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Canadian Kelly Olynyk reverting to college form, what position should he play?


As a Bulldog, Kelly Olynyk possessed solid enough offensive stats to force Celtic's GM Danny Ainge to spend a 2nd round pick in order move up and get him.

Gonzaga (2012/13) -

FG% - 66.8

3PT% - 37.5

FT% - 78.3

As his choppy rookie season has progressed, Olynyk has regained his shooting form.

As a Celtic since Feb 24 (17 games) -

FG% - 54.2

3PT% - 43.8

FT% - 79.5

Despite rookie cold streaks, Olynyk has stopped passing out of open looks and begun to string together solid offensive performances against NBA competition. Yes, the NBA game has begun to "slow down" for Olynyk, but, more importantly, he has gone back to utilizing the classic shooting form that caused so much excitement during NBA summer league.

Olynyk does not possess the body to be effective underneath on defense. I insist this conclusion is not based on high tech statistical analysis. It is from watching the opposition attack him on defense. This brings up the debate that has raged since Olynyk's arrival...he isn't a center and he is out muscled by the majority of NBA power forwards, is Kelly Olynyk a three?

He is too slow to match up with NBA wingers begging the question, just what is he?

I suggest, he is a three who will come off the bench and commit to perimeter shooting late in games with Sully and a legit NBA center completing the front court. There have been stranger line ups throughout NBA history

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