what he will do in Game 5 with Boston's season on the line.
May 24 - 12:11 AM

Kelly Olynyk will start Game 4 vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

With Amir Johnson (shoulder) out, Olynyk should see a slight bump in minutes tonight in addition to Jonas Jerebko. After being held to a combined two points in Games 1 and 2, Olynyk gave the Celtics a nice spark in Game 3 with 15 points in 23 minutes. Boston needs offense and floor spacing with Isaiah Thomas (hip) out, so Olynyk should be heavily involved unless he starts out cold from the field.
May 23 - 7:05 PM

Kelly Olynyk started the second half of the Celtics' Game 1 loss on Wednesday, finishing with two points, three rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes.

Olynyk replaced Amir Johnson after halftime but it didn't have a big impact at either end of the court, mainly because Olynyk missed his shots. The 26-year-old big man had a phenomenal Game 7 vs. the Wizards, and he could make an impact in this series, but the early returns aren't encouraging.
May 17 - 11:54 PM

Kelly Olynyk dropped a playoff career-high 26 points in Monday's 115-105 Game 7 over the Wizards.

Channeling his inner Larry Bird, Olynyk scored 14 points alone in the fourth quarter and outscored Washington's bench 26-5. He shot 10-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, adding five rebounds, four assists and two triples in 28 minutes. Washington's small-ball lineup had no answer for Olynyk defensively and he became the first player in more than 30 years to score 25+ points and grab five boards off the bench in a Game 7. Boston will be hoping that he can build off this momentum because he was held to single-digit points in four of his previous five games.
May 15 - 11:00 PM

Kelly Olynyk finished Wednesday's Game 5 victory with a playoff career-high 14 points on 5-of-9 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs, adding five rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 20 minutes.

The Celtics bench was critical tonight, especially with the starting unit going cold throughout the first half. Olynyk made his jumpers, played strong defense, set picks, and basically did everything required of him on both ends. He earned his minutes tonight. It's worth noting that Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller and Jaylen Brown all picked up DNP-CDs -- considering the Celtics won the game, 108-97, it seems unlikely that we'll see them in Game 6 on Friday.
Apr 26 - 11:37 PM

Kelly Olynyk made all four of his shot attempts on Sunday, including one 3-pointer, finishing with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes off the bench.

In the first half, the Celtics' offense attempted 22 triples, 10 shots at the rim, and just three mid-range jumpers. They finished the game a mere 10-of-37 from deep (27.0 percent), yet they still won by nine points. Olynyk is often an 'X-factor' with the second unit, especially if he's hitting his 3-pointers, but he's hard to trust for DFS from night to night.
Apr 23 - 9:32 PM

Kelly Olynyk scored five points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

His minutes took a sizable hit after he played 23.5 minutes per game in the first two games of this series. Olynyk was the 10th player to check in for the Celtics, so coach Brad Stevens made plenty of tweaks to his rotation. His role is a little unclear for Game 4.
Apr 21 - 9:49 PM

Kelly Olynyk shot 3-of-8 from the field for seven points on Sunday, but he also notched four rebounds, three assists, three blocks, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

The Celtics are a much tougher team when Olynyk is scoring the ball with the second unit, but tonight the bench combined to shoot 8-of-22 from the field (36.4 percent). Perhaps more than anything, they'll need Olynyk to use his size to battle the Bulls on the glass -- Chicago won the rebound battle 53-36 tonight.
Apr 16 - 9:47 PM

Kelly Olynyk returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Nets, but he was still productive with 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and one triple.

He shot 4-of-9 from the field, but the problem for fantasy owners is that he only played 15 minutes. Olynyk is capable of posting some nice lines, but his role is too volatile to trust him in standard leagues while Boston is healthy.
Apr 10 - 10:04 PM

Kelly Olynyk will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Nets.

Amir Johnson (illness) is returning from a one-game stint on the sidelines tonight, so Olynyk will likely see his minutes in the lower-20s. Olynyk is too inconsistent to trust in standard leagues.
Apr 10 - 6:11 PM

Kelly Olynyk made a start for Amir Johnson (illness) on Saturday against the Hornets, scoring 13 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and one block in 28 minutes.

That'll work. Olynyk wasn't very aggressive on offense, but he had plenty of great looks thanks to his teammates. Amir Johnson is not likely to miss much time, so there's little reason to add Olynyk. We've seen him turn in plenty of random good games all the time.
Apr 8 - 9:08 PM

Kelly Olynyk will start for Amir Johnson (illness) against the Hornets on Saturday.

Coach Brad Stevens usually loves Olynyk in the second unit to pair him with Jonas Jerebko, but he'll slide him into the first unit today. It's never easy to trust Stevens' frontcourt rotation when Al Horford is out there and you can bet Jae Crowder will play a ton of four, but Olynyk is worth a look in fantasy leagues for his high ceiling.
Apr 8 - 4:35 PM

Kelly Olynyk scored 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

This was a nice bounce-back performance following Friday's scoreless, 11-minute stinker, but as we've seen time and again this season, Olynyk could very well go back to being a complete non-factor his next time out. Olynyk's inconsistency makes him far too volatile of an asset to depend on in most settings.
Mar 12 - 6:54 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Isaiah Thomas
2Marcus Smart
SG1Avery Bradley
2Terry Rozier
3Gerald Green
4Kadeem Allen
5Jabari Bird
SF1Jae Crowder
2Jaylen Brown
3Jayson Tatum
4James Young
PF1Amir Johnson
2Jonas Jerebko
3Jordan Mickey
C1Al Horford
2Kelly Olynyk
3Tyler Zeller