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08-19-2013, 08:02 PM

NBA Sunday: Five Rookies to Watch in 2013-14
By Bill Ingram

Kelly Olynyk, Boston Celtics Ė Itís never wise to put too much emphasis in summer league play as a way to determine just how good a player might be as a pro. But thereís no question that Bostonís Kelly Olynyk was the best player on the court in Orlando, so good that many in attendance started calling him the Canadian Dirk Nowitzki. He can hit from just about anywhere on the court, but can also get into the paint and make some things happen down low. He doesnít have Nowitzkiís range or his savvy, of course, but he played so well that it was easy to see why the comparison was made, even if it was somewhat of a wink-wink comparison. The Celtics should have plenty of minutes for Olynyk, and heíll be one of the guys youíll want to watch right out of the gates.

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Summer Forecast: Center of attention
August, 19, 2013
AUG 19
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Today's Celtics Summer Forecast topic: Who starts at center?


For three weeks in August, we'll break up the summer doldrums by trying to predict exactly how the 2013-14 season will play out for the Boston Celtics. A rundown and recap of the series:

* Aug. 14: Predict the record
* Aug. 15: How does 2013-14 season end?
* Aug. 16: Gone by November?
* Aug. 19: Who starts at center?
* Aug. 20: Expectations for Kelly Olynyk?
* Aug. 21: When will Rajon Rondo return?
* Aug. 22: The biggest overachiever?
* Aug. 23: The biggest underachiever?
* Aug. 26: Who emerges as team MVP?
* Aug. 27: Expectations for Jeff Green?
* Aug. 28: Expectations for Avery Bradley?
* Aug. 29: Most intriguing game?
* Aug. 30: Most intriguing camp storyline?
The Celtics have no shortage of big men on their roster. The trouble is that nearly all of them project more at the power forward spot than at NBA center. Fortunately for Boston, the league has been shifting to smaller lineups and there are few dominant centers any more in this league (especially in the East), allowing the Celtics to sort of mix and match at the 4 and 5 spots. This is nothing new after Boston moved Kevin Garnett to center duties in each of the past two seasons.

In our panel vote, rookie Kelly Olynyk landed a team-best 40 percent of the vote to start at center, while Kris Humphries was next at 33.3 percent. Brandon Bass, Vitor Faverani, and Jared Sullinger all landed votes as well, but were distant finishers.

With all the new faces, it's likely that the center position won't be determined until training camp when coach Brad Stevens can mix and match his personnel and get a sense of who fits best together (remember, Stevens puts a high value on lineup combos that work well together). Boston's versatility will allow it to go small at times and put a Jeff Green/Gerald Wallace combo at the 3-4 spots, leaving a need for just one big (in that situation, maybe Humphries makes most sense given his rebounding talents).

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