Jan 28, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) attempts a shot over New York Knicks power forward Jeremy Tyler (4) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The New York Knicks won the game 114-88. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics 2014 NBA Report Card: Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk

PPG: 8.7

RPG: 5.2

Moment of the Year: On New Year’s Eve, we saw what he was capable of when he went for 21 points aganst the Atlanta Hawks.

When Kelly Olynyk was selected by the Boston Celtics in last year’s draft, fans were cautiously optimistic. We were all aware of his goofy look and his just as awkward game, and whether or not it would translate at this level was unclear.

After some trouble defensively, Olynyk started to earn more minutes by staying out of trouble. That is when he showed us that his offensive style is great for the NBA! His ability to stretch the defense with his shooting, coupled with his willingness to run the break with the guards will allow Olynyk to have a spot in this league until his legs go on him.

For most of the year he was a wreck on defense. He isn’t athletic enough to block many guys, and he was still picking up defensive rotations at an alarmingly slow rate. By the end of the year, Olynyk made some progress learning to play defense below the rim, or as I like to call it, “Big Baby Style.” If he can continue to do that, while also gain some strength to bang with guys in the paint, theres no reason Olynyk can’t be the Celts sixth man for the next few years.

Grade: B

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