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ZagNative
07-03-2013, 10:30 PM
First games start in Orlando this Sunday. I think the games will be on NBA TV. Here's what i've got, from the Orlando (http://www.nba.com/magic/orlando-magic-host-southwest-airlines-orlando-pro-summer-league-schedule) and Las Vegas (http://www.nba.com/news/las-vegas-summer-league-2013-schedule/index.html) Summer League sites:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-05FG9w4jk2k/UdUWI9cPwEI/AAAAAAABgLk/ib7T_K-NGTQ/s700/2013%2520Summer%2520League.jpg

In Las Vegas, there's a series of playoff games for an eventual championship, as explained at the link above.

ZagNative
07-03-2013, 10:42 PM
Celtics Preliminary Roster:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-pvs2P5wIcus/UdUYyhHlkBI/AAAAAAABgL0/_EjIElWiO8M/s512/Celtics%2520Summer%2520League%2520Roster.jpg

Zags11
07-03-2013, 10:43 PM
THANK U.....:clap:

ZagNative
07-03-2013, 11:08 PM
Pacers Camp/Summer League Roster. I'm not clear which of the guys in the table below will be on the actual summer league team. From the Pacers website (http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/pacers-announce-2013-rookiefree-agent-camp-roster):

INDIANAPOLIS – Miles Plumlee, Orlando Johnson and Ben Hansbrough, all members of last year’s regular season roster, and No. 1 draft pick Solomon Hill highlight the Indiana Pacers’ 2013 rookie/free agent camp roster.

Camp begins Wednesday in Bankers Life Fieldhouse and continues through Saturday. The Pacers will begin play in the Orlando Summer League Sunday that runs through Friday, July 12. The team will be coached by assistant coach Dan Burke.

Plumlee, a 6-10 forward/center, was Indiana’s top pick in last year’s draft (26th overall) and played in 14 games, averaging just under one point a game. Johnson, a 6-5 guard, was a second-round pick (36th overall) acquired from Sacramento in a draft night trade. He played in 51 games, averaging four points per game. Hansbrough, a 6-3 guard, played in 28 games, averaging two points. All three were on last year’s summer league team. Hill, a 6-7 forward, is the Pacers’ No. 1 draft choice (23rd overall) from Arizona.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8yOXRKYw358/UdUcPuQxVGI/AAAAAAABgMU/NfgdxMBQD9s/s512/Pacers%2520Rpster.jpg

ZagNative
07-03-2013, 11:42 PM
I'm not finding a roster for the Lakers, maybe because I'm tired. I know Sacre and Harris are on the roster. The first game isn't until July 12, so there's lots of time to see a roster published.

Ima have me a glass of wine and then go to bed ....

RenoZag
07-04-2013, 05:10 AM
Thanks for the research & the updates, ZN.

hooter73
07-04-2013, 08:15 AM
man i hope you detectives can dig up video highlights for these games

ZaGranny
07-04-2013, 09:36 AM
Just perusing the various summer league rosters for familiar names. I noticed that Michael Stockton is with the Jazz summer league team for the second year--currently playing in Germany.

ZaGranny

Zags_Fanatic
07-04-2013, 09:43 AM
FWIW the NBA is selling a Summer League pass to watch all of the games live or on demand for 14.99. You can also download the free Summer League app for scores and highlights and you can pay the $14.99 in-app to watch full games.

FuManShoes
07-05-2013, 12:44 PM
Looks like Steven got released from the Pacers' team. Hope he gets a spot on another.

http://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/2013/7/5/4496784/indiana-pacers-2013-nba-summer-league-roster-angelo-sharpless

ZagNative
07-05-2013, 01:39 PM
Crum...

ZagNative
07-06-2013, 09:52 AM
I've set my DVR to record Kelly's first game tomorrow at 8:00 am, as the Celtics meet the Magic in Orlando, and for Noon, to hopefully catch Micah Downs as the Pacers face off against the Thunder.

This piece in CelticsBlog.com (http://www.celticsblog.com/2013/7/6/4488804/boston-celtics-summer-league-what-to-watch-for-detail-analysis-2013-stevens-rondo-melo-olynyk-nba) discusses what/who to look for in summer league:

It's time to get back to some normalcy; the Boston Celtics kick off their four-game summer slate Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Entering a transition season, this set of Summer League games will be extremely important for the players participating this coming week. Even though assistant Jay Larranga will be coaching the summer team, new head coach Brad Stevens will be in Orlando for every game, keeping a watchful eye on all the young players participating this week.

Kelly Olynyk: Transition to PF

• Three-Point Range?
• Perimeter Defense
• Rebounding

Kelly Olynyk played center with the Gonzaga Bulldogs but will look to make the transition to power forward with the Boston Celtics. Danny Ainge said that he didn't even think of Olynyk as a center when drafting him -- I agree -- I believe that Olynyk's positive attributes fit him much more at the four.

Kelly Olynyk can hit a mid-range jump shot, but he has been trying to extend his range to beyond the arc. I don't doubt that he will be able to accomplish this -- it's only a matter of when it happens. If Kelly is able to find some consistency from three-point range as early as Summer League he could carve out a role in the team's rotation from the start of the season. Look for him in both the pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop. He sets very strong screens but was mostly used on the roll with Gonzaga. I hope to see him utilized on the pop as well.

Kelly Olynyk's perimeter defense at Gonzaga was very weak. He struggles defending the pick-and-roll and doesn't have the lateral speed to stay with faster forwards. I'll be looking to see if he has made any improvements on his technique since the end of the season with Gonzaga.

Kelly Olynyk does a very good job at boxing out but had a hard time outrebounding superior athletes in college. At the power forward position, I'm curious to see if he has much more success against smaller opponents. Of course, players are even more athletic in the NBA, but he might be able to use his strength to his advantage with his new position.
In the linked article, be sure to check out the article it links where Kevin O'Connor takes an in-depth look (http://www.celticsblog.com/2013/6/28/4475646/in-depth-scouting-report-of-boston-celtics-draft-pick-kelly-olynyk-gonzaga-analysis-first-13-scoring) at Kelly.

ZagNative
07-06-2013, 03:23 PM
HoopsHype.com has posted the Orlando Summer League rosters here (http://hoopshype.com/summer_leagues.htm). However, it is not entirely accurate, as I note the Pacers list includes Steven Gray, who has been cut, according to reports.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 07:24 AM
Boston vs. Orlando on NBA TV now.

KO knocks down his first NBA three!

Oregonzagnut
07-07-2013, 07:42 AM
Boston vs. Orlando on NBA TV now.

KO knocks down his first NBA three!

Congratulations Kelly! Thanks ZN!

Are there any links to box scores that us non-NBA TV folks can follow?

Marcus
07-07-2013, 07:48 AM
Kelly has had a good start to the game, I don't thin he's missed a shot yet. Hit a variety of shots so far. The announcers have been impressed with his versatility on offense. He even got a stop on defense out on the perimeter.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 07:51 AM
I think KO has 13 points with about 6:00 left in the second. Looking outstanding.

baitcast
07-07-2013, 07:52 AM
Kelly is looking just fine! outside 3,inside 2 and a nice drive 2,WHOA two more 3,s:000tens:..........what fun! finally some fun.
Rob

Marcus
07-07-2013, 07:56 AM
He looks great, this is fun to watch. Kelly being his usual very efficient, effective self.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 07:57 AM
17 points with 3:41 in the second.

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 07:59 AM
Announcers really like him: "The Big K.O."

ZaGranny

sullyzag66
07-07-2013, 08:00 AM
17 points with 3:41 in the second.
17 points in 12 minutes played.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 08:20 AM
From twitter:
Marc D'Amico ‏@Marc_DAmico 4m

Olynyk leads game w/ 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He's also tied w/ Melo for team high in rebs w/ 4. What a great start to the week for him

Stats will be available here (http://www.nba.com/magic/summer-league-2013-scores#) after the game. Don't seem to be available live.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 08:28 AM
More from twitter:
A. Sherrod Blakely ‏@SherrodbCSN 7m

#celtics gearing up for 2nd half vs. #magic with this dude, keeping them in the game.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BOlYcXnCEAAq2zT.jpg

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 08:32 AM
Twitter:
Marc D'Amico ‏@Marc_DAmico 2m

Kelly Olynyk just picked up his fifth foul of the game. Would be fouled out in college, but not here in Orlando baby!

HenneZag
07-07-2013, 08:54 AM
One of the announcers keeps referring to Kelly as "Kyle" Olynyk. Its driving me nuts.

Oregonzagnut
07-07-2013, 09:16 AM
I simply cannot believe EH is not in an NBA summer league. He is a top 100 NCAA player for sure.

HenneZag
07-07-2013, 09:19 AM
He's not playing with the Lakers for Summer League..? I must have missed something

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 09:21 AM
Elias will be playing for the Lakers summer league team in Las Vegas ... unless you know something I don't...

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 09:32 AM
Box score not up yet.

Slipper Still Fits ‏@slipperstillfit 5m

The #Celtics lost 95-88 but Kelly Olynyk finished with a game high 25 points on 9-12 shooting from the floor. Very impressive debut.

Oregonzagnut
07-07-2013, 09:44 AM
Sorry, my bad. I tried searching for his name on that NBA TV site and did not find anything about him. But since I caused some ruckus, here is teh announcement for Harris.

http://www.krem.com/sports/Harris-Barone-make-NBA-Summer-League-Rosters--213601381.html

TheGonzagaFactor
07-07-2013, 09:52 AM
Kelly with an impressive 25 pts and 7 rebounds. Was hitting jumpers and had a nice spinning hook shot in the second half. Perfect from the line (6/6 IIRC).

Had 2 very nice assists as well and would have had 2 more if Fab Melo had any talent whatsoever. Two of the fouls on Kelly were pretty bad calls, IMO.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 10:03 AM
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5qb37XCXmgY/Udms1qEUA_I/AAAAAAABgMs/ZnrlEZd1OHk/s700/2013-07-07%2520Celtics%2520Box%2520score.jpg

Zagnificent
07-07-2013, 10:09 AM
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5qb37XCXmgY/Udms1qEUA_I/AAAAAAABgMs/ZnrlEZd1OHk/s700/2013-07-07%2520Celtics%2520Box%2520score.jpg

I was really unimpressed by the Celtics team, aside from Olynyk. Given that these guys haven't played with each other much, you can't expect too much from a team perspective. That being said, it was painfully sloppy and hard to watch. Olynyk was the only one who seemed like he was committed to letting the game come to him. He was composed, and kept his head on straight throughout the game. He'll do well in summer league as everyone else is manically trying to impress the team scouts lining the sidelines.

thespywhozaggedme
07-07-2013, 10:18 AM
The Celtics board on realgm is going crazy, calling him the next Dirk. My how two weeks can change a persons opinion. lol

http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1259479&start=450

thespywhozaggedme
07-07-2013, 10:20 AM
One of the announcers keeps referring to Kelly as "Kyle" Olynyk. Its driving me nuts.

Kyle Olnick. That was Dennis Scott, former Magic player and dreadful announcer who calls the Orlando SL games.

Oregonzagnut
07-07-2013, 10:22 AM
Kelly is outperforming Fab Melo. It is awesome to see how Kelly is patient and smart, as well as unselfish.

9-12 shooting! He needs to work on his turnovers and PF's but that comes with intensity on both ends of the court.

thespywhozaggedme
07-07-2013, 10:30 AM
Kelly is outperforming Fab Melo. It is awesome to see how Kelly is patient and smart, as well as unselfish.

9-12 shooting! He needs to work on his turnovers and PF's but that comes with intensity on both ends of the court.

Summer League refs too; three of those fouls were bogus.

sittingon50
07-07-2013, 10:48 AM
link doesn't work for me. Any help; would like to read.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 11:11 AM
Highlight video (http://www.nba.com/video/games/magic/2013/07/07/20130707-bos-orl-sl-recap.nba) from the game vs. Orlando.

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 11:18 AM
http://www.celticsblog.com/2013/7/7/4501228/boston-celtics-summer-league-game-one-takeaways

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The Boston Celtics faced off against the Orlando Magic to open up their first of five games in the 2013 Summer League. Even though the Celtics lost 95 to 88, there are a lot of positive signs to come from this game. Kelly Olynyk was the obvious star, scoring 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, to go along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 5 turnovers. For the Magic, a lot of their second year players got time on the court, but the second pick in the draft, Victor Oladipo stood out amongst the crowd, with 18 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals.

More about Kelly at the link.

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 11:21 AM
http://www.celticsblog.com/2013/7/7/4501228/boston-celtics-summer-league-game-one-takeaways

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The Boston Celtics faced off against the Orlando Magic to open up their first of five games in the 2013 Summer League. Even though the Celtics lost 95 to 88, there are a lot of positive signs to come from this game. Kelly Olynyk was the obvious star, scoring 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, to go along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 5 turnovers. For the Magic, a lot of their second year players got time on the court, but the second pick in the draft, Victor Oladipo stood out amongst the crowd, with 18 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals.

More about Kelly at the link.

Kelly Olynyk, who the Boston Celtics traded up from the No. 16 pick to the No. 13 pick to take in the 2013 NBA Draft, impressed in his first summer league game. A seven footer with three-point range, he scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his summer debut for Boston.
Olynyk was a polarizing prospect coming out of Gonzaga this spring. His shooting range and size had some singing his praises, but detractors pointed to his lack of athleticism and suspect defense.
So, of course, in his first action in summer league, he shot the ball well but struggled at times on the defensive end. His height let him get his shot off against long defenders, and he even did well when he put the ball on the floor and went to the basket. He’s not a playmaker, not yet, but he showed that defenses forcing him to be more than a spot-up shooter won’t be a weakness.

Read more at http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2013/07/07/boston-celtics-kelly-olynyk-impressive-in-summer-league/?g1KAvWYM2XfYuAmT.99

ZaGranny

MDABE80
07-07-2013, 11:27 AM
Pretty major output by our rookie. Thanks to ZN (once again) and Granny for their stellar work.

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 12:10 PM
Micah Downs is now in for the pacers SL team. NBA TV End of 1st Thunder 20Pacers 12

ZaGranny

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 12:10 PM
Thanks, Abe.

Here's another, from the Boston Herald, that I liked:
Included in Olynyk's varied game, though, was the 3-point stroke that has Celtics management so excited. He was 2-for-4 from downtown, and none of it was forced or hurried.

"Yeah, he’s good when he takes it. He had some he turned down," said Larranaga. "I think he needs to know we have the utmost confidence in whatever decision he makes, because he’s such a smart basketball player.

"It depends on the young guy," Larranaga added of the need to encourage Olynyk to shoot. "Some young guys have no problem taking shots. That’s just Kelly’s personality. He’s a very unselfish person."

Olynyk certainly seems to be embracing that downtown request.

"It's definitely been a point of emphasis for me," he said.

As for the increased physical nature of the NBA game — at one point he absorbed an elbow to the mouth from Nicholson — Olynyk smiled.

"You know it's going to happen, you just have to play through it," he said. ...
- See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/celtics_insider/2013/07/olynyk_25_points_settles_in_as_stevens_attends_cel ts#sthash.Nch3MlaL.dpuf

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 12:23 PM
http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/kelly_olynyk_great_in_professi.html

Kelly Olynyk great in professional debut, but Boston Celtics fall to Orlando Magic in 2013 summer league opener, 95-88

ORLANDO, Fla. – Sure, Kelly Olynyk would have liked to win his first professional game. But other than that – and the Boston Celtics’ belief that he should have been more selfish – the team’s first-round draft pick stamped a terrific first impression.

His first professional shot came after an up-and-under post move on the baseline, which had his defender jumping to block a ghost. His second was a swished 3-pointer. Before halftime, by which time Olynyk had poured in 17 points on 7-8 shooting, a veteran reporter turned to me and said: “I need to stop tweeting about Kelly. I sound like a fan boy.”

It was that kind of debut for Olynyk, who finished with 25 points (9-12 shooting, 2-4 from the arc), seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in Boston's 95-88 loss to Orlando. Assistant coach Jay Larranaga, who’s leading the summer league entry, had only two real criticisms of the rookie big man.

“He has to not foul so much (the Orlando Pro Summer League doesn’t have foul-outs, or else he would have been ejected with six), and he has to shoot when he’s open,” Larranaga said. “He had some shots that he turned down, and he’s such an unselfish player that we need to just encourage him to shoot when he’s open.”

more at the link

ZaGranny

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 12:35 PM
That was a good story, ZaGranny. I liked this:
“He did so many things that would be a tough matchup at a big position,” Stevens said. “I really like his game. He’s really bright, you can tell he makes others around him better. I thought he did some good things defensively as well. He’s going to be a good player.”

75Zag
07-07-2013, 01:52 PM
KO appears to be in the perfect position to become the 2nd NBA "impact player" in the history of the GU program. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that his development goes well and that some day we will be talking about John Stockton and KO in the same sentence as two GU greats who dominated at their positions in the NBA. I heard an interview of KO on CBC radio a couple days ago. He was well spoken and appears to have great goals set for himself and his career. I have already called in all my favors to buy extra fancy tickets when the Trail Blazers play Boston @ Portland this season.

Go Kelly!

Go Bulldogs!

Oregonzagnut
07-07-2013, 02:02 PM
All this is better for recruiting than winning any single game. Kelly is making Gonzaga look very good to any recruit.

Who is talking about Wichita St. now?

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 02:35 PM
http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/070713-olynyk-torches-magic-fires-warning-shots


Olynyk Torches Magic, Fires Warning Shots
Celtics.com | @celtics

July 7, 2013
ORLANDO – It didn’t take long for Kelly Olynyk to make Danny Ainge look like a genius.

It was 10 days ago that Ainge traded up three slots in the NBA Draft to select Olynyk with the 13th overall pick. Sunday morning in Orlando, Olynyk was rocking a Celtics jersey in Orlando and setting the nets ablaze.

Don’t let the hair fool you, people. This kid can play. And Ainge knew it all along.

Olynyk wasted no time in making that fact well known at the Orlando Pro Summer League. He torched the hosting team in the league’s second game of the week, posting a game-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting against the Magic.

Olynyk was the talk of the gym Sunday morning. That’s not how things were supposed to play out, seeing as Orlando was showcasing its prized possession in the very same contest.

More at the link
ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 03:40 PM
They highlighted Kelly Olynyk and Victor Oladipo for the Celtics/Magic game. Nice props for Kelly. They usually repeat through the evening, so you may be able to catch it later on.

ZaGranny

duper
07-07-2013, 03:48 PM
Not to be a downer but it is a little early to be getting to excited. Very few of these players will see an NBA roster this year. We already knew Kelly could dominate at this level, he is just getting his feet wet at the "Next level" with this summer league.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 04:09 PM
West Coast Convo (http://westcoastconvo.com/2013/07/07/wcc-summer-league-micah-downs-pacers/?utm_source=FanSided&utm_medium=Network&utm_campaign=Trending):
WCC in the Summer League: Micah Downs Struggles Against OKC

After being named a d-league all-star last season, Micah Downs is attempting to make the next step and play in the association. His long and lanky 6’8″ frame certainly is intriguing to NBA scouts, and he is getting chance to show what he can do by playing in the 2013 NBA summer league with the Indiana Pacers. Today, the Pacers took on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Downs first summer league game of the 2013 season, and it didn’t go as well as Down’s and the Pacer’s had hoped.

The Pacers lost to the Thunder by a score of 76-68. Downs totaled about 9 minutes of action, and only recorded two points. He also had two rebounds, and one turnover. Down’s made little to no impact in this contest, and certainly did not do anything to differentiate himself from the other players competing for a roster spot.

The former Gonzaga Bulldog had a tough time on the defensive end as well. In the second half, while Downs was guarding former Louisville Cardinal Kyle Kuric and he was burned from deep by him several times. He looked lost in that aspect of the game. Downs will have to focus up in order to impress the Pacer’s coaching staff in their next game.

Next Game: 10 AM PST, Pacers vs. 76ers. NBA TV.

Oregonzagnut
07-07-2013, 04:10 PM
Not to be a downer but it is a little early to be getting to excited. Very few of these players will see an NBA roster this year. We already knew Kelly could dominate at this level, he is just getting his feet wet at the "Next level" with this summer league.

Kelly is a lottery pick so he is guaranteed a certain amount of money and time to learn. If you are saying something like Adam Morrison, who had pretty good summer league numbers yet he failed to make a team then nothing is a given. that may be true to a point. But not a #13 pick for his first year. I think even Adam Morrison was guaranteed 3 years minimum but when that ran out, there are no guarantees.

As we saw with Adam. Averaging 20 pts per game in summer league doesn't always mean a roster spot. Politics and defense matter too.

Ekrub
07-07-2013, 04:31 PM
I think what he was saying is we already know Kelly can do this vs. these types of players, and to not expect him to roll out these stats in the NBA. Encouraging that he had a good game, regardless.

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 04:42 PM
If you missed it the first time, it is being rebroadcast right now.

ZaGranny

75Zag
07-07-2013, 04:44 PM
I do not base my hope for KO's future on summer league nonsense, which as some of you correctly point out is meaningless. I do base my hope for KO on the bizarre circumstances that have brought him into a Celtics franchise which has traded or given away virtually their entire team, thus leaving a HUGE opportunity for KO and Boston's new coach to make names for themselves. Do I expect KO to sweep Miami's center off his feet with KO's dazzling moves to the hoop? NO. NO. NO. But do I expect KO to get a heck of a lot more opportunities than the average 7' not-particularly-athletic center from GU might get when entering the NBA as a #13 draft pick? YES. YES. YES.

The path ahead is clear. Now it is up to KO.

Go KO!

Go Bulldogs!

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 04:56 PM
Video interview with KO (http://www.nba.com/celtics/video/2013/07/07/SummerLeague2013Sundaymp4-2533617) posted by Marc D'amico.

bigblahla
07-07-2013, 06:05 PM
All this is better for recruiting than winning any single game. Kelly is making Gonzaga look very good to any recruit.

Who is talking about Wichita St. now?


You are. :D

Go!! Zags!!!

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 06:19 PM
About to discuss KO right now on NBA channel

Zagranny

Oregonzagnut
07-07-2013, 06:32 PM
You are. :D

Go!! Zags!!!

After I typed that I knew the obvious answer but I left it anyway. Blahla wins. Still, my point is Kelly and Gonzaga in the NBA is what everyone are talking about. This and our #1 ranked 32 win season is what kids want.

Im saying the talk is positive from the media. Not negative, IMO.

75Zag
07-07-2013, 06:33 PM
In the eyes of potential recruits - and when speaking of the NCAAs - I believe GU continues to have the reputation of "the little engine that can't". But if KO can get himself to the NBA All Star Game, then (and only then) we are talking some serious GU reputation points in the recruiting world.

Go KO!

Go Bulldogs!

Zagdawg
07-07-2013, 06:46 PM
Everyones entitled to their opinion.

Good to see a Zag in the thick of the news in the summer league about how well he is doing.

It is a positive.


Go Zags

thespywhozaggedme
07-07-2013, 06:51 PM
I do not base my hope for KO's future on summer league nonsense, which as some of you correctly point out is meaningless. I do base my hope for KO on the bizarre circumstances that have brought him into a Celtics franchise which has traded or given away virtually their entire team, thus leaving a HUGE opportunity for KO and Boston's new coach to make names for themselves. Do I expect KO to sweep Miami's center off his feet with KO's dazzling moves to the hoop? NO. NO. NO. But do I expect KO to get a heck of a lot more opportunities than the average 7' not-particularly-athletic center from GU might get when entering the NBA as a #13 draft pick? YES. YES. YES.

The path ahead is clear. Now it is up to KO.

Go KO!

Go Bulldogs!

The game against Orlando was hardly meaningless, their lineup consisted of 3 regular season starters. The Magic's summer league team isn't a normal one full of long shot hopefuls; it's most of their main roster.

75Zag
07-07-2013, 07:02 PM
The game against Orlando was hardly meaningless, their lineup consisted of 3 regular season starters. The Magic's summer league team isn't a normal one full of long shot hopefuls; it's most of their main roster.

Perhaps we can agree to disagree. At least in Portland, they barely take regular season NBA games seriously, because, according to the Paul Allen machine, "only the NBA playoffs matter". Thus, I tend to think that any NBA player with a guaranteed no cut contract who is playing in summer league is doing so for "shoots and giggles" and not to overwhelm anybody. But if KO is knocking the socks off NBA summer league players, more power to him.

Go KO!

Go Bulldogs!

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 07:20 PM
Highlight video of KO action in the game (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ps3RqEE1E0w). (Comments are fun to read, too.)

Oregonzagnut
07-07-2013, 07:48 PM
The game against Orlando was hardly meaningless, their lineup consisted of 3 regular season starters. The Magic's summer league team isn't a normal one full of long shot hopefuls; it's most of their main roster.

I agree Spy,it is not meaningless. It is in fact very meaningful in many other ways too.

1. Danny Ainge was watching and in attendance. Kelly is a bright spot after today.
2. Brad Stevens was in attendance. His first official game (technically) as Celtics Head Coach. A bright future.
3. First game for Kelly and Brad together. Even a more bright future.
4. The Stevens hire in the media and the truly positive vibes EVERYONE is getting from Stevens being in the NBA rubs off on Kelly/Gonzaga.
5. Kelly has one of the best opportunities with the best franchises (top 3 for sure)
6. Kelly has really no expectations except to do his best.
7. If Rondo can be positive during this process, I see an even brighter future ahead. If they will get some veteran big man to mentor Kelly, he will jump in skill and be an All Star.
8. Evidence that Gonzaga can transform kids into NBA draft picks.
9. Boston is still hurting, and the city's patriotism and sports loyalty is at an all time high this year.

These are all positive and meaningful things that this game at least meant to me. Boston is a very relevant team even in gutting out the starting rotation and totally rebuilding from scratch.

Reborn
07-07-2013, 08:18 PM
If you are saying something like Adam Morrison, who had pretty good summer league numbers yet he failed to make a team then nothing is a given.

I believe Adam Morrison was a starter for Charlotte. for at least a year and maybe two before he got injured.

ZagNative
07-07-2013, 08:25 PM
KO signed with the celtics today. What do you suppose his salary will be? This tweet confused me:

Chris Forsberg ‏@ESPNForsberg 2h

C's announce signing of first-round pick Kelly Olynyk. If C's go 120% of rookie scale; 1st year salary would be about $2 million.

gamagin
07-07-2013, 08:28 PM
not sure if this has been posted. didn't see it.

http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/070713-olynyk-torches-magic-fires-warning-shots

ZaGranny
07-07-2013, 08:38 PM
http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2013/07/celtics_look_to_ignite_kelly_olynyk

Celtics look to ignite Kelly Olynyk
Prodding rookie to lead summer offense

Monday, July 8, 2013 PrintEmail Comments (0)
By:
Mark Murphy
Phil Pressey is a point guard, and thus prone to a miserable time in summer league competition.

He needs chemistry, teammates willing to play together, to thrive. Thankfully for Pressey, Kelly Olynyk has a clue.

“This guy back here, he thinks like a guard, and that makes it a lot easier on me,” Pressey, the Celtics free agent via Missouri, said with a nod in Olynyk’s direction yesterday following a 95-88 loss to the Magic on the first day of the Orlando summer league.


But this is why president of basketball operations Danny Ainge traded up to draft the Gonzaga center with the 13th pick. Olynyk was the most offensively skilled center on the draft board — miles ahead of Nerlens Noel and even Alex Len in terms of his ability to see the floor.

All of that vision and polish came out in Olynyk’s first game in a Celtics uniform. He not only scored 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting, hitting from a shot chart’s worth of spots, he also laced passes out of the high post and generally boosted the floor’s overall IQ level.

“I would just be guessing at what he meant, but I’m guessing he means how I make plays and see the floor,” Olynyk said of Pressey’s compliment. “My (vision) is all right, but it can still get better.”

Olynyk has that much in common with every other player in the Orlando summer league. But among the first-year players, Olynyk has a shred more NBA readiness. He was 2-for-4 from downtown, equally good from mid-range, and at one stage even scooped up a loose ball at the foul line and drove left for a tough basket.

His offense is remarkably varied.

“It’s our job as coaches to find the best situation to take advantage of his matchup,” Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga, who is running the summer league team, said of the benefits that come with Olynyk’s skill. “If it’s a bigger guy you try to get him on the perimeter, and if it’s a smaller guy you try to post him. He’s a lot of fun to coach, a very nice kid.”

And like a lot of nice kids, Olynyk has to be prodded.

“Yeah, he’s good when he takes it,” Larranaga said of Olynyk’s surprisingly good 3-pointer. “He had some he turned down. I think he needs to know we have the utmost confidence in whatever decision he makes, because he’s such a smart basketball player.”

Much more at the link.

ZaGranny

- See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2013/07/celtics_look_to_ignite_kelly_olynyk#sthash.s8i6piu v.dpuf

willandi
07-07-2013, 08:42 PM
I believe Adam Morrison was a starter for Charlotte. for at least a year and maybe two before he got injured.

Believe they were referring to last summer when Ammo played in the Las Vegas summer league, averaged close to 20/game but got no takers.

What actually surprises me, and nobody else seems to have said anything, is that on the NBA and ESPN/NBA sites, the gush is about Olapido with a cursory mention of KO. It overlooks the fact that KO outscored Victor by 7 points, shot .750 where olapido was 5 of 13 from the floor, 6 of 8 from the line, and KO out rebounded him. KO would have fouled out, but several have said that 2 or 3 were bogus calls, KO had 2 assists as opposed to 7, but several passes that should have become assists didn't.

I know one was the #2 pick and one the #13 pick, but just seems that headlines should give credit where due.

810Suited
07-07-2013, 08:55 PM
Summer league only tells you who can't play not who can

ZaGranny
07-08-2013, 06:17 AM
http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/07/07/celtics-kelly-olynyk-dazzles-his-summer-league-debut/ekOWQKmeM1g9x14XXBMHAJ/story.html

Kelly Olynyk dazzling in debut for Celtics

He scores 25 points using host of moves

ORLANDO — Performances at the NBA’s summer league are not always what they appear to be. The players are not usually that good, that bad, or even somewhere in the middle.

That said, if what Celtics first-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk showed Sunday is a coming attraction, then the 7-footer could be something special.

Olynyk scored 25 points in 27 minutes in Boston’s 95-88 loss to the Magic, dazzling the Amway Center crowd of NBA executives, coaches, and media with an array of scoop shots, hook shots, short jumpers, and 3-pointers. He made 9 of 12 shots, including 2 of 4 from long range.

The rookie also grabbed seven rebounds during his first pseudo-NBA game.


Above all, Olynyk looked smooth. He displayed strong ballhandling skills that date to his days as a point guard before a high school growth spurt turned him into a center. He also flashed some nice range on his shot and above-average court vision.

But the main criticism of Olynyk from his teammates and coaches was that he wasn’t aggressive enough, namely by turning down open shots to pass instead.

Much more at link.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-08-2013, 07:02 AM
http://www.celticsblog.com/2013/7/7/4502580/kelly-olynyk-officially-signs-with-the-boston-celtics-brad-stevens-banner-18-summer-league


What a day for Kelly Olynyk. After a tremendous 25-point performance in his NBA summer league debut, the Boston Celtics announced that they have signed him to his rookie contract.

Terms of the deal were not announced but the rookie pay scale is set at $1.66 million for the 13th pick in the draft. Teams are allowed to pay up to 120 percent more -- which most NBA teams usually do -- so it's likely Olynyk will have a first-year salary close to $2 million.


More at link

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-08-2013, 09:38 AM
Micah just had a nice ball fake and shot.

Pacers 35 Sixers 25 with 7:45 left in the first half.

ZaGreanny

ZagNative
07-08-2013, 10:37 AM
Micah's hot for the Pacers. 14 points, I think.

Boy, he better get an invite to someone's training camp. He deserves to be in the NBA.

Ekrub
07-08-2013, 11:23 AM
For fun: type Olynyk into a twitter search and watch the love

ZagNative
07-08-2013, 11:28 AM
Box Score for Micah's game (http://www.nba.com/games/20130708/PHIIND/gameinfo.html?ls=slt)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-7y9wGnXRSW0/UdsRm35S32I/AAAAAAABgN8/14aZwbu3GD4/s800/2013-07-08%2520Downs%2520Pacers.jpg

ZagZombie
07-08-2013, 11:39 AM
If you would like to watch the Boston Detroit game for free follow this link, quality is not the greatest

http://livetv.ru/en/eventinfo/176693_boston_detroit/

Mojo13
07-08-2013, 12:35 PM
Anyone watching the game?

Twitterverse is claiming he is in beast mode in this game too.

willandi
07-08-2013, 12:42 PM
watching on Dish 156. Didn't see the first few minutes and Boston was up big. KO has dominated fir short stretches, steals boards assists and nice moves plus outside shots. Boston up by about 20, so may not get back in.

ZagZombie
07-08-2013, 12:50 PM
KO on defense needs quite a bit of work. He is just a step slower on D, gets beat when players attack in his direction.

Offense is just fine 13 points 6 rebounds today, didnt play 4th quarter

webspinnre
07-08-2013, 12:54 PM
KO next on the postgame show.

Oregonzagnut
07-08-2013, 12:55 PM
Boston wins by 30!

Kelly is one of the stars of the game once again. He is about to be interviewed.

Zags_Fanatic
07-08-2013, 01:02 PM
KO had a stunning sequence in the 3Q. 2 FTs, 1 beautiful 3 in transition, an up and under move that looked very familiar, two steals, two big boards and he dove head first into the executives for a loose ball.

ZagNative
07-08-2013, 01:14 PM
Box Score vs. Detroit here (http://www.nba.com/games/20130708/BOSDET/gameinfo.html?ls=slt).

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6AKh3P9nkr8/Udsq4Un6ELI/AAAAAAABgOM/ZtpQwq3quAw/s800/2013-07-08%2520Kelly%2520Olynyk%2520Box.jpg

MDABE80
07-08-2013, 01:14 PM
Lots of Boston didn't like KO's pcik. One thing the Boston fans will always love: Performance. If you read the different boards ( I read the ones posted here......thanks!) he's winning them over.........they seem to just love our kid. Nice to see. Boston fans are fanatics.

ZaGranny
07-08-2013, 07:44 PM
Posted earlier today--today's game is not discussed.

http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2013-07-08/kelly-olynyk-nba-draft-2013-boston-celtics-brad-stevens-trade-kevin-garnett-paul

Celtics' Kelly Olynyk growing comfortable in post

PUBLISHED 8 hours and 29 minutes ago
Sean Deveney Sporting News


There isn’t much that connects Celtics draftee Kelly Olynyk with second-year New Orleans big man Anthony Davis. But there is this—both entered high school as guards, with ballhandling and passing skills among their best attributes.

Both were hit with mid-teens growth spurts that pushed them up to the frontcourt in their starting lineups. Davis eventually became a star center for Kentucky, and Olynyk did likewise at Gonzaga.


Davis’ rise was more natural, though, and he has translated his athleticism into defensive prowess inside. For Olynyk, being a basketball player with size still doesn’t quite feel right.

He was in the 11th grade when he sprouted a full seven inches, and even with Gonzaga, he didn’t play extensive minutes in his first two years, then redshirted his third season. It was last year that he busted out with 17.8 points per game, showing his impressive combination of size and shooting skill.

“The biggest challenge is, I have never been a big man before,” Olynyk said. “It’s way different, you have got to be inside, you have got to do post moves, your back is to the basket, you’re not facing the basket anymore—it’s something you have never done before.

"The way I try to describe it to people is it is like trying to make a quarterback a kicker. It is two different positions. It was a tough transition, but, once you gain that, hopefully you can keep those guard skills as well. Now, all the sudden, you have that versatility, that dual threat and that really helps out.”

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Olynyk is a little like Davis in reverse—where Davis took his guard skills and his growth spurt and turned them into outstanding defensive ability, with work to do on offense, Olynyk still shoots like a guard but need defensive work.

That suits him just fine. “It is pretty interesting story, for both of us,” Olynyk said. “I guess (Davis) has done pretty well so far, so, hopefully I can follow in his shoes.”

More at the link.

ZaGranny

sullyzag66
07-08-2013, 07:48 PM
Kelly's latest tweet:

@KellyOlynyk: Thanks to everyone for letting me know my bio needed an update! #Celtics and Boston is my new home, but always a #zag! #canadian too!

ZaGranny
07-08-2013, 07:57 PM
Kelly's latest tweet:

@KellyOlynyk: Thanks to everyone for letting me know my bio needed an update! #Celtics and Boston is my new home, but always a #zag! #canadian too!

His new bio:

Kelly Olynyk Verified account
@KellyOlynyk
Hoopin with the Celtics via Gonzaga. Just a Canadian kid with big dreams. Instagram: KellyOlynyk

Love how he gets the Zags, Canada and the Celtics all in there.

Good job, Kelly!

ZaGranny

Oregonzagnut
07-08-2013, 07:59 PM
Good job Micah!

:allhail:

ZaGranny
07-08-2013, 08:09 PM
At 8:00 AM tomorrow NBA TV.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-08-2013, 08:27 PM
http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/070813-cs-crush-pistons-notch-first-win


C's Crush Pistons, Notch First Summer Win
By Marc D'Amico | @Marc_DAmico
Celtics.com
July 8, 2013
ORLANDO – An impressive defensive performance led the Boston Celtics to a 93-63 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday, giving the team its first victory of the week at the Orlando Pro Summer League. The 30-point margin of victory ties for the fifth-largest in the history of the league.

Boston limited Detroit to just 16.7 percent shooting in the first quarter and 27.7 percent overall in the game. The Celtics victory featured a game-high 22 points from Darius Johnson-Odom and 13 points and six boards from Kelly Olynyk.

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The third quarter is one the Pistons would love to forget. Any hope they had of making this a game was washed away over the final half of the frame.

Boston led 54-43 when Tim Abromaitis nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing at the 4:01 mark. That shot was the first of a long stretch of play that would leave Detroit knocked out of contention. Olynyk scored the next seven points and the Celtics wound up finishing the quarter on a 16-0 run. That spurt put them on top 70-43 heading into the final quarter.


More at the link.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-08-2013, 08:58 PM
http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/boston_celtics_summer_league_o_1.html


Boston Celtics summer league observations 2013: Analyzing Kelly Olynyk, Darius Johnson-Odom, Fab Melo and more after a 93-63 win against the Detroit Pistons
ORLANDO, Fla. – Monday’s summer league showdown at the Amway Center between the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons devolved into a blowout. Even so, we got a second look at Boston's youngsters and some of them impressed.

Darius Johnson-Odom exploded for a game-high 22 points; Phil Pressey settled in after a turnover-filled opener; Kelly Olynyk’s still as skilled as he was Sunday (bolding mine); Fab Melo took three charges (“a hat trick of charges,” assistant coach Jamie Young called it); Tony Mitchell (the Celtics wing) finished a terrific tip-in; and Tony Mitchell (a Pistons draft pick by the same name) had one particularly vicious dunk. The game, which Boston won 93-63, even provided us one sequence during which a different Tony Mitchell blocked a shot on each end.

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Klynic?

We’re two games in, and the most positive takeaway continues to be Olynyk’s impressive skill level. He’s capable of stepping to the perimeter and hitting 3-pointers – the Celtics coaching staff’s biggest complaint about him so far is that they’d like him to shoot more often – and he’s also shown a beautiful array of post moves, including one particularly gorgeous up-and-under Monday. Before Olynyk could reach halftime of his second summer league contest, Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard had already tweeted, “Kelly olynyk nice tho.”

Yes, the Gonzaga product has looked good so far. The coaching staff continues to rave about his intelligence, and his varied offensive repertoire should translate even when the competition rises – big men who can stretch the floor are always valuable (think: Channing Frye), especially those who can handle the basketball a little bit, like Olynyk.

One concern: the 22-year old struggled a little while trying to handle Pistons Tony Mitchell, a strong and agile physical specimen who’s quick to the offensive glass (he finished with eight offensive rebounds). But Olynyk still managed five steals, showing nice anticipation, and has played with a veteran’s maturity on both ends so far.


More at link

ZaGrannhy

AzZag
07-08-2013, 09:03 PM
Both have tons of skill and excellent fundamentals and are making GU proud.
It is making Summer League hoops fun to watch.

However, they must get stronger to really excel.

Micah is purely a 3 pt specialist and could find a niche being that, but his lack of strength hurts him on the boards and on defense. To his credit he took advantage of poor perimeter defense today and knocked down open shots. He also worked his tail off moving without the ball and came off screens ready to shoot. It was neat watching the Pacers' bench stand up and support him on every bomb he launched.

The Big KO got flustered and thrown off his game for a spell when Tony Mitchell
was guarding him tight. Once Mitchell left with his fourth foul Kelly became effective again. How Tony Mitchell only averaged 14 points in his crappy conference is a mystery, kid is a freak of a specimen. The Eastern Conference is known for their toughness and defense and Kelly is going to have to continue to work on his body. Noah, Garnett, Boozer, Hibbert etc are way better than Mitchell and they will definitely get physical with Kelly.

Can't wait for tomorrow morning!

hooter73
07-08-2013, 10:01 PM
Fab Melo 6pts, 3 rebounds. yeah.

Ekrub
07-09-2013, 06:19 AM
Olynyk gave gonzaga a shout out in his post game interview yesterday too. Love that. Of course watching him in these summer league games gives me a pit in my stomach wondering what he could have done at GU this next year. Regardless, very pleased he is doing well.

thespywhozaggedme
07-09-2013, 07:23 AM
Cool to see two Zags in this game. Kelly being Kelly and I can't believe how buff Micah has gotten.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 07:34 AM
Twitter:
Marc D'Amico ‏@Marc_DAmico 19m

Kelly Olynyk just came over with some phenomenal help defense to block a shot in the paint. Not something he's known for. Great play.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 07:57 AM
I don't know what happened to the game coverage there for a while, but at the half:

Marc D'Amico ‏@Marc_DAmico 4m

Olynyk grabbed five boards in the second quarter alone. He has eight points, seven rebounds at halftime. #Celtics lead #Pacers 40-29.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 08:11 AM
More twitter:
Marc D'Amico ‏@Marc_DAmico 59s

Olynyk just nailed a fade-away jumper on the baseline, with contact. Kid really can shoot the ball. He's up to 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 08:32 AM
KO with 14 pts. 8 rebounds and 4 assts., with 6:18 left in the 4th.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 08:45 AM
KO!

Marc D'Amico ‏@Marc_DAmico 12s

This game became close, but Kelly Olynyk is leading the #Celtics to the Promised Land. He has 10 points int he fourth quarter alone.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 08:48 AM
More:
gary washburn ‏@GwashNBAGlobe 1m

Olynyk now has 21, 9 and 4 as #celtics lead #pacers 74-65 with 2:12 left. Olynyk has 13 in second half

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 08:56 AM
Celtics win it 76-74.

Scott Souza ‏@scott_souza 7s

(Say it w/ me again) "Will ... Not ... Get ... Carried ... Away ... With ... Summer League Stats" ... But, Damn, Kelly Olynyk. #Celtics

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 09:00 AM
Last few tweets:
gary washburn ‏@GwashNBAGlobe

#celtics hang on for 76-74 win over #pacers, Olynyk finishes with 21, 9 and 4 ast while Tony Mitchell adds 15 and Phil Pressey 11 and 5 ast

Marc D'Amico Marc D'Amico ‏@Marc_DAmico

It's summer league, but... WHAT A GAME!

Boston Celtics Boston Celtics ‏@celtics

Phil Pressey hits 2 free throws with 10 seconds left that propel the Celtics to a 76-74 win over the Pacers. Olynyk: 21 pts, 9 rebs, 4 ssts.

ZaGranny
07-09-2013, 09:08 AM
Jeff Green, Courtney Lee impressed with Boston Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk; Green nicknamed him Sunshine, after Remember the Titans character

http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/jeff_green_courtney_lee_impres.html

ORLANDO, Fla. –Kelly Olynyk’s new Boston Celtics teammates are excited about playing with him, but might give him some grief about his shoulder-length hair. Jeff Green already has a new nickname for the 7-footer out of Gonzaga who’s been so impressive at summer league: Sunshine, as in just like the quarterback in Remember the Titans.


“I think we need to talk about this summer league game we’re about to have, and the way Kelly’s been playing. Kelly’s been playing awesome. His nickname’s going to be Sunshine for me, from Remember the Titans. But I think he’s been playing well. I didn’t know, I didn’t get to watch him a lot at Gonzaga, but he has great footwork, I didn’t know he could shoot the ball like he can. But he’s really impressed me and I’m looking forward to playing with him.”

Olynyk has shown an impressive shooting stroke all week at summer league, averaging 19 points over Boston's first two games.

“That just opens the floor wide open," Green said, "especially with me slashing to the basket, (Rajon) Rondo penetrating, Courtney on the break, Avery (Bradley) – I mean, we have guys who can get to the rim. We have bigs who can spread the floor and knock down the shots, I think it just opens everything up.”

Lee said he’s watched all of Boston’s summer league games so far and likes what he sees from the first-round draft pick.

“Oh, man. Big boy can stroke it,” he said. “I saw him hit a three in transition the other day, I was impressed. He has good touch, good footwork. He can stretch the floor, and when he sets those picks he’s going to be an option on the pick and pop because he can shoot. He’s definitely going to help us.”

If he’s like the movie character who inspired his new nickname, Olynyk can’t throw the option pitch. But as long as he can keep drilling jumpers and spacing the court, that’s okay with Green.

ZaGranny

sittingon50
07-09-2013, 09:44 AM
Thanks for the updates, ladies.

Glad Kelly is doing so well.

Ekrub
07-09-2013, 09:58 AM
Kind words from coach reveno:

@CoachReveno: Discipline breeds success. Simple. RT @ByJayKing Olynyk, an academic All-American, said he never skipped a single class in college.

DixieZag
07-09-2013, 10:04 AM
I know nothing about the NBA game but the thing that jumps out to me (as much as the shooting) is 9 rebounds - something he wasn't necessarily known for.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 10:12 AM
Box Score (http://www.nba.com/games/20130709/INDBOS/gameinfo.html?ls=slt), Celtics vs. Pacers. Micah had just 3 points

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-hi0Kq2F-uuw/UdxSVQombfI/AAAAAAABgOc/Z3AB-wnEIG0/s800/2013-0-09%2520Celtics%2520Pacers%2520Box%2520.jpg

ZaGranny
07-09-2013, 10:21 AM
http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/09/kelly-olynyk-continues-to-impress-at-summer-league-with-the-celtics-video/


When Kelly Olynyk burst onto the Summer League scene in Orlando with a 25-point, seven-rebound debut performance on Sunday, it was easy to want to downplay the accomplishment.

Plenty of players are able to have a single big game against the inferior competition the summer session brings, but Olynyk, the thirteenth overall pick in this year’s draft that was traded to the Celtics, has impressed now for three days straight.

More at link

cjm720
07-09-2013, 10:23 AM
From the linke ZN posted.

Recap: Celtics 76, Pacers 74


Josh Cohen, OrlandoMagic.com
Posted Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:36 PM - Updated Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:36 PM

For the third straight game at the 2013 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, Kelly Olynyk showcased his array of post moves, polished all-around offensive arsenal and willingness to bang inside.

His 21 points and nine rebounds together with a pair of go-ahead free throws by Phil Pressey with 10.8 seconds left catapulted the Boston Celtics to a thrilling 76-74 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Donald Sloan's potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed off for Indiana, which erased a nine-point deficit with just over two minutes left in the game.

Tony Mitchell contributed 15 points for the Celtics, who outscored the Pacers by 16 in a one-sided second quarter. Pressey added 11 points and Jayson Granger contributed nine points.

Indiana's first round pick from the 2013 draft, Solomon Hill, continued his outstanding play this week. The Arizona product posted a team-high 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and added four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Orlando Johnson scored 13 and grabbed six rebounds in the loss.

The Celtics will seek their third straight win this week when they battle the Rockets on Wednesday, while the Pacers will have the day off tomorrow before returning to the practice of Amway Center on Thursday when they take on the Jazz.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 10:35 AM
Check out the KO highlight video linked in the story ZaGranny just posted, Kelly Olynyk Day 3 Summer League (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js2IV5o7XsU)

ZaGranny
07-09-2013, 10:43 AM
Jim Meehan ‏@SRJimm 7m
Pinning down Olynyk's contract figures: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4705964/cs-sign-olynyk-to-rookie-deal … ... http://www.spotrac.com/nba/boston-celtics/kelly-olynyk/ …
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ZaGranny

isongd
07-09-2013, 12:33 PM
We got another one. Josh to the Cavs.


http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/releases/summer-league-roster-130709

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 12:38 PM
We got another one. Josh to the Cavs.
http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/releases/summer-league-roster-130709Yippie! Opening game vs. the Lakers!

And here's a brief post-game interview video (http://www.nba.com/celtics/video/2013/07/09/SummerLeagueTUESDAYmp4-2535728) with KO posted by Marc D'Amico.

ZaGranny
07-09-2013, 12:43 PM
You go, Josh!

Also noticed Delly is on the Cavs summer league!

Go, WCC!

Cavs play the lakers Friday at 5:00 PST, so Josh will be playing Rob and Elias! (Hopefully--they still have not published their summer league roster.)

ZaGranny

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 04:53 PM
I hadn't seen this highlight video from today's game (http://www.nba.com/video/games/celtics/2013/07/09/20130709-sl-ind-bos-recap.nba) before...

Celtics play Houston tomorrow at noon.

ZagNative
07-09-2013, 06:16 PM
Kelly tweets:
Kelly Olynyk ‏@KellyOlynyk 2m

I got Benihana issues!!! #firsttime #delicious wit moe_harkless

Oregonzagnut
07-09-2013, 06:28 PM
Its a Klynyk, and class in is session.

And this weeks lesson has been the "Up and Under".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHXhIPHn3h4

Here is some props to Kelly from Courtney Lee in this video! Gotta wait till the end though.

Oregonzagnut
07-09-2013, 07:16 PM
We got another one. Josh to the Cavs.


http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/releases/summer-league-roster-130709

Since he'll be playing with Mathew Dellavedova it will be very interesting.

willandi
07-09-2013, 07:21 PM
You go, Josh!

Also noticed Delly is on the Cavs summer league!

Go, WCC!

Cavs play the lakers Friday at 5:00 PST, so Josh will be playing Rob and Elias! (Hopefully--they still have not published their summer league roster.)

ZaGranny

The link says 8:00 PST. Am I missing something?

ZaGranny
07-09-2013, 07:25 PM
The link says 8:00 PST. Am I missing something?


Nope. You're right.

It's either old eyes, or I just assumed they were listing EDT.

ZaGranny

Oregonzagnut
07-09-2013, 08:06 PM
I'm sure ZN has posted this before.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgD24n4Rt1I

But there are 3 big things I noticed from this interview.

1. They predicted the Celtics as the team for him.
2. Kelly said he was thinking about transferring.
3. John Stockton is not as involved in the program as he could be, but he talked Kelly into staying. Thanks John!

willandi
07-09-2013, 08:20 PM
Nope. You're right.

It's either old eyes, or I just assumed they were listing EDT.

ZaGranny

I looked on the NBA site, and YOU are right! 8 EST.

ZaGranny
07-09-2013, 08:28 PM
I looked on the NBA site, and YOU are right! 8 EST.

I hate it when I'm right and don't know it!:o

ZaGranny

Martin Centre Mad Man
07-09-2013, 10:22 PM
http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4706002/summer-notes-the-rondo-intensity



* KO PUNCH: With all the typical summer league disclaimers, Olynyk has shown he has an NBA-ready offensive arsenal over three games and even his established teammates seem excited to play with him. "Oh man, big boy can stroke it," noted Courtney Lee, who, along with Jeff Green, took in the Celtics' summer league win on Tuesday from the sidelines. "I saw him hit that 3-pointer in transition the other day, I was impressed. He has good touch, good footwork, can stretch the floor. When he sets those picks, he’s definitely going to be an option on the pick-and-pop because he can shoot. He’s definitely going to help us." Olynyk beat himself up for a couple of late-game misses on Tuesday when the Pacers made it interesting, but his smoothness on the floor suggests his game will translate immediately to the NBA level.

ezcure17
07-10-2013, 06:24 AM
Micah Downs will be playing on Toronto's las vegas summer league team

ZagNative
07-10-2013, 07:18 AM
Thanks, ezcure17. Good to know.

ZaGranny
07-10-2013, 07:53 AM
http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2013/07/go_slow_on_kelly_olynyk_hypeGo slow on Kelly Olynyk hype
Rookie off to impressive start, but bigger challenges down road

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. — The scratches, two on his neck and one on his face, do not help Kelly Olynyk’s appearance. But they might be of benefit when he leaves the Orlando summer league and heads home to Canada and the hockey-loving people of the true north strong and free.
“Yeah, maybe they’ll accept me more,” the Celtics rookie said yesterday with a laugh. “Maybe I’ll be in the inner circle.”
Olynyk’s approach to most things seems to be laced with a healthy sense of humor, which is serving him well as Celts fans and even NBA people drool while watching his performances.

“The pride of Gonzaga looks good,” one NBA coach texted while watching the Celtics’ summer league opener on TV. “I like the young fella.”
“Very skilled for a man his size,” another text read.
“Kid looks nice, maybe good enough to get a GM fired for passing on him. LOL,” a different coach chimed in.
OK, we know what you’re thinking: There’s an NBA coach who uses LOL in his text messages?
Chilling, right?

But while the 7-footer’s actions — the smooth shots, the court awareness — certainly are enough to warrant praise, it is important to add that they must be taken in context. Or, as Olynyk’s neighbors might say, “How about a little perspective, eh?”
It is impossible to avoid being impressed with the kid’s game. He has a calm presence on the floor, and he’s shown a willingness to mix it up in traffic, even if his body isn’t yet entirely suited for such close-quarter combat.
But this merely is a summer league, a fact that, to Olynyk’s great credit, he understands.

Much more at the link.

ZaGranny

ZagNative
07-10-2013, 08:03 AM
Very nice post-game interview (http://www.nba.com/video/games/pacers/2013/07/09/kelly-olynyk-postgame-interview.nba/index.html) with KO after yesterday's game. Our boy says all the right things.

ZaGranny
07-10-2013, 08:07 AM
NBA Summer League: An Outstanding Start For Kelly Olynyk
By Zach Bell on Jul 10 2013, 9:00a +

http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2013/7/10/4509560/nba-summer-league-an-outstanding-start-for-kelly-olynyk (sorry for originally omitting the link)

TSSF guy has a good article today.

NBA Summer League: An Outstanding Start For Kelly Olynyk
By Zach Bell on Jul 10 2013, 9:00a +

While you would never want to put this type of pressure on a kid that is just getting his feet wet in the NBA, it goes without saying that Gonzaga could really, really, really use a 'splash' in the NBA. While Jeremy Pargo, Austin Daye, Ronny Turiaf, and Robert Sacre all got some run in the league last year, none are what you would call household names. For Kelly Olynyk, the situation couldn't be better. He is with one of the most storied franchises in all of sports that just signed a very exciting new coach and that team happens to be in rebuild mode meaning that he has time to get acquainted with the NBA.

That said, if we use Kelly's first three games in a Boston uniform as any indicator, he might not need a whole lot of time. Yeah, yeah..I know: "It's just summer league, Zach, most of these guys will be overseas soon". While this is partially true, I would say that these are still outstanding players he is going against that are all playing for their livelihood. There will be a major talent increase when the true NBA season begins, but so far so good.

In his most recent game on Tuesday morning, he scored 21 points and pulled down 9 boards. The game before that against Detroit he had 13 and 6. In his debut for the Celtics, he scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. I particularly enjoyed this brief excerpt from SB Nation's great CelticsBlog:

Olynyk has continued to show that he has all the tools to be a very good scorer in the NBA. Here's a short list of some of his remarkable plays from today: dribbled the ball coast-to-coast for a layup, a sexy one-legged step-back jumper from 15-feet, hard dribble on the post to a hook shot in the paint, another up-and-under move on the post, and a pump fake from behind the arc for a one-dribble pull-up jumper from 18-feet. All right, maybe that wasn't such a short list. To put it simply: Olynyk was a baller today. ESPN tweeted that Courtney Lee said while sitting courtside, "Oh man, big boy (Olynyk) can stroke it." Olynyk impresses every Celtics fan and apparently the Celtics players are too.

More on Kelly and other Zags at the link.

ZaGranny

ZagMan in Philly
07-10-2013, 08:36 AM
Keep it up K.O.
Hope you will make every team that passed up on you regrets their decision.
I have been watching the three games so far, and K.O. has surpassed all of my expectations. Boston fans are starting to believe.

ZaGranny
07-10-2013, 08:53 AM
http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2013/07/09/kelly-olynyk-phil-pressey-lead-celtics-past-pacers-in-summer-league/

KELLY OLYNYK, PHIL PRESSEY LEAD CELTICS PAST PACERS IN SUMMER LEAGUE
07.09.13 at 1:33 pm ET
By Jerry Spar
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First-round draft pick Kelly Olynyk continued his strong play in the NBA Summer League in Orlando, accumulating 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists Tuesday to lead the Celtics to a 76-74 victory over the Pacers.

Olynyk, who is averaging 19.7 points through three games for the 2-1 Celtics, hit 9-of-19 shots and was a plus-15 in almost 30 minutes of action. Tony Mitchell added 15 points for Boston. Phil Pressey had 11 points, five assists and three steals, and he hit two free throws with 10 seconds left for the winning points.

More at link.

ZaGranny

dnj116
07-10-2013, 09:52 AM
Thanks for posting the links, gals. One stop shopping for keeping up to date with how our former players are doing! props

SLOZag
07-10-2013, 09:53 AM
http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2013/07/09/kelly-olynyk-phil-pressey-lead-celtics-past-pacers-in-summer-league/

There are some SERIOUSLY FUNNY exchanges in the Comments section of that blog.

U Zig, I Zag
07-10-2013, 10:00 AM
LOVE seeing KO do well with those guys. Hopefully this works out well for him.

cjm720
07-10-2013, 10:19 AM
http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2013/07/09/kelly-olynyk-phil-pressey-lead-celtics-past-pacers-in-summer-league/

There are some SERIOUSLY FUNNY exchanges in the Comments section of that blog.

"He's not white. He's Canadian."

ZagNative
07-10-2013, 11:09 AM
Game's on ...

sittingon50
07-10-2013, 12:21 PM
Look's like KO had 10 & 5 at half.

cjm720
07-10-2013, 12:22 PM
KO with 14 and 7 with 3 mins left in 3Q

gbnyba17
07-10-2013, 01:02 PM
Kelly finished with 19 pts and 10 boards, however, he also had 7 fouls and 5 TO's. He again showed versatility in his scoring but was not able to connect on any long range jumpers and was a bit loose with the ball. I'm guessing (and it appears) that he was fatigued after 4 games in 4 days. None the less, what a 4 days for KO!

Go zags!!!

ZagNative
07-10-2013, 01:16 PM
Box score (http://www.nba.com/games/20130710/BOSHOU/gameinfo.html?ls=slt)

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WXCSAccuPmc/Ud3OghtuXyI/AAAAAAABgQg/NRc0InQECAk/s800/2013-07-10%2520Olynyk%2520Rockets.jpg

ZagNative
07-10-2013, 03:04 PM
Jay King, MassLive.com (http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/boston_celtics_summer_league_2.html) with an interesting piece.

Rockets forward Terrence Jones breaks down matchup with Kelly Olynyk

ORLANDO, Fla. – After matching up against Kelly Olynyk in a summer league contest Wednesday afternoon, Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones called the Boston Celtics rookie a difficult matchup.

“Great player,” said Jones, a first-round pick last year who could be due for an increase in playing time during the upcoming season. “I think he did a lot of things for his team, rebounded, got points for them. Seeing a lot from such a young player coming into the league, it’s good to see.”

Olynyk missed all five of his 3-point attempts, but still managed to finish an efficient 8-14 shooting for 19 points and 10 rebounds. He couldn’t find the outside stroke, but hit the offensive glass for six rebounds on that end, finding ways to be effective even when points didn’t come easy
“I think it was a good test, a good bar to set and just kind of look at,” Olynyk said.

Jones agreed.

“I knew he had a lot of potential and a lot of great games before that,” Jones said, “so I just wanted to be aggressive on defense and do as good a job on him as I could.
Jones believed Olynyk had a little trouble with his quickness, but generally thought Sunshine’s defense wasn’t bad.

“I think he did good overall on defense throughout the whole game,” Jones said, “just being there for help side on me when he wasn’t guarding me. It’s just summer league, you have to take every game one by one and try to get better every possession you can.”

Asked whether he believes Olynyk will have to make big adjustments to guard NBA power forward, the Rockets forward said: “It just depends on who he’s guarding.”

ZaGranny
07-10-2013, 03:17 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1700048-kelly-olynyk-displaying-elite-offensive-upside-at-2013-nba-summer-league

Kelly Olynyk Displaying Elite Offensive Upside at 2013 NBA Summer League

BY MAXWELL OGDEN (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON JULY 10, 2013 114 reads 1
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Thus far, the star of the 2013 NBA Summer League has been Boston Celtics rookie Kelly Olynyk. From his surprisingly polished perimeter game to his work on the boards, Olynyk is emerging as a front runner for the Orlando Summer League MVP award.

In the process, the former Gonzaga star has displayed elite offensive upside.

This may have the feel of a hyperbolic statement, but it shouldn't surprise anyone to see Olynyk thriving in his current capacity. Coming off of a season in which he posted a Player Efficiency Rating of 36.57 and scored in every manner imaginable, Olynyk impressed everyone who saw his game.

That's exactly why he ended up being selected No. 13 overall in the 2013 NBA draft.

Thus far, Olynyk is averaging 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals on 57.4 percent shooting from the floor. In turn, he's proven to be more than just another motor player with passion—Tyler Hansbrough, anyone?—but one with established skills.

While every rookie's game must be honed and perfected, Olynyk is one of the select few that could reach the ranks of the offensive elite.

More including 2 videos at the link.

ZaGranny

webspinnre
07-10-2013, 03:41 PM
I love the Sunshine nickname. I hope it sticks.

ZagNative
07-10-2013, 03:50 PM
Boston doesn't play tomorrow, and I think Micah's en route to Las Vegas for Toronto already, so it looks like tomorrow will not offer much Summer League action to Zag fans.

ZagNative
07-10-2013, 05:36 PM
Video interview post-game (http://www.nba.com/celtics/video/2013/07/10/WEDNESDAYSUMMERLEAGUEmp4-2537010). I enjoyed it.

RenoZag
07-10-2013, 08:33 PM
This is the only thread on the MBB worth reading. Thank you for the updates

Birddog
07-10-2013, 11:12 PM
This is the only thread on the MBB worth reading. Thank you for the updates
Isn't that the truth!

ZagNative
07-11-2013, 07:13 AM
This is a really good article, by Jay King, on MassLive.com (http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/boston_celtics_summer_league_2_2.html):
One play he [Brad Stevens] won’t find often on tape: Rookie Kelly Olynyk acting as the ball-handler in a pick and roll setting. But that’s how the Celtics used him during one possession in Wednesday’s 85-78 loss to the Houston Rockets. Olynyk started on the left wing, dribbled around a pick from center Colton Iverson, and ended the play with a perfect assist to a cutting Tony Mitchell near the basket. It’s not often you find two 7-footers running a pick and roll. The play call by assistant coach Jay Larranaga, who’s leading the summer league entry, was experimental. It was funky. And it worked, showing off another skill of Olynyk’s.

“No, not really at all,” the rookie said when asked if he ever ran pick and rolls in college. But he looked comfortable doing it, and he said he felt that way too. “It’s something that you just have to have that ball control and vision to play pick and roll, and it’s a different look. It’s sometimes real tough to guard having two bigs do that. It’s a different look. The coaches put me in that situation, I just tried to take it head-on.”
One gets the feeling the Celtics have tinkered with their lineups just to gauge the full extent of Olynyk’s (obvious) versatility. They’ve had him operate in the post, they’ve had him come around pindown screens normally used by smaller players, they’ve used him in flare screens designed to result in a 3-point shot. They tried one lineup Wednesday featuring him at small forward, alongside two other 7-footers (Iverson and Fab Melo). He's scored on up-and-unders in the post, spin moves on the perimeter, and coast to coast drives. During the first quarter Wednesday, he finished two left-handed and-ones in traffic. (Note: If it sounds like I'm gushing, I'm just trying to explain his varied offensive game. I understand he'll face better competition once games matter more, and some aspects of his repertoire could be limited by improved defense.)
The Celtics aren’t just using Olynyk in the same fashions he used to make first team All-American as a redshirt junior at Gonzaga; they’re testing the boundaries of his powers, and he hasn’t really slipped up yet.

It remains to be seen exactly how Olynyk’s summer success will translate in the regular season, but the Celtics should be able to expand their offensive options because of his inside-out ability. They might not run too many pick and rolls with him once the season starts, but his shooting and ball-handling should allow them to try different looks.

“I’m sure coach Stevens will have a lot of ideas of the best way to utilize him,” said Larranaga. “And because of his skill, there are a lot of options.”

cjm720
07-11-2013, 07:26 AM
Looks like Boston's done with the Summer League, right?

webspinnre
07-11-2013, 07:31 AM
Of all the things we've read, this is the coolest yet. Nice find.

ZaGranny
07-11-2013, 07:35 AM
I think Boston will play one of these games:

Friday, July 12, 2013 *Championship Day*
1st game 8:00 a.m. 6th place @ 5th place
2nd game 10:00 a.m. 4th place @ 3rd place
3rd game 12:00 p.m. 2nd place @ 1st place
4th game 2:00 p.m. 8th place @ 7th place
5th game 4:00 p.m. 10th place @ 9th place
Read more at http://www.insidehoops.com/summer-league-orlando.shtml#kUddTxsOPEb5u68x.99

Which game will depend on how the teams do today.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-11-2013, 07:38 AM
Pacers 36 Jazz 31 in the 2nd.

ZaGranny

cjm720
07-11-2013, 07:38 AM
Thanks, Gran.

And way to go KO...love it. What a great position to be in...new coach, rebuilding, storied team...

gamagin
07-11-2013, 08:25 AM
7/10 afternoon:

Just checked into the Four Seasons in Vegas! Practice starts tonight. games start Friday!!

ZaGranny
07-11-2013, 08:41 AM
KELLY OLYNYK POSTS A DOUBLE-DOUBLE, BUT CELTICS FALL TO ROCKETS IN SUMMER LEAGUE

http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2013/07/10/kelly-olynyk-posts-a-double-double-but-the-celtics-fall-to-the-rockets-in-summer-league/


Kelly Olynyk scored a team-high 19 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in 28 minutes, but the Celtics had their two-game win streak snapped in an 85-78 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday afternoon in NBA Summer League play in Orlando. Olynyk did commit five turnovers and seven personal fouls in the loss. Summer league rules allow players to commit an unlimited number of fouls.

Here is the info about Friday's games:

The Celtics, who entered the day in third place in the standings, earned two points in the loss by winning the second and fourth quarters. They have 14 points, tying them with the idle Heat for third place. The Heat play Thursday. The Celtics are likely to play in either the third-place or fifth-place game on Friday.

More at link

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-11-2013, 10:25 AM
Micah played 13:16. He had 7 points, 1 rebound,1 assist, 0 Fouls, 1 steal, 1 TO.

ZaGranny

ZagNative
07-11-2013, 11:10 AM
Tomorrow's Celtics game:
A. Sherrod Blakely ‏@SherrodbCSN

#Celtics (2-2) summer league team will play #Heat (2-2) squad for 5th place tomorrow at 8 a.m.

KStyles
07-11-2013, 11:14 AM
Lakers Summer League Roster



ROSTER
Ryan Kelly – Forward (will not play, surgery)
Robert Sacre – Center
Chris Douglas-Roberts – Guard/Forward
Josh Selby – Guard
Lazar Hayward – Forward
Marcus Landry – Guard/Forward
Elias Harris – Forward
Michael Snaer – Guard
Kenny Boynton Jr. – Guard
Mitchell Watt – Forward
Ian Hummer – Forward
Renaldo Woolridge – Forward
Lester Hudson – Guard
Jordan Williams – Forward
D.J. Seeley – Guard
Drew Viney – Forward/Guard
Souleyman Diabate – Guard
Travis Hyman – Center

Dan D’Antoni – Coach


http://lakeshowlife.com/2013/07/11/lakers-summer-league-roster-schedule/

ESPN LA write-up:

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/36877/lakers-announce-summer-league-roster-and-coaching-staff

cjm720
07-11-2013, 11:29 AM
Lots of familiar names on the Lakers' roster.

ZagNative
07-11-2013, 11:38 AM
I can't get enough of stories like this one from AtlanticTwine (http://nbaatlantictwine.com/kelly-olynyk-applies-professionalism-in-his-rookie-summer-league-appearances/):
Kelly Olynyk Applies Professionalism in His Rookie Summer League Appearances

The Boston Celtics may have found a gem in No. 13 draft pick Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk, who was honored the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, has been extremely impressive in his first four summer league games. Despite the 7-footer averaging 19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, his basketball smarts and patience is through the roof.

The 22-year-old center is showing viewers he plays similar to Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki. Olynyk has displayed patience, consistency and solid shot selection so far.

His patience is one of his numerous strengths. Rookies that emerge into the league usually have an anxious and quick reaction forcing troubling shots, and don’t let the game come to them. But Olynyk is the total opposite. He creates his opportunities.

Whether it’s in the paint or around the three-point perimeter, the former Zag applies rhythm and strong fundamentals when the ball is in his hands.

There is always that notion of “wait, it’s still summer league,” but there are little, if any weaknesses in Olynyk’s game. It seems like everything he does on the floor is positive and with a purpose.

In these past four games, Olynyk has brought an aspect to the floor Danny Ainge and company haven’t seen in a while — a post game. Besides Kevin Garnett, the Celtics were stacked with perimeter players and showed little presence in the paint after being 29th in NBA’s rebounding category in the 2012-13 season.

The addition of Olynyk will have a strong presence and impact. Every rookie has an expectation, but what will help this phenom is the Celtics’ current “rebuilding” process.

There is no immediate pressure on Olynyk to fill shoes right away. He can basically just play his game and let the boards and the nylon sensation come to him.

With new head coach Brad Stevens’ scheme of building a relationship with his players, Olynyk will feel comfortable surrounded by support as well as star-potential talent.

Olynky could be the best 7-footer to come through Boston in the past decade. Come November, the Boston Celtics may be very intriguing to watch with a running 7-footer in Olynyk, high-flying Jeff Green and a healthy point guard in Rajon Rondo.

ZagNative
07-11-2013, 11:53 AM
Video with former Celtic Walter McCarty (http://www.csnne.com/blog/celtics-talk/mccarty-olynyk-i-love-what-im-seeing-so-far) evaluating KO.

Oregonzagnut
07-11-2013, 01:06 PM
I can't get enough of stories like this one from AtlanticTwine (http://nbaatlantictwine.com/kelly-olynyk-applies-professionalism-in-his-rookie-summer-league-appearances/):

I can't get enough of all that you do ZagNative! I come home from work and you have set up an hour of awesome Zag articles and interviews!

Thanks ZN!!

ZagNative
07-11-2013, 01:08 PM
Nice of you to say, OZN! Thanks.

Oregonzagnut
07-11-2013, 01:27 PM
Lots of familiar names on the Lakers' roster.

Lots! With the shakeup at the center position and the late careers of Kobe and Metta, Sacre and Harris have a great opportunity to win a spot and earn that contract.

Plus the fact that Rob and Elias have played together for 3 years means they might have an advantage over other combos. It's like riding a bike. You never forget. Sacre and Harris will represent and get that "Gonzaga Groove" back.

Here is an article that says the Lakers summer team is "Highlighted by Robert Sacre"

http://www.nba.com/lakers/roster/2013_summer

gamagin
07-11-2013, 02:50 PM
7/10 afternoon:

Just checked into the Four Seasons in Vegas! Practice starts tonight. games start Friday!!

Cleveland.

ZagNative
07-11-2013, 03:08 PM
Schedule for tomorrow (http://www.nba.com/gameline/20130712/), July 12.

Pacific times for games:
7:00 AM: Micah's Pacers vs. Jazz
11:00 AM: Kelly's Celtics vs. Magic
5:00 PM: Josh's Cavs vs. Elias and Rob's Lakers

Mojo13
07-11-2013, 03:16 PM
They resigned Mr. Sacre yesterday!

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-lakers-robert-sacre-signs-20130710,0,6713416.story

MTZag03
07-11-2013, 03:43 PM
They resigned Mr. Sacre yesterday!

http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-lakers-robert-sacre-signs-20130710,0,6713416.story

Awesome for Rob. He's yet another class act player we've had that's made it. I'm thrilled.

U Zig, I Zag
07-11-2013, 04:06 PM
Awesome for Rob. He's yet another class act player we've had that's made it. I'm thrilled.

Making a cool $mil$ for playing some basketball for the Lakers. I can think of worse things.

Glad we got some former Zags doing some things! If you watch the highlights of the game footage for Kelly the announcers REALLY like him. They do that giggle/laugh thing at some of his moves like they are surprised.

MTZag03
07-11-2013, 04:44 PM
Making a cool $mil$ for playing some basketball for the Lakers. I can think of worse things.

Glad we got some former Zags doing some things! If you watch the highlights of the game footage for Kelly the announcers REALLY like him. They do that giggle/laugh thing at some of his moves like they are surprised.

They are surprised. No one on the east coast watches our games since it's like 1 a.m. for half of the tip offs.

GZag
07-11-2013, 09:45 PM
I don't post here very often, but over the years I have followed our Zag players.

I am surprised KO did not cut his hair, but that is a non issue. I read the info from the first game and watched the second. In the second, there was a couple of bonehead rookie plays by KO, but all of the players were rough.

The one thing that the announcers said that KO had a calming effect on his entire team. His skills are such as a whole team effort that he actually makes his entire team better.

That is not an easy measurement, but the same thing I saw in the eye test - when he was in or not in the game. I am very excited about watching this NBA player from Gonzaga especially.

Ammo had personal skills, but not the trust of his teammates and the calming effect that comes from the ability to pass, guard the ball, rebound, shoot and make good decisions in all areas. My prediction is that KO will be the most important Zag yet to hit the NBA after JS.

ZagMan in Philly
07-12-2013, 04:14 AM
Tomorrow's Celtics game:

Celtics playing at 2pm eastern today.

stretch
07-12-2013, 05:38 AM
Olynyk is number one at the moment on NBA rookie ladder.

http://www.nba.com/rookie-ladder/?ls=iref:nbahpt3c

Oregonzagnut
07-12-2013, 08:29 AM
Olynyk is number one at the moment on NBA rookie ladder.

http://www.nba.com/rookie-ladder/?ls=iref:nbahpt3c

Especially if you look at the other centers like Steven Adams who were picked higher than Kelly. Guys like Noel, Len and Zeller are going to have to really step up if they want to produce like Kelly has done.

Kelly's potential is what is making the Celtics really excited.

Zagdawg
07-12-2013, 09:25 AM
I just don't understand how this can be happening......wasn't Kellys vertical and wingspan shorter than everyone elses?

(yes sarcasm alert)

ridgebackzag
07-12-2013, 10:10 AM
Celtics vs Magic is Live

http://blinertvppv.ucoz.ru/nba.html

MTZag03
07-12-2013, 10:11 AM
I just don't understand how this can be happening......wasn't Kellys vertical and wingspan shorter than everyone elses?

(yes sarcasm alert)

Oh yes, this also plays into what everyone said about KO. He's ready to play now, but doesn't have much upside. You just can't win.

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 10:44 AM
Elias posted a promo video for the Las Vegas Summer League.
Elias Harris ‏@EliasJMHarris

Game 1 vs. Cleveland 5pm PT! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVwsWO2prHE&feature=youtu.be

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 10:53 AM
A couple of tweets:
Jay King ‏@ByJayKing

Olynyk's proof that athleticism doesn't mean just running fast and jumping high. Very coordinated in all of his movements, obviously.
-________________________________
Marc D'Amico ‏@Marc_DAmico 5m

There has been a lot of talk about Olynyk needing to put on weight. I agree, but he's been playing through contact very well this week.
Evan Dunlap ‏@BQRMagic

Kelly Olynyk dives to the rim and flips in a layup as time expires. Celtics 61, Magic 36 at halftime.
Jay King ‏@ByJayKing

Olynyk (10 pts, 4 rebs in 11 minutes) one of three Celtics in double figures. Their halftime lead is lots, 61-36.

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 11:43 AM
Kelly must be feeling like he's in magic land. Dr. J is in the house in Orlando!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Tg4cGl8rJOQ/UeBcGn3J4QI/AAAAAAABgSI/BWHXfUMHtEk/s500/Julius%2520Irving.jpg

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 11:54 AM
Celtics win it 102-83 (http://www.nba.com/games/20130712/ORLBOS/gameinfo.html).

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-obN7ifbSzL0/UeBec6joBWI/AAAAAAABgSo/6i-_nRxi1BA/s800/2013-07-12%2520Kelly%2520Olynyk%2520Box%2520score%2520Orla ndo.jpg

ZaGranny
07-12-2013, 01:38 PM
Kelly Olynyk ‏@KellyOlynyk 9m
Went to the Gatorade Sports Science Institute yesterday to learn a little more about myself and how my… http://instagram.com/p/brlDh9ActI/
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Love that he's always learning! Be sure to look at the pic.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-12-2013, 01:44 PM
http://www.boston.com/sports/2013/07/12/celtics-crushing-victory-closes-out-their-summer-league/cD4vgReIS5ZznSV8Yl5TyK/story.html

Celtics’ crushing victory closes out their summer league

ORLANDO – Behind a balanced scoring effort from several players, the Celtics closed out summer league play here Friday by crushing the hometown Magic, 102-83, on the Magic’s practice court at the Amway Center. The Celtics finished summer league with a 3-2 record.

The Celtics led, 29-14, after the first quarter. They held a 61-36 lead at halftime. It wasn’t much of a game, obviously, and it looked more like the Celtics were looking forward to their flight back home. The Magic made the score look reasonable during garbage time.

Celtics rookie 7-footer Kelly Olynyk had 12 points and 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. Fellow rookie 7-footer Colton Iverson had 10 points and 6 rebounds in about 13 minutes.


More at link

ZaGranny

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 03:03 PM
KO one of two rookies to make the All-Summer League First Team, per OrlandoPinstripedPost.com (http://www.orlandopinstripedpost.com/2013/7/12/4518812/2013-nba-summer-league-awards-stats-orlando-victor-oladipo-kelly-olynyk-jeremy-lamb):

With the Orlando Pro Summer League concluded, the Orlando Magic have announced the All-Summer League First and Second Teams.

The First Team is composed of guards Victor Oladipo (19 points, 4.3 rebounds, five assists, and three steals) of the Orlando Magic and Jeremy Lamb (18.8 points, four rebounds, 3.8 assists) of the Oklahoma City Thunder; forwards Terrence Jones (15.8 points, seven rebounds) of the Houston Rockets and Kelly Olynyk (18 points, 7.8 rebounds) of the Boston Celtics; and center Andre Drummond (15.5 points, 14.8 rebounds, 2.5 steals, two blocks) of the Detroit Pistons.

OZZY
07-12-2013, 03:41 PM
Do Boston play anywhere else in a Summer leagues 2013?

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 03:50 PM
Do Boston play anywhere else in a Summer leagues 2013?I don't think so, OZZY.

ZaGranny
07-12-2013, 03:52 PM
KG and Pierce Trade Becomes Official Today: Meanwhile Kelly Olynyk is Dominating [Video]
Hayden Bird July 12th 2013, 3:45pm
Sports , News, Boston Celtics

http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2013/07/12/kg-and-pierce-trade-becomes-official-today-meanwhile-kelly-olynyk-is-dominating-video/


In fact, by the looks of the man that Ainge got to help fill the enormous hole left by Pierce and Garnett's departure, there might even be something to be excited about.

Meet Kelly Olynyk, who the Celtics traded for after he was originally selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 13th pick. He looks a little bit like Shaun White (if you were to stretch Shaun White out so that he was seven feet tall).


And after being drafted, he's been doing very well in the NBA Summer League. Averaging 19.5 points and 8 rebounds a game, he is by no means on track to replace KG or Pierce just yet.

Still, should he turn out to be (at the very least) an effective player, it would clearly help a team that is without a doubt rebuilding.

Videos include highlights from Gonzaga, highlights from summer league and the Jalen Rose Bill Simmons "Job Interview".

MOre at the link.

ZaGranny

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 03:53 PM
Ten minutes to tip-off for the Cavs (Josh) and the Lakers (Rob and Elias).

Go Zags!

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 04:09 PM
Elias starts ... and scores!

Live stats (http://www.nba.com/games/20130712/CLELAL/gameinfo.html)

I forgot Delly was on that Cavs team. Really like to see him do well.

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 04:33 PM
These announcers are driving me crazy. No play-by-play calling, lots of jawing...

TheGonzagaFactor
07-12-2013, 04:55 PM
Rob and Elias looking good!

I'm glad to see the Lakers start EH and give him a chance. He will get lots of PT in Vegas.

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 05:12 PM
Boy, it's going to be a tough stretch in Vegas with these announcers, obviously disinterested in what's going on on the floor. Got to give up and just mute the sound.

Radbooks
07-12-2013, 05:20 PM
Boy, it's going to be a tough stretch in Vegas with these announcers, obviously disinterested in what's going on on the floor. Got to give up and just mute the sound.

+1

What's the point of having announcers if they're just going to talk to other people? And then taking the camera off of the action to show the coach they're talking to is driving me crazy too. The guys in Orlando were much better.

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 05:30 PM
Delly's still not the prettiest guy on the floor, is he?

Oregonzagnut
07-12-2013, 05:37 PM
Speaking of "not pretty", both teams should just stop taking three's and stick to working the ball inside. I cannot remember when EH ever took 3 treys in a game.

Ugly 3 pt shooting equally by all.

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 06:03 PM
Box Scores:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vwV4DubumzQ/UeC0xAlyKRI/AAAAAAABgTI/yrRYj1tcNKc/s750/2013-07-12%2520Lakers%2520Box%2520Score.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nZJeoBNLo5o/UeC1QEqz6cI/AAAAAAABgTQ/taNzX4vPmho/s750/2013-07-12%2520Cavs%2520Box%2520Score.jpg

ZaGranny
07-12-2013, 06:17 PM
http://www.nba.com/celtics/video/2013/07/12/KELLYOLYNYK1ON1FRIDAYSUMMERLEAGU-2538556

ZaGranny

Oregonzagnut
07-12-2013, 06:25 PM
http://www.nba.com/celtics/video/2013/07/12/KELLYOLYNYK1ON1FRIDAYSUMMERLEAGU-2538556

ZaGranny

Wow, that steal he had @0:53 was awesome! Congrats Kelly.

Also congrats to Harris, Heytvelt, Downs, Sacre and even congrats to Delly!

ZaGranny
07-12-2013, 06:31 PM
Kelly's Video

It took awhile to load and play, but I enjoyed it.

Worth the wait.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-12-2013, 06:37 PM
http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/boston_celtics_summer_league_2_3.html

Boston Celtics summer league 2013: Coach wants Kelly Olynyk to improve 'everything' on defense, excited about rookie pairing with Jared Sullinger


"I'd say it was productive," said assistant coach Jay Larranaga, who served as the head coach of the summer Celtics. "He showed that he has a lot of skill, he has a lot of offensive ability. We'll have to find different ways that we can best utilize that."

There's a but coming, though.

"He also showed that he needs to improve defensively," said Larranaga. "He had teams going at him. He's a competitor so I have no fear about him competing, but just stepping up to the NBA level of defense and talent will be something that all rookies have to go through."

I felt Olynyk held his own defensively. He clearly doesn't have the lateral quickness of, say, Serge Ibaka, but he stood strong in the post against Orlando's Andrew Nicholson earlier in the week, helped hold Houston's Terrence Jones to 3-12 shooting Wednesday and generally seemed to be in the right position most of the time. Olynyk struggled on occasion to keep Jones in front of him and picked up fouls quite frequently, but I thought he was okay as a defender.

Larranaga's more trained than I am at knowing how much work Olynyk needs to defend players at the next level, though.

"Everything," he said when asked which specific parts of the 7-footer's defense need improvement. "Specifically, everything."


Much more at link

ZaGranny

TheGonzagaFactor
07-12-2013, 08:17 PM
Speaking of "not pretty", both teams should just stop taking three's and stick to working the ball inside. I cannot remember when EH ever took 3 treys in a game.

Ugly 3 pt shooting equally by all.

He took 3+ treys 11 times his junior year and 3 times his senior year.

He knows he has to demonstrate the ability to play SF if he's going to stick on an NBA roster.

Oregonzagnut
07-12-2013, 09:00 PM
He took 3+ treys 11 times his junior year and 3 times his senior year.

Thank you for finding that out, but my "not remembering" was just my way of saying he was never an NCAA perimeter shooter and IMO, he should not try to force it from the NBA line. He shot 17% last year! Nobody was making threes on either team so it didn't stand out significantly. If Harris's threes were wide open,(and I bet they were) then he should take them, and apparently everyone did today. no biggie.

Let me be more clear. IMO, he needs to be who he is right now and do it the best he ever has: An undersized power forward who can dominate in smaller lineups.

This is literally an NBA job interview for a 6 figure salary job. Its not practice or a glorified hoop fest. This isn't the time to experiment with your game. These aren't meaningless scrimmages. You don't go to a job interview and highlight your weaknesses, you highlight your strengths, and he DID highlight his strengths! He was the 3rd leading scorer and the leading rebounder! He was a star today!!! I just pointed out both the positive things in his stats and the not so positive things. 0-3 from Harris from the NBA three pt line is not surprising for anyone.

I am very proud of Elias and he represented Gonzaga a big way on a big stage and I am in no way trying to be negative. It just conversation.

ZagNative
07-12-2013, 09:03 PM
ZaGranny, that MassLive.com article you posted was just terrific! It included a link to another article (http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/boston_celtics_news_2013_brad.html) that included this comment by Brad Stevens about KO:
In praise of rookie Kelly Olynyk

Olynyk has spent the last few days outplaying every other rookie in the Orlando summer league, so it’s no surprise that his new coach said he really likes his game. Stevens said that while some rookies underperform and use age as an excuse, he met with Olynyk and told the 7-footer he should set higher goals.

“I sat down with him the other day, and I just told him, a lot of people will use their rookie year or their second year or their third year as an excuse for not being the best that they can be because they have this transition/grace period. And then there’s other guys that make the All-Rookie team. And I think that certainly should be a goal, and he’s certainly capable,” Stevens said. “He’s a very good player, he’s a very skilled player. He has a great feel for the game, and I just like him. I like him as a person. He’s a very driven young man, so I’m looking forward to coaching him.”

maynard g krebs
07-12-2013, 09:44 PM
he was never an NCAA perimeter shooter

29/70 (.414) as a jr, 18/51 (.353) as a soph. ESPN doesn't list fr year, but memory says he was ok. Lost confidence last year after some misses. Never isn't accurate. Whether he can get it back is an open question; a matter of regaining confidence and rhythm; he's proven he can make the open jumper.

Oregonzagnut
07-12-2013, 10:47 PM
29/70 (.414) as a jr, 18/51 (.353) as a soph. ESPN doesn't list fr year, but memory says he was ok. Lost confidence last year after some misses. Never isn't accurate. Whether he can get it back is an open question; a matter of regaining confidence and rhythm; he's proven he can make the open jumper.

He was 45% his frosh year. I literally stand corrected, but the statement wasn't meant to be taken literally. We agree to disagree with the premiss of what I think his strengths are. If you think he should shoot threes and "shoot to get hot" then so be it. I do not think this is the time to experiment or risk.

I think Few honed Harris's game away from a perimeter game and more towards a PF game. Harris needs more than 3 months to find an NBA SF game.

I'm getting cranky. Its past my bedtime. And I am guilty of using absolutes in my conversations.

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 08:05 AM
http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2013/07/kevin_mchale_big_fan_of_kelly_olynyk_s_game

Kevin McHale big fan of Kelly Olynyk’s game
Saturday, July 13, 2013 PrintEmail Comments (10)
By:
Steve Bulpett

ORLANDO, Fla. — The first wave to hit the shore after the Celtics began summer league play carried a shipload of praise for Kelly Olynyk, with some of the comparisons bordering on the clinically insane.
So, accordingly, it wasn’t surprising that the next high tide brought a round of suggestions that a general jet cooling was in order.
But the kid can play.

And while Kelly Olynyk is not Kevin McHale, it is important to note that no less an expert on the matter than Kevin McHale thinks the Celtics rookie is pretty damn good.
“I like him,” said the Celts legend and current Rockets coach. “I like him a lot.
“I tell you what, he does some interesting stuff. I was telling our guys that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a guy get an offensive rebound and just quick lay it over the rim like he did out there. No one else reacted. You play by yourself when you do that, because people aren’t reacting like you are.
“He’s learned how to play step-throughs, pump fakes and stuff. I mean, he does a lot of interesting stuff. And for a young kid, he’s got good vision.
“He’s just a very nice, nice player. He does a lot of old-school stuff.”

More at the link.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 08:13 AM
http://www.masslive.com/celtics/index.ssf/2013/07/boston_celtics_summer_league_a.html

Boston Celtics summer league awards 2013: Kelly Olynyk takes home MassLive.com's MVP, plus other awards


The Kinger Award for Most Valuable Player goes too…
Kelly Olynyk. Who else?

With the exception of Andre Drummond, Boston’s first-round draft pick had a better week in Orlando than anyone else. He averaged 18.0 points and 7.8 rebounds on 57.8 percent shooting, showed the makings of a nice 3-point stroke, made the first team All-Orlando Pro Summer League, earned the praise of anyone who watched (including but not at all limited to Kevin McHale), and inspired a bundle of (probably ill-advised) Dirk Nowitzki comparisons, including one from teammate Shavlik Randolph.

This award was pretty much wrapped up on the first day. By Day 2, Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard had tweeted that he liked Olynyk’s game. On Day 3, Courtney Lee and Jeff Green gushed about their new, long-haired teammate, and the rave reviews didn’t stop there.

After such a nice week in Orlando, I still don’t know exactly how Olynyk will fare in the NBA. But I’m excited to find out.

Honorable mention: Nobody was even close

(Note from ZaGranny--the awards were just for Boston Celtics Summer League)

Other awards and week highlights (lowlights?) at the link.

ZaGranny

MTZag03
07-13-2013, 08:28 AM
Can't wait for more action from all these guys (yes, including Delly). Grats to everyone and good luck.

DixieZag
07-13-2013, 08:30 AM
Just wow.

And here I was one who thought that because he wasn't pure muscle and jumping over the backboard that his game wouldn't really translate to the NBA. Real compliment from McHale - who also couldn't jump out of the gym - about being "old school". I guess that means that a drop step and quick put backs are so out of style that someone who can do it fools defenses.

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 10:04 AM
http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakersnow/la-sp-ln-lakers-drop-las-vegas-summer-league-opener-cleveland-20130712,0,6914670.story

LAS VEGAS -- The Lakers did something that would be unusual in any game, summer league or otherwise: None of their starters scored in double figures.

That's the way it goes for the Lakers here in the Las Vegas Summer League, where their epic struggles continued Friday evening at Cox Pavilion during a 70-62 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Lakers are now 8-19 in summer league play since 2007, including 0-1 this summer, 1-4 in 2012 and 0-5 in 2010.

Lakers forward Elias Harris scored nine points, tops among the starters. Center Robert Sacre, the only player assured of making the Lakers' roster next season, scored five points on two-for-five shooting. That was a trend for a team that shot 31.8%, making only six of 28 three-pointers.

more at link.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 10:30 AM
http://m.gozags.com/mobile/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=208675861

SPOKANE, Wash. – Former Gonzaga University standout Kelly Olynyk completed play in the 2013 Orlando NBA Summer League Friday with 12 points and 7 rebounds in a 102-83 win over the Orlando Magic to give the Celtics seventh place in the 10-team league.

Former Zag Micah Downs averaged 6.5 ppg for the Indiana Pacers over four games. He scored a high of 14 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. He also averaged 2.3 rpg.

Olynyk, named to the All-League team and considered the top rookie, finished Summer League play averaging 18.0 ppg for second overall – Reggie Jackson of Oklahoma City averaged 19.5 ppg but played just two games – and 7.8 rpg. He had two 20-point games, including a high of 25 against Orlando in the Summer League opener.

Meanwhile, the 22-team Las Vegas Summer League began its 10-day run Friday with four Bulldogs dotting rosters. Robert Sacre and Elias Harris are with the Los Angeles Lakers, Downs is with the Toronto Raptors and Josh Heytvelt was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

More at link.

accessed through Jim Meehan's twitter

ZaGranny

maynard g krebs
07-13-2013, 10:34 AM
He was 45% his frosh year. I literally stand corrected, but the statement wasn't meant to be taken literally. We agree to disagree with the premiss of what I think his strengths are. If you think he should shoot threes and "shoot to get hot" then so be it. I do not think this is the time to experiment or risk.



I actually agree with a lot of what you said about his strengths. And I don't think he's a shooter. But he was a guy who could make an open shot and had to be guarded on the perimeter, which helped to open up the drive for him. IMO to have any chance at all, he needs to show he can shoot the open jumper like he did his first 3 years.

If he could rebound on an elite level like guys his size like Roberson of Colorado or Kazemi of Oregon, he might have a shot as an undersized 4. But I think he needs to show he can hit the open shot to have a ghost of a chance. That's all.

DixieZag
07-13-2013, 11:40 AM
I actually agree with a lot of what you said about his strengths. And I don't think he's a shooter. But he was a guy who could make an open shot and had to be guarded on the perimeter, which helped to open up the drive for him. IMO to have any chance at all, he needs to show he can shoot the open jumper like he did his first 3 years.

If he could rebound on an elite level like guys his size like Roberson of Colorado or Kazemi of Oregon, he might have a shot as an undersized 4. But I think he needs to show he can hit the open shot to have a ghost of a chance. That's all.

Agree. Again with the caveat that I know very little about the NBA, it seems to me that he just suffers from that "in-between" body - too big and not fast enough (or elite shooting) to be a 3-wing and not big, long enough to be a four.

Fortunately, he calls Germany home and if things don't work out here, I think he will be very wanted in the elite leagues there - plus he will be awfully savy about the opportunities and play for a long time. Plus, he is smart as hell and will have a life after basketball.

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 11:51 AM
http://greenstreet.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/2013/07/13/living-the-very-un-nba-life-that-is-the-orlando-summer-league/


LIVING THE VERY UN-NBA LIFE THAT IS THE ORLANDO SUMMER LEAGUE
07.13.13 at 11:24 am ET
By John Karalis


Yes, the environment during these games can be unforgiving.

But most of these guys love it.

“I’m really having fun out there and having fun with my team,” said first-round pick (and summer league star) Kelly Olynyk. “It’s a great group of guys, a great group of coaches, very encouraging.”

Strip away all the ancillary stuff like crowds and a PA announcer, and what these guys have been doing out there all week is simply playing basketball. For the purists who want to hear and see every little bit of detail, this is a little slice of bliss.

“It’s been great,” new head coach Brad Stevens told me this week. “I’ve been able to get to the gym and sit, and listen, and talk, and evaluate and then I can go back to my room and work. So it’s been a great balance.”

More at the link.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 11:53 AM
http://hardwoodhoudini.com/2013/07/13/kelly-olynyk-named-to-all-orlando-summer-league-team/

How quickly things can change in the NBA. On Draft night many fans were left questioning Danny Ainge’s decision to trade up for Kelly Olynyk. Celtics’ fans are now wondering if they got the steal of the Draft after Olynyk’s summer league performance.
Olynyk averaged 18 points and 7.8 rebounds during the five games, including an eye-opening 25 points in his first game against the Orlando Magic.

His impressive numbers earned him the honor of All-Orlando Summer League Team. He was joined by Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Victor Oladipo, and Andre Drummond.
Olynyk showed his unique skill-set as a 7-footer throughout the week. One of the more memorable plays of summer league was Olynyk grabbing a defensive rebound, dribbling it the entire way up the court before using a jump-stop at the bucket and laying it in over a defender.
He consistently displayed the ability to knock down perimeter jumpers. When defenders closed out too hard for fear of him shooting, he would put the ball on the floor and attack the basket.

More at link.

ZaGranny

Oregonzagnut
07-13-2013, 12:30 PM
But I think he needs to show he can hit the open shot to have a ghost of a chance.

I agree with you as well that he does need to show he can hit the open shot. It is the most basic of basketball skills next to dribbling. But 0-3, does not help that. If he can try 2-3 per game and end up with at least a 30% average, he will prove he has range and that he has upside for a 24 yr old. Plus it is the NBA range, as I said before and everyone was missing.

One thing is for sure, I can't wait for his next game and we will see what happens after the summer league how Elias fares and what his shot selection and rebounding prowess was. Either way, he impressed people, and that proves he "has a ghost of a chance" no matter what. 3's or no 3's. At least IMO.

Q: Anyone watch the game? Were Harris's 3's wide open or contested?

FieldHouseFishHouse
07-13-2013, 01:01 PM
I agree with you as well that he does need to show he can hit the open shot. It is the most basic of basketball skills next to dribbling. But 0-3, does not help that. If he can try 2-3 per game and end up with at least a 30% average, he will prove he has range and that he has upside for a 24 yr old. Plus it is the NBA range, as I said before and everyone was missing.

One thing is for sure, I can't wait for his next game and we will see what happens after the summer league how Elias fares and what his shot selection and rebounding prowess was. Either way, he impressed people, and that proves he "has a ghost of a chance" no matter what. 3's or no 3's. At least IMO.

Q: Anyone watch the game? Were Harris's 3's wide open or contested?

I watched some of the second half and saw a couple of those shots. He was basically open, guys were ducking into the paint and kicking it out to him. He wasn't taking crossover-step back-threes or anything, he got the ball while open on the three point line.
On one shot in particular he followed his miss and came up with the rebound, in my opinion he got hacked on the putback but there was no call.

Oregonzagnut
07-13-2013, 01:20 PM
I watched some of the second half and saw a couple of those shots. He was basically open, guys were ducking into the paint and kicking it out to him. He wasn't taking crossover-step back-threes or anything, he got the ball while open on the three point line.
On one shot in particular he followed his miss and came up with the rebound, in my opinion he got hacked on the putback but there was no call.

That is kinda what I would assume. We also can remember they have some practices and scrimmages before the summer league, so maybe Elias was hitting them during practices.

Thanks FHFH!

Zags_Fanatic
07-13-2013, 02:10 PM
I saw KO in downtown Spokane this afternoon. Had to do a double take because I couldn't believe he came back so quickly after Summer League.

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 04:01 PM
Kelly Olynyk ‏@KellyOlynyk 1h
Orlando was real! Summer league was an awesome experience, and a success! Had a great time, learned a lot, and got to play the game I love!

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 04:36 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/one-wrong-one-fab-melo-kelly-olynyk-represent-225600748.html

One Wrong One Right: Fab Melo and Kelly Olynyk Represent Two Alternate Futures for the Boston Celtics

By Warren Shaw | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 1 hour 35 minutes ago

COMMENTARY| The NBA's summer league gives teams and fans a glimpse of the talent (or lack thereof) that their roster may possess for the upcoming season. It's important to remain calm on all levels when making assessments on the participants in summer league, but sometimes attention-grabbing play occurs. Fab Melo and Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics have both opened eyes with their play this summer, but for very different reasons.

More at the link.


ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 04:41 PM
This all sounds familiar, but it has a BC spin.

http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Olynyk+lighting+summer+league/8657243/story.html

Olynyk lighting up NBA summer league

Kamloops product second in league scoring as he impresses the Celtics, media ... and everyone else

BY TONY GALLAGHER, THE PROVINCE JULY 13, 2013 5:07 PM


One of the most often trotted-out clichés about the NBA summer league is that it doesn’t tell you who can play in the League, but it tells you who can’t.

And if there is one thing that Kamloops’ Kelly Olynyk proved during his rigorous week in Orlando playing for the Boston Celtics summer league team this past few days, it’s that he certainly didn’t disqualify himself.

In fact, it was quite the opposite, the commentators on NBA TV talking about what he was showing incessantly throughout the games all week.

No, check that; it bordered on raving, about his quickness for a big man, his agility, the way he sees the floor, the unselfishness, you name it. They stopped just short of saying he could multiply loaves and fishes, but the implication that he might try even this was clearly in the offing.

And yes, he had a wonderful week, finishing second in league scoring, averaging 18.0 points per over his five games to the 19.5 per of Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson, who played just two games.

And he showed through all the absurd slavering which included “he might be the rookie of the year,” that, in fact, he’ll have a chance to perhaps get some decent minutes this season with a Celtics team that will be going through the transition of a new coach and playing without Kevin Garnett.

With Celtics president and GM Danny Ainge front and centre, Olynyk did everything right in his first three games, and in the fourth, when fatigue was clearly setting into his legs and he missed all his five three-point shots, he still finished 8-14 from the floor with a bushel of offensive rebounds.

MOe at the Link

ZaGranny

katman50
07-13-2013, 06:33 PM
ZaGranny,

Really appreciate your posts and the links about Kelly's summer league play. I have watched a few of the Celtic's games online and it has been fun. Definitely too early to project Kelly as a future All-Star or even a starter, but I sure love what I see. Again, thanks for your contributions to the board. Please keep it up!!

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 06:48 PM
I am not able to get the link to work to stream Micah's game. Anybody who can, please post how he is dong.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 06:53 PM
ZaGranny,

Really appreciate your posts and the links about Kelly's summer league play. I have watched a few of the Celtic's games online and it has been fun. Definitely too early to project Kelly as a future All-Star or even a starter, but I sure love what I see. Again, thanks for your contributions to the board. Please keep it up!!

Thanks, Katman.

It's going to be a lot of fun to follow him.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-13-2013, 07:10 PM
I am not able to get the link to work to stream Micah's game. Anybody who can, please post how he is dong.

ZaGranny

They will be playing the recording of this game tomorrow at 9:00 on NBA TV, which leads me to hope that other games--Lakers etc, at Thomas and Mack will also be re=broadcast.

ZaGranny

ZAGGED OUT
07-13-2013, 07:44 PM
Micha with 9 minutes, 1/4 FG, 1/3 3pt, 1/2 FT, and 1 assist in the first half. The assist was a nice drive and dish ti Quincy Acy for a dunk.

Oregonzagnut
07-13-2013, 07:57 PM
According to the stats, out of 151 players in Orlando, Kelly was 1st in scoring, 4th in rebounding, 6th in steals, 16th in assists. (4 games). Also and efficiency rating of 21.4.

And IMO, 1st in hard work, hype, hair!

ZaGranny
07-14-2013, 07:51 AM
They will be playing the recording of this game tomorrow at 9:00 on NBA TV, which leads me to hope that other games--Lakers etc, at Thomas and Mack will also be re=broadcast.

ZaGranny


The replay must have started at 8:30--they are 8 minutes into the first quarter now.

ZaGranny

ZaGranny
07-14-2013, 08:07 AM
Boston Celtics Summer League Review and Analysis
By Kevin O'Connor  @Kevin__OConnor on Jul 14 2013, 3:13a

Some of this sounds familiar--he may be repeating himself--but it is dated this AM.

High expectations for Olynyk

This summer Kelly Olynyk proved that he has everything in his toolbox on offense and was named to the all-tournament first team. The power forward out of Gonzaga averaged 18 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game, with a 57.8 shooting percentage from the floor. With a perimeter jumper, an advanced low-post game, elite instincts, great passing ability, and a high motor, Kelly Olynyk has given Boston Celtics fans a reason to have great expectations for him this upcoming season.

Even though summer league accolades are no organization's ultimate goal for a player, the organization should be very impressed with their first round draft pick so far. Not enough can be said for the amount of versatility he displayed on offense. Gonzaga fans already knew about his large repertoire of post moves but it was a pleasant surprise for some C's fans. Whether it was a one-footed fadeaway, an up-and-under move, or even just a basic drop-step, Olynyk showed confidence and heaps of experience with his post-game. And how could you not notice him? Kelly "The Big KO" Olynyk sticks out immediately with his shoulder-length hair that flows in the air as he runs up and down the court.

More at the link.

ZaGranny

gamagin
07-14-2013, 08:08 AM
great stuff ! !

ZaGranny
07-14-2013, 09:32 AM
http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2013/07/14/interview-with-robert-sacre/

Interview With Robert Sacre
Rey Moralde — July 14, 2013 — 4 Comments
After the Lakers’ summer league game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, we managed to get Robert Sacre to talk to us about how his rookie year was, what he’s working on, and other things.

FORUM BLUE & GOLD: How would you describe your rookie year?

ROBERT SACRE: I think I’ve seen more in one year than most guys have seen in five. That’s basically how I can wrap it all up in one year.

FB&G: Pau Gasol is still on the team. Chris Kaman was just signed. What are your individual goals with you possibly being the fourth big man (Jordan Hill is still on the team) on the team?

RS: Just to bring a lot of energy and get some playing time. You gotta focus on being able to get on the court by any means necessary.

FB&G: A lot of people don’t look at the Lakers any more as a championship team. Is that what we should look at them as?

RS: No. Not at all. We’re just as competitive and hungry like any teams going for the championship. I think we’re up there.

FB&G: We saw you shoot a couple of jumpers in (your summer league game against Cleveland). We even saw you shoot a three! Besides those jumpers, what part of your game are you working at?

RS: I’m just working on my all-around game. Be able to distribute, pass, and always play defense.

FB&G: Lastly, the Lakers just hired Mark Madsen as the assistant coach. Who is the better dancer? You or Mark?

RS: Me. Hands down. I hold it down with the dance moves.

We’d like to thank the always-entertaining Robert Sacre for a couple of minutes of his time.

ZaGranny
07-14-2013, 04:13 PM
http://celticshub.com/2013/07/14/celtics-summer-league-roundup/

We saw a lot of intriguing basketball (note: intriguing basketball, not particularly “good” basketball) over the last week, including some players who might actually make the roster. Let’s work our way through the Summer League roster in order.
Certainties
Kelly Olynyk: Olynyk’s competition was nowhere near stiff enough for us to get a solid read on what the Celtics have, but at very least, it seems safe to say that Olynyk could be a legitimate starter in the NBA. If you judge athleticism solely by speed and leaping ability, Olynyk is less athletic than many of the players he will face in the pros, but his footwork is extremely advanced for a player his age, and he sees the floor very well for a big man. Summer League announcers, when they weren’t busy discussing roster moves around the NBA instead of the in-game action, brought up the fact that Olynyk was a guard before a late growth spurt, which makes a lot of sense when you watch him play.
This could be a lot of fun.

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We will have plenty more as more players receive their training camp invites. Until then, the Celtics are done playing until training camp, which is just enough time for us to order our customizable Olynyk jerseys.

More at link on other platyers.

ZaGranny

ZagNative
07-14-2013, 05:08 PM
Cleveland vs. Memphis on now. Live Stats (http://www.nba.com/games/20130714/CLEMEM/gameinfo.html?ls=slt)

I want Josh to do well, dagnabit!

Lakers played earlier but wasn't televised. Will be delayed on NBA TV until 10:30 PM. Highlight video here (http://www.nba.com/video/games/blazers/2013/07/14/20130714-sl-lal-por-recap.nba).

Looks like Elias and Rob both did well in the 81-63 (http://www.nba.com/games/20130714/LALPOR/gameinfo.html?ls=slt) victory:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-oPPXyjVr7Co/UeNIBBHOXyI/AAAAAAABgfw/J8Hp2lAJdZM/s750/2013-07-14%2520Lakers.jpg

Couple of commentaries:

From Lakeshowlife.com (http://lakeshowlife.com/2013/07/14/lakers-cruise-to-81-63-win-over-blazers/):

For the Lakers, Robert Sacre anchored a very solid defensive effort. The big man finished with 8 points, 8 boards, 2 steals and 1 block, but was active all night, forcing missed shots and keeping loose balls alive. Elias Harris also continued his energetic play as he added 9 points himself, including a big dunk over Leonard in the first half. Despite not making a field goal,
And Forum Blue and Gold (http://www.forumblueandgold.com/):

Let me reiterate that it is Summer League. But the Lakers Summer League team looked really good out there as they beat the Blazers, 81-63.

Just a few notes out there.

*Robert Sacre looked really good as an anchor of the defense. He hedged very well against shooters and did a nice job protecting the rim and getting in front of his man. He even had a nice post move against Meyers Leonard that was a bit reminiscent of Pau Gasol. If he can get that jumper down, he can definitely stay in this league.

ZagNative
07-14-2013, 06:22 PM
Zags night out in Vegas ...
Elias Harris ‏@EliasJMHarris

Time for some dinner with the big dawg Rob Sacre!

Oregonzagnut
07-14-2013, 07:09 PM
Can we just sticky this thread until the summer league is over?

Sacre is a really nice guy too. I loved it when he made eye contact with his fans and winked while he was on the court during warm ups and after the game.

I personally got 2 winks from him at 2 different games and he is really fan friendly. A smile can make all the difference in the world and I still feel good that he actually acknowledged my existence.

webspinnre
07-14-2013, 07:14 PM
Can we just sticky this thread until the summer league is over?

Sacre is a really nice guy too. I loved it when he made eye contact with his fans and winked while he was on the court during warm ups and after the game.

I personally got 2 winks from him at 2 different games and he is really fan friendly. A smile can make all the difference in the world.

Good call.


Zags night out in Vegas ...

Better be Rob's treat! :)

zagfaninmt
07-15-2013, 10:33 AM
Elias is among the three SL candidates this writer thinks has the best chance of making the roster: http://lakeshowlife.com/2013/07/15/summer-league-preview-lakers-vs-clippers/

ZagNative
07-15-2013, 11:01 AM
Elias is among the three SL candidates this writer thinks has the best chance of making the roster: http://lakeshowlife.com/2013/07/15/summer-league-preview-lakers-vs-clippers/Thanks!

3. Elias Harris - Coming in, Harris was a bit of an afterthought. He was an athletic hybrid forward, but there wasn’t much of a need for him on the Lakers. However, Harris has played himself into contention with his break-neck play style. He attacks the rim with tenacity and while he needs to work on finishing at the rim, he’s shown he can rebound and could be an energy guy off the bench.

jimmy b
07-15-2013, 11:59 AM
Elias is among the three SL candidates this writer thinks has the best chance of making the roster: http://lakeshowlife.com/2013/07/15/summer-league-preview-lakers-vs-clippers/

thanks. 2 tied at #1 so really 4th listed. Hope he continues to play well. Maybe a breakout game today at 5 PST against the clippers (NBA TV).

ZaGranny
07-15-2013, 01:38 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1704400-complete-profile-for-boston-celtics-rookie-kelly-olynyk-summer-league-edition

ZaGranny
07-15-2013, 01:43 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1704400-complete-profile-for-boston-celtics-rookie-kelly-olynyk-summer-league-edition

I know some folks don't like BR, but this is an interesting analysis.

Complete Profile for Boston Celtics Rookie Kelly Olynyk
BY JONATHAN WASSERMAN (NBA LEAD WRITER) ON JULY 15, 2013
657 reads 2


If you didn't know any better, you'd think Kelly Olynyk was a seasoned NBA veteran toying with inferior competition at the Orlando Summer League.

Olynyk, the No. 13 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, averaged 18 points and 7.8 rebounds on 57 percent shooting in five games.

He was the best player on the floor for just about every moment he graced it. Olynyk showed that his offensive skill set is far more advanced than any other big man at the event.

Here's a look at how Olynyk's offensive versatility allows him to be in scoring position whenever he has the ball.


More at the link, looking at three areas:

Recognizing Scoring Opportunities, Ability to Execute

Counter Offense

Pick-and-Pop

It includes photos and videos illustrating the above areas.

ZaGranny

OZZY
07-15-2013, 03:57 PM
Thanks ZaGranny for the link.

The analysis is spot on IMHO, and it is great that people are being able to quantify Kelly's ability, rather than just summing it up by saying basketball IQ!

He will be able to compete at NBA level even without the wide wingspan and 40" vertical!

He is a very intelligent young man...............both on and off the court!

Oregonzagnut
07-15-2013, 04:23 PM
More at the link, looking at three areas:

Recognizing Scoring Opportunities, Ability to Execute

Counter Offense

Pick-and-Pop

It includes photos and videos illustrating the above areas.

ZaGranny
I would add the "Up and Under" (another post move) AND a 3 pt, perimeter shooting touch.

ZagNative
07-15-2013, 05:09 PM
Elias with 8 points and Rob with 6, with 5:58 left in the 3rd, Lakers lead the Clippers 48.43, on NBA TV. Live stats (http://www.nba.com/games/20130715/LACLAL/gameinfo.html)