The Boston Celtics have traded up, securing Dallas’ 13th pick to select Kelly Olynyk, a 7-foot center from Gonzaga, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Celtics send Dallas the 16th overall pick and two future second-rounders, league sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
Olynyk averaged 18.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his junior season at Gonzaga. The 7-footer played sparingly in his freshman and sophomore seasons before spending a year as a redshirt to work on his skills.
The time developing his skills and strength worked out, as Olynyk came back and became a consensus First Team All-American. Olynyk isn’t a great athlete, in terms of jumping and quickness, but he has fantastic ball-handling ability and is a sweet shooting big man.
Olynyk is not your typical rim-protecting center, who defends in the post and blocks shot. He is somewhat limited by a below-average wingspan (6-foot-9.5) defensively, but he rotates well and works on both ends of the floor. Offensively, he is by far the most developed of any big man in the draft. He has a complete offensive game: shooting, passing, post-ups.
The Celtics will give away two 2014 second-round picks, one of which came from the JaJuan Johnson trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Ainge must have felt Olynyk wouldn’t have fallen all the way to 16, so he was aggressive in moving up to secure the guy he wanted.
Olynyk worked out for the Celtics at their practice facility in Waltham in a pre-draft workout.
For more on Olynyk, check out his DraftExpress profile page.