|Posted by shawn cassidy on September 22, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
Olynyk could be the most anticipated rookie in sometime for the Celtics. He showed up this summer with every card on the table, and he wasn't shy about it. During this entire summer he's been a man about the people. He became a fan favorite this summer, and his cult like following seem to come overnight.Kelly wants a prominent role this season, and after his near 20 points per game in summer league. I wouldn't put it past Olynyk to have a great rookie season.
"They (the people of Boston) have really embraced me. It's a great place and I'm happy to be here."
We have braced Olynyk's cult like being, and he's been engaging and charming through the entire process. He's won most of us over with his charm, and passion for the game. But how long will it take for Kelly to build a relationship with Rondo. Will Rondo take an interest in Kelly? Does Rondo see him as a player they can build around? When you look at the fact that Olynyk doesn't seem like the type of player that wants to play in the paint. Will Kelly post up. I see a lot of Olynyk's scoring coming off pick-and-roll, and pick-and-pop's with Rondo. It hasn't been said, but I don't think Rondo has sat down with his new rookie for a cup of coffee.
When Danny drafted Kelly he didn't see him as an instant All-Star, and even a potential All-Star. He saw Olynkyk as a solid pro,who would be a great complementary player. When I always speak about the rookie from Gonzaga. I never want to put out false hope, or any notion that he's the best thing since sliced bread. Kelly has been enjoying himself, and for a young rookie who hasn't played a NBA game yet. That's all you really can ask from him right now.
I believe Danny was right by not trying to give false hopes about Olynyk, but I think he also under sold Olynyk's potential. The end game for me is the relationship on the court between Rajon and Olynyk.