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Detroit Pistons | #13 | Forward-Center











6'11" | 240lb | 30 years

Player Bio



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.


Has appeared in 433 NBA regular season games (94 starts) during his six-year career and has averaged 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 21.6 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor, 36.7 percent from three-point range and 76.5 percent from the foul line…has missed 55 games due to injury, three games as a DNP-CD and one game due to an NBA-imposed suspension…was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team…has scored in double figures 213 times, including 31 games with at least 20 points and three 30-point performances…his longest streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures is 11 (Jan. 15-Feb. 3, 2018) and his longest streak of consecutive 20-point games is three (Apr. 12-16, 2014)…has grabbed double-figure rebounds 23 times and handed out double-figure assists once…has recorded 20 double-doubles…his longest streak of consecutive games with a three-point field goal made is 11 (Feb. 11-Mar. 8, 2019)…has hit multiple treys in a game 127 times…has 71 multi-steal games and 42 multi-block games…has appeared in 31 NBA postseason games (two starts) and has averaged 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 18.6 minutes while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor, 34.7 percent from three-point range and 71.2 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures 12 times in postseason play, including two 20-point efforts.

2018-19 SEASON:

Appeared in 79 games (36 starts) with the HEAT and averaged 10.0 points (.463 FG%, .822 FT%), 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 22.9 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD on three occasions…set single-season career highs in three-point field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, free throw percentage, games played, minutes and starts…led the team in charges taken (15) for the second consecutive year, ranked second in games played, three-point field goals made and attempted and plus/minus and finished third in three-point plays (16) and both defensive and total rebounds…topped the HEAT in scoring six times, in plus/minus 10 times, in steals and blocks nine times each, in rebounds on five occasions, in assists four times and in minutes three times…scored in double figures 41 times, including six games with at least 20 points…grabbed double-figure rebounds on four occasions and posted four double-doubles…his 12 consecutive field goals made from Feb. 25-27 were the most consecutive field goals made by a HEAT player in 2018-19…hit at least one three-pointer in a career-high 11 consecutive games from Feb. 11-Mar. 8…had a single-season career-high 33 multiple trey games…scored his 4,000th career point on Feb. 23 vs. Detroit…grabbed his 2,000th career rebound on Feb. 28 at Houston…played in his 400th career game on Jan. 30 vs. Chicago…connected on his 400th career three-point field goal on Dec. 14 at Memphis…recorded his 800th career assist on Mar. 17 vs. Charlotte…set a career high in minutes played (44:33) on Mar. 6 at Charlotte…set his career high in free throws attempted (11) and tied his career high in free throws made (9) on Dec. 8 against the Clippers in Los Angeles…Season Highs: 28 points (vs. Phoenix, Feb. 25), 11 rebounds (twice), six assists (twice), four steals (vs. Toronto, Mar. 10), three blocks (at Washington, Mar. 23) and 44:33 minutes (at Charlotte, Mar. 6).

2017-18 SEASON:

Saw action in 76 games (22 starts) with the HEAT and averaged 11.5 points (.497 FG%, .770 FT%), 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 23.4 minutes…missed six games due to injury with a left shoulder strain from Feb. 7-24…set single-season career highs in points, scoring average, field goals made and attempted, defensive and total rebounds and assists…led the team in charges drawn, ranked second in 30-point games and defensive and total rebounds, tied for second in double-doubles and finished third in double-figure scoring efforts, field goals made, free throws made and offensive rebounds…topped the HEAT in scoring eight times and also led the team in blocks 20 times, in rebounds 15 times, in plus/minus on 14 occasions, in assists and steals 12 times each and in minutes twice…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench 23 times and also led Miami’s reserves in assists 24 times and in rebounds 23 times…scored in double figures a single-season career-high 51 times, including six games with at least 20 points and a pair of 30-point efforts…scored in double figures a career-high 11 consecutive games from Jan. 15-Feb. 3…grabbed double-figure rebounds six times and handed out double-figure assists once…amassed seven double-doubles…scored a career-high 32 points in his return to Boston on Dec. 20 while connecting on a career-high six three-point field goals…tied his career high with 13 rebounds on Jan. 3 vs. Detroit…set a career high in free throws made (9) on Dec. 30 at Orlando…handed out a career-high 10 assists against New York on Mar. 21…scored his 3,000th career point on Jan. 3 vs. Detroit…played in his 300th career game on Dec. 1 vs. Charlotte…handed out his 500th career assist on Nov. 24 at Minnesota…made his 1,000th career field goal on Oct. 18 at Orlando…Season Highs: 32 points (at Boston, Dec. 20), 13 rebounds (vs. Detroit, Jan. 3), 10 assists (vs. New York, Mar. 21), five steals (vs. L.A. Clippers, Dec. 16), four blocks (vs. Denver, Mar. 19) and 41:07 minutes (vs. Denver, Mar. 19).

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 high in field goal percentage…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 a single-season career high and 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…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 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 35 times, including six games with at least 20 points and one 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…scored a season-high 30 points on a career-high 12 field goals made at Philadelphia on Dec. 15…grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds vs. Toronto on Nov. 5…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 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 a single-season career high in offensive 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 five times and amassed three double-doubles…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…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).


2018: Came off the bench in all five games of Miami’s Opening Round series vs. Philadelphia and averaged 12.8 points (.477 FG%, .700 FT%), 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.40 steals, 1.20 blocks and 29.2 minutes…ranked among NBA postseason leaders in blocks per game (tied-12th), assists per turnover (15th), three-point field goal percentage (19th), steals per game (tied-21st), assists per game (25th) and field goal percentage (27th)…tied for the team lead in blocks and tied for second in three-point field goals made…topped the HEAT in scoring, rebounds, assists and minutes twice each and in steals, blocks and plus/minus once each…scored in double figures three times, including one 20-point effort…the 12.8 ppg scoring average vs. Philadelphia is his highest in a postseason series…matched his postseason career high with 26 points in Game 1 at Philadelphia on Apr. 14…the 26-point effort is the second highest single-game total off the bench in HEAT postseason history…registered postseason career highs in rebounds (8), steals (3) and minutes (37:19) in Game 5 at Philadelphia on Apr. 24…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…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…topped the Celtics in blocks twice and in rebounds and steals once each against the Wizards…registered postseason career highs in points (26) and field goals made (10) 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…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.


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.


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.


Played three seasons at Gonzaga before becoming an early entry candidate for the 2013 NBA Draft…appeared in 101 games (32 starts) for the Bulldogs and averaged 8.9 points (.594 FG%, .709 FT%), 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 17.2 minutes…was a consensus All-American, West Coast Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-WCC and a WCC All-Tournament Team selection as a redshirt junior in 2012-13…appeared in 32 games (28 starts) his junior season and averaged 17.8 points (.629 FG%, .776 FT), 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 26.4 minutes while leading Gonzaga to a 32-3 overall record, a 16-0 WCC mark, the WCC Tournament championship and a top seed in the NCAA Tournament…was a also a top-five finalist for the John R. Wooden Award honoring the top player in the nation…tallied a career-high 33 points (12-15 FGs, 8-9 FTs) and 10 rebounds at Santa Clara on Jan. 5, 2013…sat out the 2011-12 season as a redshirt…appeared in all 35 games (four starts) for the Bulldogs as a sophomore in 2010-11 and averaged 5.8 points (.574 FG%, .618 FT%), 3.8 rebounds and 13.5 minutes…came off the bench in all 35 games for Gonzaga as a freshman in 2009-10 and averaged 3.8 points (.500 FG%, .596 FT%), 2.7 rebounds and 12.3 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, played basketball at the University of Saskatchewan…his cousins, Riley Nash and Brendon Nash, are professional hockey players, Riley as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets and formerly of the Boston Bruins and 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…served as a coach at the 10th Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp in India in 2018, previously was involved with Basketball Without Borders as a camper for a BWB camp in Mexico City when he was 18…he has hosted the premier basketball camp in Kamloops each of the past seven 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…cut his hair following the 2017-18 season and donated it to Wigs for Kids, a non-profit organization which creates wigs for kids who have lost their hair either permanently or temporarily due to a medical condition…wears size 15 sneakers.