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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rapid Reaction: C's move up to get Olynyk

By Chris Forsberg



BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics shuffled up to No. 13 to grab Gonzaga 7-footer Kelly Olynyk after a trade with the Dallas Mavericks. Boston sent its No. 16 pick and two future second-round draft picks to the Mavericks to move up.

Olynyk averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over 26.4 minutes per game during his junior season at Gonzaga. But it's his advanced metrics that really raised eyebrows. According to Synergy Sports data, Olynyk averaged 1.131 points per play, ranking in the 95th percentile among all Division 1 players. A whopping 21.6 percent of his plays came in the post and he averaged 1.067 points per play (93rd percentile). For a Boston team that craves size and scoring ability, Olynyk appears to fit a need (regardless of how the roster looks next season). His 36.57 Player Efficiency Rating (PER) led the nation this past season.

It's on the defensive end where he'll need a Celtics immersion. Olynyk allowed 0.818 points per play and ranked merely in the 54th percentile. Opponents took advantage of his lack of strength in the post, and he needs to be a better rebounder.

The Celtics selected Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira for the Mavericks, who were expected to send him on to Atlanta in a separate trade.

The ESPN Insider breakdown on Olynyk's strengths and weaknesses:
Positives
* Big man with versatile game
* Can score with his back to the basket
* Solid perimeter game with 3-point range
* Very efficient scorer
* Good motor, especially on the offensive end

Negatives
* Needs to add strength/toughness
* Mediocre rebounder/shot-blocker
* Can be turnover prone

For more on Olynyk, hop HERE to check out his full job interview/scouting report on Grantland.