Kelly Olynyk Rumors

All NBA Players

#9
Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
Position: C
Born: 04/19/91
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:238 lbs. / 108 kg.
Salary: $10,607,169
“I hope I have some of these tough decisions now, where we have great options and guys that can produce, guys that are comfortable. That’s the way it should be,” Spoelstra said after Bam Adebayo (2 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists in 10 minutes, 42 seconds in the fourth quarter Tuesday) and Kelly Olynyk (2 points, 4 rebounds in 6 minutes, 25 seconds in the fourth quarter) more than held their own in the final period Tuesday. “To do what we want to do, it should be very competitive for minutes, and guys shouldn’t just be gifted minutes, but expected to produce,” Erik Spoelstra continued perhaps tossing a hint at Hassan Whiteside and others. “I think it’ll all work out, because of the skill set. I just need to figure out what the best fits are for each guy. Right now, I think it’s easy to see that Bam and K.O. is really a fun dynamic. They play well off each other. Guys like playing with those two guys. Their skill sets complement each other. So we’ll be able to build on the other ones, as well.”
The fact Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo have been a productive combination together in the frontcourt surprises none of their teammates. “You can tell they’ve had a lot of reps together now,” Wayne Ellington said. “They’re starting to get used to each other. They both can pass the ball extremely well. It’s fun for guards to play with those guys. They’re always looking to set the screen. Bam can get to the rim and K.O. opens things up with his three-point ability. It’s tough for teams to guard those guys when they’re in there together.”
An aggressive Kelly Olynyk is an effective Kelly Olynyk, according to the Heat. Olynyk attempted a season-high 15 shots — including a season-high eight 3-pointers — Wednesday on his way to a career-high 32-point performance in a win over his former team, the Boston Celtics. Considering Olynyk is averaging just 6.9 shot attempts per game this season and 7.5 shot attempts in his NBA career, Wednesday’s stat line seems like an outlier. But the Heat hope it’s the start of a trend, even if it doesn’t result in 30-point performances every time. “Especially the way teams are defending now, especially in pick-and-roll,” point guard Goran Dragic said when asked how important it is for Olynyk to stay aggressive on offense. “They start blitzing. If Kelly pops, nobody is there. We don’t want him to pump fake or put the ball on the floor. We just want him to shoot. He’s an excellent shooter. He did it tonight. We want him to shoot close to six, seven threes a game. That helps a lot because it opens the floor and brings that other guy out. It’s easier to create.”
Dion Waiters has been pushing the skilled 7-footer [Kelly Olynyk] to shoot more, too. “Look what happens when you shoot the ball. I wish I had the luxury of coach telling me to shoot,” Waiters joked. “That’s what happens. We’ve been telling him all year, shoot the ball, shoot the ball. He picked a great night to let that thing fly. I yell at him all the time because me and him are mostly in the pick-and-roll and I tell him it opens up the game for me. If you shoot, you make two, you miss two, you keep shooting no matter what, especially if they’re going to give it to you. Not too many bigs want to go out there and zone and then run back out there to the 3-point line. Not too many guys want to do that.”