Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
27-Year-Old CenterC
Miami Heat
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After spending the first four years of his career in Boston, Olynyk debuted as a member of the Heat last season, starting in 22 of his 76 appearances. He continued his efficient shooting, hitting 49.7 percent of his looks from the field, 77.0 percent from the charity stripe, and drilling 1.4 threes per game at 37.9 percent. He also posted career highs in points (11.5), rebounds (5.7) and assists (2.7) per contest. Olynyk’s less-than-ideal workload (23.4 minutes) subdues his Fantasy relevance, but his all-around play is good enough to keep him in top-100 contention. It’s important to keep in mind that he steps up when given expanded opportunities, however. In 14 games last season that he saw between 30-36 minutes, the big man averaged 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and a combined 2.1 steals/blocks while shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 79.6 percent from the stripe and 41.1 percent from deep. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Heat in July of 2017.
Another strong effort Friday
CMiami Heat
December 14, 2018
Olynyk compiled 18 points (5-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 26 minutes during Friday's 100-97 victory over the Grizzlies.
Olynyk continued his strong play Friday, leading the Heat with 18 points including four triples. The return of Hassan Whiteside had little impact on Olynyk who scored in double-figures for the eighth consecutive game. His playing time has been consistent and it is time to grab him in standard formats if he is available.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
Entering his fourth NBA season, Olynyk will look to solidify himself as a starting-caliber big man on what should be a strong Celtics team. After coming off the bench for 61 of 69 games last season, Olynyk is a candidate to start at power forward his season alongside high-profile free agent addition Al Horford. The pair will form one of the better shooting frontcourts in the Eastern Conference. Horford dramatically improved as an outside shooter in 2015-16, while Olynyk hit nearly 41 percent of his three-pointers on a career-high 3.0 attempts per game. The majority of Olynyk's minutes came at the center spot last season, so he'll have to adjust to defending quicker power forwards, while fending off competition for minutes from the likes of Tyler Zeller, Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko. The Celtics will deploy one of the NBA's deepest rotations, so even if Olynyk flourishes, it's unlikely that he tops 25 minutes per game, hindering what would otherwise be decent fantasy production in the three-point and rebounding categories. The question is whether Olynyk will be ready to begin the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery in May. Olynyk was originally given a five-month recovery timetable, but reports heading into training camp suggest he might be progressing quicker than anticipated. It's unclear whether he'll ultimately miss any regular season contests, but if he does, it shouldn't be more than a handful of games before Olynyk is back up to speed.
The breakout season some predicted for Olynyk in 2014-15 unfortunately did not occur, as the Canadian had a shaky sophomore season. On the positive side of things, he saw improvement in minutes (20 to 22), points (8.7 to 10.3), three-pointers (0.6 to 1.0), and steals (0.5 to 1.0), as well as a slight one-point improvement in field goal shooting to 48 percent. But he regressed in other areas. His rebounds decreased to 4.7 per game, and his free throw percentage dropped 17 points to 68 percent. Olynyk also missed over a month of action due to a severe right ankle sprain. But the most glaring issue was Olynyk's tendency to become a non-factor in many games. Last year, The Clynyk had 22 games where he scored five points or fewer, including three poor efforts in the playoffs versus Cleveland. GM Danny Ainge realized the Celtics needed frontcourt help, acquiring David Lee and Amir Johnson in the off-season. Both veterans will probably take minutes from Olynyk, even with the departure of Brandon Bass. For Olynyk's third season, he's probably once again looking at a bench role with limited opportunities to develop his game. That could all change though if GM Danny Ainge makes a big trade deadline deal, as many expect. Until then, Olynyk's opportunities for growth seem limited.
Olynyk generated buzz entering his rookie season after wowing the onlookers at the 2013 Orlando Summer League, but summer-league performances are not a guarantee of future performance. The 7-foot power forward went on to have an up-and-down season, which included an early-season ankle injury. In 70 games, he averaged 8.7 points on 47-percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 20 minutes per game last season. Olynyk hinted at the polished offensive game that was his reputation coming out of Gonzaga, but he's a work-in-progress defensively. Forced to see a lot of action at center, NBA bigs attacked him in the post, and he was susceptible in pick-and-roll defense. That's largely due to his conditioning, something Olynyk has been working on between years one and two in the Association. Auguring well for the big man is the improvement he showed over the second half of the season that culminated in an impressive three-game stretch (25.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.7 apg) to finish the season. He'll get the minutes he needs to develop, expanding offensively and improving defensively, but the addition of Tyler Zeller will limit the available minutes at center. And there's a crowd at the four, along with Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger. That's a problem coach Brad Stevens will need to address, but Olynyk is in line for an increased role this season.
A case can be made that Olynyk deserved MVP honors from the Orlando Summer League. While the sample size was small, he impressed fans with 18.0 points, 7,8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 58 percent from the field. He even hit three 3-pointers. Olynyk is a legit 7-footer but prefers a face-up offensive approach and lacks the bulk to guard true centers. He'll get most of his minutes at the power forward spot. "The Klynyk" (we'll see if that nickname takes off) is a big part of Boston's rebuilding plans.
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Plays well in blowout loss
CMiami Heat
December 13, 2018
Olynyk finished with 14 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 111-84 loss to Utah.
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Strong off bench in loss
CMiami Heat
December 11, 2018
Olynyk amassed 15 points (6-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 24 minutes in the Heat's 108-105 loss to the Lakers on Monday.
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Double-doubles in Saturday's win
CMiami Heat
December 9, 2018
Olynyk tallied 15 points (2-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 9-11 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes during Saturday's 121-98 victory over the Clippers.
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Scores 16 points Sunday
CMiami Heat
December 2, 2018
Olynyk totaled 16 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 29 minutes during Sunday's 102-100 victory over Utah.
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Fails to crack rotation
CMiami Heat
November 21, 2018
Olynyk (coach's decision) didn't leave the bench in Tuesday's 104-92 loss to the Nets.
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