After four average years in Boston, Kelly Olynyk has proven that he is not yet at the end of his career in the NBA by playing a significant role in his first season as part of the Miami Heat. The former Gonzaga University athlete, who can play both as a center and power forward, also plays for the Canadian national team, with whom he won bronze at the FIBA Americup 2015. Learn more about his career, his family, and other interesting facts we have collected about the NBA star.
Kelly Tyler Olynyk was born on April 19, 1991, in Toronto, Ontario, to Ukrainian parents. Olynyk started playing basketball at a very early age because his parents were involved in the game. He attended South Kamloops Secondary School while playing both amateur Athletic Union and non-amateur Athletic Union basketball in the United States and Canada.
Olynyk, who played mainly as a point guard in high school, led his school to third place in the BC AAA High School Boys’ Basketball Championships in his 12th grade. For his efforts, he was named BC’s Outstanding High School Player of the Year in BC Basketball, which earned him the attention of a number of prestigious college programs, including Syracuse, Providence, and North Carolina State. However, he chose to visit Gonzaga, in part because he wanted to stay close to home.
In his first year with Gonzaga, Kelly Olynyk was primarily deployed from the substitutes bench, averaging 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. In his second year, he still found himself a bench player, although he increased his average to 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Due to his status as a bench player, Olynyk decided to wear a red shirt in his junior year to improve his playing time. In the 2012-13 season, he returned to the team where he averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. At the end of that year, Olynyk, who had met his requirements for a degree in accounting, decided to give up his senior year and enter the draft.
Kelly Olynyk’s Salary
The Center/Power forward earns an average salary of $12.5 million per year. This is due to the four-year contract for $50 million that he signed with Miami Heat in July 2017. Prior to this contract, Olynyk, who spent his first four years in the NBA as a member of the Boston Celtics team, earned nearly $2.3 million per year from his rookie contract, which included a four-year $9.2 million contract.
NBA Career Stats
In the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly Olynyk was ranked 13th overall by the Dallas Mavericks but was traded by the team to the Boston Celtics on Draft Night. In his rookie season, he averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 70 games to earn a place on the second NBA All-Rookie Team. In his second year, Olynyk averaged 10.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 64 games. In one of these games against the Philadelphia 76ers, he scored a career-high of 30 points.
Olynyk never quite made it to Boston, so when his contract expired in July 2017 he was removed from the team, giving him room to play in the Miami Heat. Here the basketball player was able to get back into shape when he reached a new career-high point with 32 points in a game against his former team. He finished the 2017-18 season with 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.
Does He Have a Wife or Girlfriend?
Kelly Olynyk is not married, and we can’t confirm who his girlfriend is if there actually is one. However, the Canadian national team member was seen with someone who is believed to be his partner, although some publications claim that the person is one of his sisters. Whether or not he is with someone, the identity of such a person remains Olynyk’s best-kept secret.
Kelly Olynyk comes from a proud family of athletes. His father Ken is a basketball coach, while his mother Arlene was a women’s basketball referee for the Canadian organization Interuniversity Sports. She has also worked as a scorekeeper for the Toronto Raptors. One of his two sisters also played the game in college.
In 1983, Ken Olynyk was appointed coach of the Canadian men’s national junior team, a position he held until 1996. During this time, from 1989 to 2002, he also served as head coach of the University of Toronto men’s basketball team. After Toronto, senior international Olynyk took over the position of athletic director at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.
- Body Measurements
The baller is impressively large with a height of 2.13 m (7 feet) and weighs about 109 kg (240 lb). It also has a wingspan of 6 feet 10 inches, a standing width of 9 feet 0 inches, a hand length of 8.5 cm, and a hand width of 10 cm.