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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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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. Jul 6 - 12:07 PM

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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

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is "questionable at best" for Sunday with no new update.

In other words, he's doubtful to play. The Celtics tightened up their rotation with Jonas Jerebko really stepping up, posting a double-double in 37 minutes. Jerebko and Amir Johnson have gained enough trust and playing time to be factors in DFS.
Apr 23 - 3:24 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

That means Tyler Zeller will be in the rotation again tonight. Jonas Jerebko is also a very appealing guy in the starting lineup. There is also a lot of pressure on Amir Johnson and Jared Sullinger at the five spot.
Apr 22 - 8:03 PM

Kelly Olynyk (right shoulder) did not go through practice on Thursday, and head coach Brad Stevens said that he'll be "questionable probably at best" for Friday's Game 3 vs. Atlanta.

"Obviously, [Olynyk's potential absence] would affect it from the standpoint of rotations because I do think Kelly's strength is something we need," Stevens said before Thursday's practice. "So, we're going to have to find that from other sources, obviously." It doesn't sound like Olynyk will be ready for Friday's game, which will translate to more minutes for Evan Turner, Tyler Zeller and Jonas Jerebko.
Apr 21 - 2:42 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) is questionable for Game 3 against the Hawks on Friday.

He was disappointed he couldn't play in Game 2 and was ruled out about 90 minutes before tip on Tuesday. Not even going through warmups is slightly discouraging for his chances, but two full days off makes a big difference. If he can't go, it'll be basically be Tyler Zeller stepping up with Jonas Jerebko becoming more important for spacing.
Apr 20 - 3:13 PM

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) has been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 2 vs. Atlanta.

Olynyk only logged 12 minutes off the bench during Game 1, and those minutes will likely be divvied up between Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller for Game 2. There's not a clear-cut winner here in terms of fantasy hoops, but Sullinger is the guy with the most upside. Brad Stevens said that Olynyk has been playing through "a good deal of pain" since the All-Star break, and while surgery has not been discussed, he could certainly be looking at a multi-game absence here.

Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Hawks.

Olynyk is dealing with a tweak of an injury from earlier in the season and will be a game-time decision according to head coach Brad Stevens. We'll keep an eye on his status prior to tipoff, but the Celtics will likely use a committee approach if Olynyk is held out.
Apr 19 - 12:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Isaiah Thomas
2Marcus Smart
3Terry Rozier
4Demetrius Jackson
SG1Avery Bradley
2R.J. Hunter
SF1Jae Crowder
2Jaylen Brown
3James Young
PF1Amir Johnson
2Jonas Jerebko
3Jordan Mickey
C1Al Horford
2Kelly Olynyk
3Tyler Zeller