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“A high basketball IQ.” That’s the term basketball types often use to describe Kelly Olynyk, a 7-footer out of Gonzaga whom the Celtics acquired in the first round of June’s NBA draft.
His background checks out: an Academic All-American who graduated with an accounting degree in 3½ years; who is one year from earning his MBA; who has that rare affinity for numbers and equations because of their beautiful simplicity.
“You’re either right or wrong,” said Olynyk, whose impressive Orlando Summer League performance (18 points, 7.8 rebounds a game) turned him into by far one of the most intriguing Celtics heading into a rebuilding season.
His brain is one with gears always in churn, gauging possibilities, searching for answers, as it has for years.