Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk is headed to the Boston Celtics, as they nabbed the seven-footer with the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Boston acquired the 13th pick from the Dallas Mavericks for No. 16 and two future second-round draft picks.
Olynyk wasn't generally expected to be a lottery pick -- he wasn't at the draft -- but definitely seemed like he'd be in the top 25. The Celtics clearly wanted him enough to trade up, although Dallas had been making it clear the pick was up for grabs for some time.
After two mostly quiet years in Spokane, Olynyk decided to redshirt before his junior year, an uncommon decision spurred by the Bulldogs' frontcourt depth. After doing that, he burst onto the scene his junior season in 2012-13, leading Gonzaga to a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Olynyk averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 62.9 percent from the field, earning himself consensus first-team All-American honors. Olynyk played well in the tournament, but it was not enough for the Bulldogs to avoid a third-round upset at the hands of Wichita State.
Olynyk is arguably the most skilled big man in the entire draft, boasting an impressive offensive repertoire to go along with a slick handle. However, he's a limited athlete and has a short wingspan for his height, which could lead to problems against the longer, more athletic bigs in the NBA.
It's tough to really gauge what the Celtics intend to do with Olynyk, since their entire team is in flux right now. Doc Rivers is gone, and word in the hours running up to the draft is that the team was interested in trading Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets.
Olynyk is obviously not a straight-up replacement for Garnett, but he is a solid center with a legitimate jumper. He could make a great one-two punch with Jared Sullinger or Brandon Bass, and he'd fit in just fine in a pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop situation with Rajon Rondo.