It was made very clear that Wyc Grousbeck, Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens and other members of the Boston Celtics organization feel that 25-year-old Kelly Olynyk is here to stay and is very important to the team's future. For a few years, Celtics fans have wondered what Olynyk's purpose truly was. Is he here to stay? Are they keeping him as trade bait? Well, after seeing Olynyk included in the group that made the trip out to the Hamptons for the Kevin Durant free agency meeting, it is evident he is in fact here to stay and is indeed thought to be important to this team's future success.
I will come right out and say it, I do not agree. Kelly Olynyk is never going to be great. I am not even sure if I'll ever be able to consider him very good. He has played three seasons in the NBA and still is yet to show me the glimmer and shine the Boston front office seems to see. What is so great about this guy? He's averaged about 9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in his first three seasons. Does that realistically sound like a core piece to any team's championship puzzle? Olynyk also struggles to stay on the court. That is a huge factor in my mind when considering a building block for a team's future. Not only does he get injured frequently, he seems to get injured at the most incredibly inconvenient times. The guy has only played 8 postseason games in his career, averaging 3 points and 1 rebound a game. This guy is not even close to a player I would even consider keeping within the core of a team when rebuilding.
Not to go off on a tangent, but why would the Celtics decide to send Kelly Olynyk on the trip to try and convince superstar Kevin Durant to come play here? In my mind, that was a terrible decision. Think about the difference between two of the New England area players that attended that meeting, Tom Brady and Kelly Olynyk...
The C's must like the fact that he is a methodical 7-foot shooter. That sounds great on paper, but if you watch one Celtics game you will see how this guy looks lost out there. Sure, he shows a flash here and there, but he is in the NBA for heaven's sake. Every NBA player should be able to show some sort of flash once and a while. Right now he is not doing enough. I am heavily against the idea of him being considered important to this team's future.
Kelly needs to either step it up or step on out. I've had just about enough of his slow jump shot release, unnecessary pump fakes, terrible decision making, and most importantly his injuries. In this point in time, I am by no means on the Kelly O train. However, if he were to all of a sudden perform some miraculous transformation, I would be thrilled. Guess we will have to wait and see...
By Evan Singleton