Olynyk posted eight points, six rebounds, a block, a steal, two assists and one three-pointer during Boston's blowout win in Houston. Olynyk put up most of his numbers after Boston had established a big lead. And he shot a poor 3-for-11 from the field. He is still behind Jared Sullinger, Amir Johnson and David Lee in the Boston big-man pecking order.
Olynyk went for 19 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, and one block in 27 minutes during the Celtics' 118-98 win versus the Wizards on Friday. Olynyk offered up his best performance of the season on Friday, scoring efficiently while contributing in every category. The Celtics' front-court rotation is crowded, and it will be difficult for Olynyk to earn substantial minutes unless the team makes a trade or he starts performing like this on a more regular basis.
Olynyk, through three matches, is averaging only 13 minutes of playing time per game. After averaging 22 minutes per game last season, the burly Canadian has seen his minutes decline as new Celtics Amir Johnson and David Lee receive significant playing time. Olynyk has not done much while on the floor. He's shooting only 22 percent with a scoring efficiency rating of only 0.61, half the rating he produced last season. Coach Brand Stevens moved Lee and Tyler Zeller to the bench on Wednesday, opting to start Johnson and Jared Sullinger. That left Olynyk once again coming off the bench and only receiving 11 minutes of playing time. Olynyk is only valuable in very deep fantasy contests.
Olynyk (suspension) will sit out Wednesday's season opener against the 76ers. It's just a one-game ban for Olynyk, who earned the suspension after he recklessly battled the Cavaliers' Kevin Love for a loose ball in Game 4 of the Celtics' first-round playoff series loss, which resulted in a dislocated elbow for Love. Olynyk is slated to come off the bench this season, but looks to be included in a four-man frontcourt rotation that also features Tyler Zeller, David Lee, and Amir Johnson. In Olynyk's absence, the slimmed-down Jared Sullinger could absorb more minutes than usual off the bench.
Celtics center Kelly Olynyk has come off the bench in both of the Celtics' exhibitions in Europe, scoring 11 points (5-for-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and grabbing seven rebounds in that span. Though coach Brad Stevens hasn't confirmed as much, it seems the Celtics are prepared to enter the season with a starting frontcourt of David Lee and Tyler Zeller, with Olynyk, Jared Sullinger, Jonas Jerebko, and Amir Johnson left to contend for minutes off the bench. Neither Lee nor Zeller are overwhelming superior options to those bench players, so expect Stevens to utilize a rather deep rotation of big men, at least initially. As a result, Olynyk could still come close to seeing the 22.3 minutes per game he averaged in 2014-15.
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