2. Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk could’ve been anywhere on this list between last and first, but we’ll have him ranked second for multiple reasons. The first, and probably the strongest, is that he’s an unknown commodity. We have no clue what we’ll get out of Olynyk next season or what his ceiling could possibly be. This can be a pro or a con depending on who you ask, but I look at it as a plus.
Olynyk tore the Summer League in Orlando to shreds this past summer and is going to look to have a similarly productive regular season, but there’s no guarantee that this will be the case–but there is also no guarantee that he won’t. And this, ladies and gentleman, leads us into our second reason. The probability of Olynyk being a decent player is just as good as him being a bad player in the NBA, but because he’s on this team, there’s more of a chance for him to start.
Its no secret that the Boston Celtics are currently rebuilding their roster. They’re looking for young pieces to move forward with into the future. The Celtics want Olynyk to be one of those pieces. They believe in Olynyk a lot–made evident by their move to trade up two spots for him in this past year’s draft. They are going to want to see what, exactly, he can do and see if he’ll be able to stick. This is why Olynyk has just as good a chance to start as anyone else does.