Confession: I wasn't all that excited about the Celtics draft choice of Kelly Olynyk on draft night. For one thing I was a little distracted by the rumors of a huge era-ending trade happening. But the hype leading up to the draft had me lukewarm on Kelly due to his defense and lack of athleticism.
A lot of that changed in Summer League, which may be putting too much stock into a meaningless set of organized scrimmages, but how could you blame me? The kid looked polished and professional out there. He had the skill set that translates to the NBA and I can't wait to see him up against NBA vets this year.
Anyway, here are the CelticsBlog responses.
Kevin O'Connor, CelticsBlog (All-Rookie)
Not every player is fortunate enough to receive 30 minutes per game during their rookie year, but there is a good chance Kelly Olynyk gets that much time on the court. Olynyk will likely struggle defensively, but will receive countless opportunities to excel with the ball in his hands. With a veteran-like presence on the post and a developing 3-point shot, Olynyk brings one of the most developed offensive skill sets to the NBA from the 2013 draft class. The product from Gonzaga is an easy candidate for the All-Rookie team, and is a potential contender Rookie of the Year.
Jeff Clark, Celtics Blog (All-Rookie):
He was one of the top rookies at Summer League and he's got the kind of polished offensive game to make an immediate impact in the NBA. He also happens to be in a weak draft class that features a lot of long-term projects in the lottery.
Bill Sy, CelticsBlog (All-Rookie):
The 2013 NBA Draft was littered with lottery wing players and there will be a logjam at 1, 2, and 3 for the All-Rookie team. However, there are few bigs to contend with at power forward and center. Both Alex Len and Nerlens Noel are coming off major surgery and Steven Adams is a 20-year-old rookie on a championship team. Of the other players picked ahead of Olynyk, only Cody Zeller projects as a starter for their respective teams. Every member of last year's All-Rookie team averaged 25+ minutes per game and I expect that and more from Olynyk next season. Chad Ford ranked him 6th as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate for a reason. He was the best player in the Orlando Summer League, beating guys bigger and faster than him with an array of skills with his back to the basket and beyond the 3-point line. Like any rookie, he'll hit a rough patch then a wall, but Olynyk has a diverse enough skill set where if something's not working, he'll find another way to contribute.
Your turn. What kind of impact do you think he'll have?