January 29, 2015 - 10:29 AM
KAMLOOPS - It is just his second year as a National Basketball Association player but Kelly Olynyk continues to make waves, posting numerous personal bests and getting named to the Rising Stars team for the second straight year.
Olynyk has played 40 games this season, but has sat out the last few games after spraining his ankle against Portland on Jan. 22. He is expected to be out a couple weeks but should be ready to go for the Feb. 13 All-Star weekend.
The 7-foot centre is averaging 11.1 points and more than 24 minutes per game for the Boston Celtics. Olynyk set several career highs in December, from blocks and rebounds to steals and shots made. On Dec. 15 he also scored a career high 30 points against Philadelphia. In 70 games last season he averaged 8.7 points and 20 minutes per game.
If healthy by Feb. 13 Olynyk will be one of only two Canadians, and the only Celtic, to play in the Rising Stars game. The game is just one component of the All-Star Weekend and will feature a U.S. versus World format this year.
The Celtics currently have a 16-28 record. The team finished last season with a 25 wins and 57 losses.
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