Well, it’s gotta start somewhere.
The Boston Celtics are clearly headed for rebuilding mode, willing to part with the two remaining amigos of their fabled Big Three in exchange for spare parts and future draft picks – the reported compensation package in exchange for an aging Paul Pierce and already aged Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry a Kings Ransom.
It hasn’t happened yet, though reports coming from folks close to the action say that the talks have reached “ownership levels” – which means it’s just a matter of the boss signing off on the multi-level deal – and the Celtics have business to tend to this evening trying to decide who is going to become the first building block via the 2013 NBA Draft.
Say hello to Kelly Olynyk.
From the same school that produced one of the greatest point guards ever to play the game in John Stockton comes a former high school point guard, who continued to play the point even though he was growing like the proverbial weed into the size of a forward.
In his junior year at South Kamloops Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Olynyk sprouted from 6′ 3″ to 6′ 10″, his insistence of remaining at point guard and honing his ball handling skills helping him to become a well rounded prospect that has the ball handling skill and vision of a point guard and the bigs, hops and determination of a combination power forward/Center.
The Celtics traded the No. 16 pick and two future second-round selections to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the Gonzaga center, whom they had selected with the 13th overall pick. The 22 year old earned academic all American honors in 2012, earning his bachelor’s degree in Accounting in three years and is currently in the Masters program at Gonzaga, studying for his degree in Business Administration.
No dummy, Olynyk recognized that his game was ready to turn professional, so he surrendered his final year of eligibility at the school to make himself available for the NBA draft, now bringing his enormous talent and potential to a team that is about to lose a whole bunch of it to the Brooklyn Nets…
…should that trade be consummated, the Celtics will gain more than enough future draft picks from the Nets to offset the two that they surrendered to the Mavericks for Olynyk.