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Kelly Olynyk Named to NBA’s All-Rookie Team


In one of the few bright spots to accompany a 25-win season, Celtics forward Kelly Olnyk was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie second team Thursday.

Olynyk topped the voting for the second team which also featured Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng, Charlotte’s Cody Zeller, and Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams. Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, Utah’s Trey Burke, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee, and New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. all made the first team.

Olynyk averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 70 games. He improved as the season went along, upping his field goal percentage from .388 in November to .547 in April. His shooting percentage by month:

Oct: .400
Nov. 388
Dec. .455
Jan. 447
Feb. .437
Mar. .515
Apr. .547

Olynyk’s offensive rating soared to 120 points/100 possessions as his minutes increased to 25 per game in the season’s final month. His offensive rating failed to reach 100 in the first three months of the season.

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