Olynyk writes own Canadian chapter at NBA draft

Kelly Olynyk, of Kamloops, B.C., went 13th overall to the Dallas Mavericks, who then traded him to...

Kelly Olynyk, of Kamloops, B.C., went 13th overall to the Dallas Mavericks, who then traded him to Boston. (Getty Images)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

More history was made Thursday when Kamloops, B.C.’s Kelly Olynyk was selected 13th overall.

With Brampton’s Anthony Bennett earlier going first, it marked the first time that two Canadians went in the lottery the same year.

Dallas selected Olynyk, then promptly dealt him to Boston.

The 7-footer, 22, was born in Toronto, but moved to Kamloops in Grade 7. His father, Ken, formerly was the University of Toronto and Canadian junior men’s basketball coach. His mother was once the Raptors’ scorekeeper and was also a CIS referee.

Olynyk led the NCAA in field goal percentage in his final season at Gonzaga this past season, was a consensus first-team all-American and is considered a key player going forward with Canada’s national team.

Helping Gonzaga to its first No. 1 spot in the polls, Olynyk averaged 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals while shooting 63.1% from the floor.

Olynyk, a former guard who had a huge growth spurt years ago, red-shirted in order to get stronger and came back this season, as one of the top players in college basketball.

While there are questions about how he will fit athletically in the NBA, there is zero doubt he is an enormously skilled big man and a tremendous shooter.


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