It’s the All-Star Break and I’ve been pretty ho-hum about my Boston Celtics this season outside of sprinkling a few thoughts in posts here and there.
That said, I’ve never liked Kelly Olynyk. From his final year at Gonzaga when he was garnering hype, I haven’t been a fan and was despondent as hell when the Celtics picked him up. He has that goofy, lanky playing style that never gels in the NBA unless that goofy, lanky player with the said style is an outright hustler on the court, willing to get into some Marvin Hagler-esque, dirty dude scraps. Olynyk really isn’t that kind of guy.
The Celtics have been pretty damn competitive over the last month, and I reckon there is a correlation nobody wants to concede — The C’s “turning point”, so to speak, this season coincided with the injury to Olynyk. I still want the team to tank for a lottery pick, because, well, being “average” or “middle of the pack” in the NBA — like I always say — is a waste of fucking time. It’s better to be great or god awful in the Association.
Anywho, Olynyk undoubtedly has offensive skills. He’s just not pro basketball material. The guy can’t play defense, and he has zero presence in the paint. His improvements are so minuscully incremental and he commits far too many fouls for what he’s worth. The team loses ground every time he’s on the court. It’s blatantly obvious that his teammates don’t trust him on the court (if you are watching the games).
Over a year in and there’s no evidence he has learned to play in the Association. He should be barred from taking ANY 3-point shots unless and until he can show this team he’s at their level of defense, intensity and its overall learning curve. In short, Olynyk should be traded. He does not belong on the Celtics.
I see people saying, “Celtics fans, you deserve to see this team be competitive!” Well, yeah, I agree, we do, but a first round exit and continued mediocrity isn’t what I want to see.