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Kelly Olynyk explodes in opener

The promising second year player is poised for a huge season in Boston...

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Unless you have been clinging on to the memory of John Stockton, bragging about Gonzaga Bulldogs in the NBA is something that most of us just don't do at this time.  Without reciting the rough statistics of some of Gonzaga's most recent entrants in the league, it goes without saying that the Bulldogs have yet to have a breakthrough.  Well, we all may finally have that guy to cling to as one former Zag is looking to build off of a very solid rookie season in one of the largest markets in the nation.

Kelly Olynyk, the Canadian forward that went from role player to All-American in what seems like a flash, had a very stellar rookie season.  Averaging 9 points and 5 boards per contest, Olynyk was a bright spot in the midst of a very rough season for the Boston Celtics.  The outlook is significantly better in Boston for this season.  Most of that is due to the return of Rajon Rondo from injury but there is a lot else to be optimistic about and Olynyk is definitely one of those things.

Last night in the Celtics 2014-15 season opener, Kelly started and led the way for his team with 19 points off of 8-14 shooting from the floor.  He also pulled down 6 boards and had a pair of assists.  It goes without saying that Rondo's return will pay huge dividends for him this season.  The all-star point guard had 12 assists, several leading to easy layups for KO.  We'll probably be seeing a lot of these kind of baskets for Kelly thanks to Rondo...

In addition to Kelly, Robert Sacre is logging some minutes for the Los Angeles Lakers while Ronny Turiaf is battling injuries but will get some run for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Austin Daye has yet to be active but is still a member of the San Antonio Spurs.