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Background

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks…draft rights were traded to Boston in exchange for the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira and two future second-round draft picks on June 28, 2013…signed by the Celtics to a multi-year contract on July 7, 2013…signed as a free agent with the HEAT on July 7, 2017.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
Has appeared in 278 NBA regular season games (36 starts) during his four-year career and has averaged 9.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 20.7 minutes while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 74.3 percent from the foul line…has missed 49 games due to injury and one game due to an NBA-imposed suspension…was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team…has scored in double figures 121 times, including 19 games with at least 20 points and one 30-point performance…his longest streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures is nine (Dec. 12-31, 2014) and his longest streak of consecutive 20-point games is three (Apr. 12-16, 2014)…has grabbed double-figure rebounds 13 times and has recorded nine double-doubles…his longest streak of consecutive games with a three-point field goal made is 10 (Dec. 18, 2015-Jan. 7, 2016)…has hit multiple treys in a game 66 times…has 47 multi-steal games and 28 multi-block games…has appeared in 26 NBA postseason games (two starts) and has averaged 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 16.6 minutes while shooting 49 percent from the floor, 32.1 percent from three-point range and 71.9 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures nine times in postseason play, including one 20-point effort.

2016-17 SEASON:
Appeared in 75 games (six starts) for the Boston Celtics and averaged 9.0 points (.512 FG%, .732 FT%), 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 20.5 minutes…missed a total of seven games due to injury…missed the first six games of the season (Oct. 26-Nov. 6) recovering from offseason shoulder surgery…sat out one game (Feb. 1) due to a sore left shoulder…set his single-season career highs in games played, minutes, field goals made, field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and assists…topped the Celtics in rebounds 16 times and in assists once…scored in double figures 33 times, including one 20-point outing…grabbed double-figure rebounds three times and posted a pair of double-doubles…scored his 2,000th career point on Nov. 16 vs. Dallas…grabbed his 1,000th career rebound on Dec. 2 vs. Sacramento…Season Highs: 26 points (at Atlanta, Jan. 13), 11 rebounds (twice), six assists (at Charlotte, Apr. 12), three steals (five times), two blocks (nine times) and 35:56 minutes (at Milwaukee, Jan. 28).

2015-16 SEASON:
Appeared in 69 games (eight starts) for the Celtics and averaged 10.0 points (.455 FG%, .750 FT%), 4.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 20.2 minutes…missed 12 games (Feb. 19-Mar. 15) due to a right shoulder sprain and one game (Oct. 28 vs. Philadelphia) due to an NBA-imposed suspension…set single-season career highs in points scored, field goal attempts, three-point field goals made and attempted and three-point field goal percentage…led the Celtics in three-point field goal percentage…topped the team in scoring six times, in rebounds five times, in blocks 10 times and in steals on eight occasions…scored in double figures 31 times, including six games with at least 20 points…grabbed double-figure rebounds twice and recorded one double-double…hit a career-high five three-point field goals at Dallas on Jan. 18…logged his 3,000th career minute on Nov. 20 vs. Brooklyn…Season Highs: 28 points (vs. Golden State, Dec. 11), 11 rebounds (vs. Charlotte, Apr. 11), five assists (vs. Brooklyn, Nov. 20), four steals (vs. Washington, Nov. 6), three blocks (at Memphis, Jan. 10) and 37:07 minutes (vs. Golden State, Dec. 11).

2014-15 SEASON:
Saw action in 64 games (13 starts) for the Celtics and averaged 10.3 points (.475 FG%, .684 FT%), 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.00 steals and 22.3 minutes…missed 18 games due to a sprained right ankle (Jan. 23-Mar. 15)…set single-season career highs in starts, scoring average, free throws attempted, steals and blocked shots…topped the Celtics in points seven times, in rebounds eight times, in blocks 23 times, in steals on 12 occasions and in minutes and assists once each…scored in double figures a single-season career-high 35 times, including six games with at least 20 points and his lone 30-point effort…grabbed double-figure rebounds on three occasions and posted three double-doubles…scored his 1,000th career point on Jan. 14 vs. Atlanta…recorded career highs in points (30) and field goals made (12) at Philadelphia on Dec. 15…grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds vs. Toronto on Nov. 5…matched his career high with seven assists at Atlanta on Dec. 2…was selected to the World Team for the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend but was unable to play due to injury…Season Highs: 30 points (at Philadelphia, Dec. 15), 13 rebounds (vs. Toronto, Nov. 5), seven assists (at Atlanta, Dec. 2), four steals (at Washington, Dec. 8), three blocks (vs. Detroit, Dec. 3) and 41:27 minutes (at Washington, Dec. 8).

2013-14 SEASON:
Appeared in 70 games (nine starts) for the Celtics and averaged 8.7 points (.466 FG%, .811 FT%), 5.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 20 minutes…missed a total of 12 games due to injury…missed 10 games due to a sprained right ankle (Nov. 23-Dec. 11)…sat out a pair of games (Feb. 23 and Mar. 14) due to a sprained left big toe…was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team…ranked among the NBA rookie leaders in field goal percentage (2nd), rebounds per game (2nd), free throw percentage (4th), scoring average (6th), minutes per game (10th) and assists per game (13th)…set single-season career highs in free throws made, free throw percentage and offensive and total rebounds…finished third on the team in offensive rebounds…topped the Celtics in scoring nine times, in rebounds 12 times, in blocks eight times, in steals on five occasions and in assists twice…scored in double figures 22 times, including six games with at least 20 points…scored at least 20 points in a career-high three consecutive games from Apr. 12-16…grabbed double-figure rebounds a career-high five times and amassed three double-doubles…handed out a career-high seven assists vs. the Lakers on Jan. 17…made his NBA debut in his birthplace of Toronto on Oct. 30 and tallied four points in 16:18 of action…made his first career start at Miami on Nov. 9 and finished with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and one block in 22:45 of action…started for Team Webber in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans and tallied nine points, three steals, two assists, one rebound and one assist in 25:27 of action…Season Highs: 28 points (at Philadelphia, Apr. 14), 12 rebounds (at Cleveland, Apr. 12), seven assists (vs. L.A. Lakers, Jan. 17), three steals (twice), two blocks (six times) and 38:52 minutes (at Cleveland, Apr. 12).

NBA PLAYOFFS:
2017: Appeared in all 18 games (two starts) for the Celtics and averaged 9.2 points (.512 FG%, .733 FT%), 3.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 19.2 minutes…was tied for second on the team in blocks…topped the Celtics in blocks seven times, in rebounds twice and in assists, steals and plus/minus once each…was Boston’s leading scorer off the bench on six occasions and topped the Boston reserves in rebounds four times…scored in double figures on eight occasions, including one 20-point outing…came off the bench in all six games of Boston’s Opening Round series vs. Chicago and averaged 8.8 points (.500 FG%, .625 FT%), 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.00 steals, 1.00 blocks and 19.3 minutes…topped the Celtics in blocks three times against the Bulls and also led the team in rebounds, assists and plus/minus once each…was Boston’s leading scorer off the bench twice against Chicago and its leading rebounder off the bench three times…led the Celtics and handed out a postseason career-high seven assists in Game 2 vs. Chicago on Apr. 18…had a game and postseason career-high three blocks in Game 1 vs. Chicago on Apr. 16…came off the bench in all seven games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Washington and averaged 10.4 points (.622 FG%, .667 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 19.9 minutes…the 10.4 ppg scoring average vs. Washington is his highest in a postseason series…topped the Celtics in blocks twice and in rebounds and steals once each against the Wizards…was Boston’s leading scorer off the bench three times against the Wizards and also led the Boston reserves in rebounds once…registered postseason career highs in points (26), field goals made (10) and attempted (14), three-point field goals made (2) and attempted (6), free throws made (4) and attempted (5) and in minutes (28:22) in Boston’s Game 7 win over Washington on May 15…started two of the five games against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals and averaged 7.8 points (.395 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 18.4 minutes…topped the Celtics in blocks twice against the Cavs and was the Celtics’ leading scorer off the bench once…made his first postseason career start in Game 4 at Cleveland on May 23 and tallied 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, a game-high two blocks and a steal in 25:53 of action…2016: Came off the bench in all four games in which he appeared in Boston’s Opening Round series vs. Atlanta and totaled two points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes…sat out both Game 2 (Apr. 19) at Atlanta and Game 3 (Apr. 22) in Boston due to a sore right shoulder…2015: Came off the bench in all four games in Boston’s Opening Round series vs. Cleveland and averaged 4.5 points (.538 FG%, .500 FT%), 1.3 rebounds and 13.3 minutes…scored in double figures once…made his NBA postseason debut in Game 1 at Cleveland on Apr. 19 and tallied 12 points, two rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 18:27 of action.

HONORS:
2014-15: Was selected to the World Team for the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend…2013-14: Was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team…was a starter for Team Webber in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

INTERNATIONAL:
Senior National Team: Helped lead Canada to the bronze medal at the 2015 FIBA AmeriCup, appearing in 10 games and averaging 11.9 points (.553 FG%, .833 FT%), 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 21.6 minutes…was part of Canada’s gold medal winning team in the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup, totaling eight points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 15 minutes in his one appearance…appeared in eight games in the 2011 FIBA AmeriCup, averaging 6.9 points (.383 FG%, .842 FT%), 3.8 rebounds and 14.3 minutes while helping Canada to a sixth-place finish…saw action in four games in the 2010 FIBA World Cup and averaged 8.2 points (.556 FG%, .846 FT%), 2.8 rebounds and 15.8 minutes…Junior National Team: Participated in eight games in the 2009 U19 World Championship and averaged 12.1 points (.373 FG%, .760 FT%), 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 27 minutes as Canada finished in seventh place…helped lead Canada to the bronze medal at the 2008 U18 Americas Championship, appearing in five games and averaging 1.8 points (.214 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 3.2 rebounds and 13.6 minutes.



INTERNATIONAL: Senior National Team: Helped lead Canada to the bronze medal at the 2015 FIBA AmeriCup, appearing in 10 games and averaging 11.9 points (.553 FG%, .833 FT%), 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 21.6 minutes…was part of Canada’s gold medal winning team in the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup, totaling eight points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 15 minutes in his one appearance…appeared in eight games in the 2011 FIBA AmeriCup, averaging 6.9 points (.383 FG%, .842 FT%), 3.8 rebounds and 14.3 minutes while helping Canada to a sixth-place finish…saw action in four games in the 2010 FIBA World Cup and averaged 8.2 points (.556 FG%, .846 FT%), 2.8 rebounds and 15.8 minutes…Junior National Team: Participated in eight games in the 2009 U19 World Championship and averaged 12.1 points (.373 FG%, .760 FT%), 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 27 minutes as Canada finished in seventh place…helped lead Canada to the bronze medal at the 2008 U18 Americas Championship, appearing in five games and averaging 1.8 points (.214 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 3.2 rebounds and 13.6 minutes.

Full name is Kelly Tyler Corness Olynyk…his nickname is “KO”…is the son of Ken and Arlene Olynyk…has two sisters (Jesse and Maya)…his father, Ken, spent 25 years coaching University basketball in Canada including a stint as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Toronto (1989-2002)…his father also served as coach of the Canadian Junior Men’s National Team (1983-96) and spent one season as a scout and observing coach with the Toronto Raptors…his mother, Arlene, was a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) women’s basketball referee and worked for the Raptors from 1995 to 2004 where one of her jobs was serving as the official scorer…his sister, Jesse, played rugby at the University of Victoria and his sister, Maya, plays basketball at the University of Saskatchewan…his cousins, Riley Nash and Brendon Nash, are professional hockey players, Riley as a member of the Boston Bruins and formerly of the Carolina Hurricanes and Brendon currently with the Graz 99ers of the Austrian Hockey League after a brief stint with the Montreal Canadiens…his cousin, Brent Olynyk, is a professional badminton player who captured a gold medal in men’s doubles and a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 1999 Pan American Games and represented Canada at the 2000 Summer Olympics…graduated from Gonzaga with a 3.53 GPA in accounting…was named to the Capital One All-Academic First Team and the Division 1-AAA Athletic Directors Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year during the 2012-13 season…is a member of the Board of Ambassadors for Shooting Touch, an international sport-for-development organization which uses the power of basketball to educate and empower at-risk youth and communities…based in Boston and Rwanda, the mission of Shooting Touch is to create a world where every girl and boy live a healthier and longer life free from disease…he has hosted the premier basketball camp in Kamloops each of the past five summers…enjoys all sports but his favorite sport other than basketball is badminton…was named Basketball BC Outstanding High School Player of the Year as a senior while leading South Kamloops to a 36-2 record and a third-place finish at the BC AAA High School Boys’ Basketball Championships…in addition to playing basketball in high school he also played football and rugby…broke his arm near his shoulder joint while playing quarterback in high school in a 2007 playoff game…was born in Scarborough, Ontario and moved to Kamloops, British Columbia when he was in seventh grade…says something most people don’t know about him is that he graduated from elementary school twice…wears size 15 sneakers.
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Height: 7'0''/ 2.13m
Weight: 238 lbs./ 108 kg
Born: April 19, 1991
From: Gonzaga
Draft: 2017
NBA Debut: 2013
Years Pro: 3
Previous Teams:
  Boston Celtics 2014 - 2015
  Dallas Mavericks 2013 - 2013
  Boston Celtics 2013 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Gonzaga/Canada

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