Kelly Olynyk

#9 C / Miami Heat / EXP: 4YRS Height: 7-0 Weight: 245 lb Age: 26 College: Gonzaga

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Kelly Olynyk, a 7-footer capable of spreading the floor, was picked up by the Heat for the 2017-18 season after the Celtics were more or less forced to let him walk after the signing of Gordon Hayward. He's shown promise though his first four years in the league and ended up averaging 9.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 20.5 minutes per game last season. While his three-point percentage has fluctuated year-by-year since entering the league, Olynyk has become a more efficient scorer overall, raising his true shooting percentage each year through better shot selection. He's capable of playing both power forward and center, though has trouble keeping up with the faster forwards in the league off the dribble, leading him to play more center. As a result, he'll likely spend the majority of his minutes backing up starting center Hassan Whiteside -- who garnered 32.6 minutes per game last season -- and fill in at power forward here and there. Due to the Heat's frontcourt makeup, it seems doubtful that Olynyk will see a massive jump in workload, but a sixth-man role doesn't seem out of the question. For that reason, Olynyk's Fantasy stock is likely on the rise.

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  • Olynyk had five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds, and one steal in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 102-93 loss to the Wizards. After scoring in double figures and seeing 20-plus minutes in five of six games in October, Olynyk has reached those marks just twice and once respectively through eight November matchups. It's likely no coincidence that starting center Hassan Whiteside was sidelined with a knee injury for five games in October, and Olynyk hasn't been sharing the floor with Whiteside much lately.

  • Olynyk scored 23 points (9-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with six rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes during Monday's 125-122 overtime loss to the Timberwolves. Olynyk finished with season highs in scoring and made field goals and matched his season high in made threes and minutes. Olynyk is yet to see 30 minutes in a contest through six matchups, but he has been an integral part of the offensive attack. While his defense is not his strength, Olynyk's ability to stretch the floor with his shooting makes him a decent frontcourt pairing next to Hassan Whiteside (knee), James Johnson, Justice Winslow, and rookie Bam Adebayo. As a result, coach Erik Spoelstra likely feels safe using Olynyk in most of his lineups.

  • Heat's Kelly Olynyk: Set for bench role again Monday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Olynyk is expected to come off the bench Monday against the Hawks with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra intimating that he'd stick with a starting frontcourt of James Johnson and Jordan Mickey for the contest, Tom D'Angelo of The Palm Beach Post reports. Olynyk started at power forward in the Heat's season opener Oct. 18 against the Magic, but after Hassan Whiteside sustained a bone bruise in his left knee during that contest, Spoelstra has since elected to shuffle his frontcourt rotation a bit. While Whiteside sat out Saturday's win over the Pacers, Olynyk shifted to the bench and acted as the top backup at center to Mickey, and nearly doubled up his former Celtics teammate in playing time. Mickey played 14 minutes Saturday, while Olynyk received 27 minutes -- six more than he played in the opener -- and finished with 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. With Whiteside sitting again Monday and perhaps at risk of missing additional contests, Olynyk could continue to come off the bench throughout the week, but his fantasy value will actually increase without another high-minute, high-usage frontcourt player in the mix.

  • Heat's Kelly Olynyk: Moving to bench Saturday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Olynyk will come off the bench Saturday against the Pacers, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports. With Hassan Whiteside out, the Heat will go with a somewhat-unconventional lineup, starting Jordan Mickey at center with James Johnson at power forward. Olynyk, who got the start in Wednesday's season-opener, will move to the bench, but he should still be in line given the absence of Whiteside, who played 36 minutes Wednesday.

  • Olynyk will get the start at power forward for Wednesday's season opener against the Magic, Tom D'Angelo of the Palm Beach Post reports. While there was speculation that Olynyk would come off the bench to begin the year, James Johnson is the one coming off the pine. That said, coach Erik Spoelstra has a history of having a fluid starting five, so Olynyk's role certainly is not set in stone.

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