Who Is Kelly Olynyk? 5 Things To Know About The Boston Celtics Star – Hollywood Life

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Kelly Olynyk was the breakout star of the Boston Celtics during the playoff game against the Washington Wizards, giving the Celtics a double-digit lead by scoring 14 points! Find out more about the Game 7 legend!
1) Kelly Olynyk was born in Canada and stayed there to played basketball through high school
Kelly, 26, was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up there before moving to Kamloops, British Columbia when he was in seventh grade. Interestingly, Kelly played with fellow future NBA star Cory Joseph on the competitive Scarborough Blues club team in the 1990s and 2000s. The team’s rival Toronto, starred another future NBA player — Steph Curry — and Kelly frequently played against him. He stayed in Canada to go to high school instead of going to a prep school or boarding school in the United States and was recognized by US college coaches when he played on provincial teams and on the Canadian junior national team. He played in the position of point guard, even though he was extremely tall for the position, growing from 6’3 to 6’10 in 11th grade.
2) Kelly was recruited heavily by a number of US colleges, but chose to attend Gonzaga so he would be closer to home
Kelly was recruited by Syracuse, Providence and North Carolina State, but chose Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington so he was closer to his home in British Columbia, attending in 2009. He mostly sat on the bench his freshman and sophomore year, playing only a few minutes per game. In order to get stronger, he decided to red shirt his junior year, which meant he would only practice with the team and not play. When Kelly returned to the team’s line-up for the 2012-13 season, he was an all-star for the team and widely recognized for his play. The next year, he was eligible for the NBA and chose to forgo his senior year of eligibility and enter the draft.
3) Before the Boston Celtics , Kelly was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks
Kelly was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks as the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. However, he was traded immediately to the Boston Celtics for Lucas Nogueira and two future second round picks. He officially signed his rookie contract with the Celtics on July 7, 2013.
4) Basketball is an Olynyk family sport
The basketball gene (and height) definitely runs in the Olynyk family! Kelly’s father, Ken Olynyk , was the head men’s basketball coach at University of Toronto from 1989 to 2002. Prior to that and simultaneously, he was the coach for the Canadian junior men’s national team from 1983 to 1996, notably cutting future basketball star Steve Nash from the team. Kelly’s mother, Arlene, was a Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s basketball referee and worked for the Toronto Raptors. Kelly’s sister Jesse played for the Saskatchewan Huskies .
5) Kelly (almost) single-handedly won Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final against the Washington Wizards on May 15, 2017
Kelly’s MVP teammate Isaiah Thomas said that legends were born in Game 7. Kelly absolutely became that legend, scoring 12 points in three and a half minutes in the fourth quarter against the Wizards. His efforts gave the Celtics a double digit lead and allowed the team to come out triumphant with a 115-105 win!
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