Mar 20, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kelly Olynyk (middle) answers a question as guard Kevin Pangos (left) and forward Elias Harris (right) look on during the press conference the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Olynyk and Celtics Finish out Orlando Summer League


 

Apr 2, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards guard Andre Miller (24) in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 118-92 and qualified for the NBA playoffs for the first time in seven seasons. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Olynyk and the Boston Celtics fell to the Indiana Pacers on the final day of the Orlando Summer League by a score of 95-86. The Celtics finished up the Orlando Summer League with a record of 3-2, and total points – 12 for Boston’s three wins, and nine for outscoring its opponent in nine out of the 20 quarters the team played in.

In particular, Olynyk was solid once again today, scoring 19 points and pulling down six rebounds in the loss. Shooting percentage wise, Olynyk was not as efficient as many expected. Olynyk shot 36.8 percent from the field (7 of 19) and only 25 percent (2 of 8) from behind the arc. The former Gonzaga star led the Celtics in minutes played today with 30:45.

Olynyk put up good scoring numbers throughout the summer league, scoring 17.5 points per game, but his lack of efficiency raised concerns about his overall performance. Olynyk shot only 40.0 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from 3-point range, concerning percentages. His rebounding and assist numbers went slightly down as well (rebounds from 7.7 in 2013 to 7.3 in 2014 and assists from 2.4 in 2013 to 2.0 in 2014).

Although his numbers were a little underwhelming, especially for a first round draft pick, it is more likely that Olynyk just had an off-week and nothing more. He showed great improvements at the end of the 2013 season, and he will take on a bigger role with the Celtics if he continues to get better.

Seven former WCC players will be in action tonight at the Las Vegas Summer League as well. Sam Dower and the Toronto Raptors take on Anthony Ireland and the Los Angeles Lakers at 3 p.m PST. Matthew Dellavedova and the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Milwaukee Bucks at 5 p.m. PST and former Saint Mary’s floor general Mickey McConnell and the Charlotte Hornets take on the Golden State Warriors at 5:30 p.m. PST. Brendan Lane (Kings) and Austin Daye (Spurs) go-to-toe with eachother when San Antonio and Sacramento play at 7 p.m. PST. Matt Bouldin will play with the D-League Select at 7:30 p.m. PST against the New Orleans Pelicans in the night cap.

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