The Boston Celtics have drafted Gonzaga big man Kelly Olynyk with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The C’s acquired the rights to the 13th pick from the Dallas Mavericks, who received the Celtics’ 16th overall pick and two 2014 second-rounders in exchange.
Olynyk, 22, is a seven-footer from Toronto, Canada who declared for the draft following his junior season at Gonzaga this year.
I don’t know much about him, but this is what SB Nation has to say about him:
Olynyk started pretty quietly in Spokane and even redshirted prior to his junior season to try and improve his game — a rare move for someone becoming a lottery pick in the next season. He busted out this past season, though, en route to leading the Bulldogs to a top seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs were eventually upset by Wichita State, but Olynyk showed throughout the season that he was worth a lottery pick.
Olynyk is one of the most offensively talented bigs in this year’s draft and, if the Cetlics do go through with the Kevin Garnett trade, it sounds as though he could be Boston’s starting center next season.
The Mavericks will get Lucas Nogueira with the 16th pick.