Orlando, FLA-In his debut game for the Boston Celtics, Kelly Olynyk showed why he was considered a lottery pick this season.
Olynyk posted 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Celtics 95-88 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon. Olynyk was efficient from the field shooting 9/12 field goals including two three pointers. However Olynyk did struggle at times at the defensive end of the court, which led to his minus six efficiency rating.
Fellow Canadian Andrew Nicholson was not to begin his sophomore summer league season. Nicholson shot a dismal 1/9 from the field finishing with seven points and only three rebounds.
Nicolson who played sparingly in his rookie season for the Magic averaged 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds. Reports out of Orlando suggested that the second year player has been working tirelessly on his game in the offseason, even stretching his range out to the three-point line. If the reports are true, Nicholson should get more consistent minutes this season for the Magic.
Nicholson is arguably the most skilled Canadian four-man with a ceiling that he will seemingly maximize. As we have tracked Nicholson’s career since high school, we know that he has added something new every year, continuously diversifying his game and absorbing information.
Toronto native Myck Kabongo also made his summer league debut with the reigning two-time NBA Champion Miami Heat. Kabongo, who was not picked in the 2013 NBA draft was signed to the Heat Summer League Team just a day later.
Kabongo showed flashes of brilliance leading to three points and a team-high four assists. He also showed why many believe it will take him some time to settle in at the NBA level as he struggled with his jump shot going 0/4 from the field.