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Rookie Olynyk Having Promising Start in Summer League


(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

ORLANDO (WGGB) — Some good news for Celtics fans, as their newest addition is off to a promising start. Boston’s rookie and first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk scored 21 points, with nine rebounds and four assists in the Celtics’ Orlando Summer League victory on Tuesday against the Pacers.

After Indiana rallied late to tie the game in the final minute, the Celtics turned to Olynyk who barely missed a hook on the blocks. Despite the miss in a meaningless game, Olynyk’s strong start is earning the trust of his teammates.

Boston traded up to get the 7-footer in last month’s draft, taking the former Gonzaga star with the 13th overall selection.

Olynyk was fifth in the voting for last year’s Wooden Award, after averaging 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game throughout Gonzaga’s 32-3 season.

The Celtics play two more games at summer league: Wednesday vs. Houston (3 p.m.) and a championship-round game on Friday to be determined by the overall standings.