VIDEO: Celtics draft Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk
The blockbuster swap with the Nets was not the only trade the Celtics made Thursday night as they acquired the draft rights to Gonzaga big man Kelly Olynyk from Dallas in exchange for draft pick Lucas Nogueira and two future second round picks.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that Olynyk would “fit right in to the scene in Eugene, Ore. in the 1970s” due to his unique hairstyle that gained him national fame while in college at Gonzaga. Olynyk is more than just a matinee idol, however, as the 7-footer can stretch the floor and get the job done in the paint. He averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season and was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.