Kelly Olynyk was born in Toronto, ON but moved to Kamloops, BC at a young age. Kelly played for Team BC throughout high school and in his grade 12 year was named the Basketball BC Outstanding Player of the Year. He also was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team before committing to Gonzaga University in the summer of 2009.
After a slow start to his NCAA career, Olynyk exploded in his junior year with the Bulldogs, averaging better than 17 points and 7 rebounds per game. In the 2012-13 season, he was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year and a Consensus First-Team All-American.
In the 2013 NBA draft, Olynyk was selected 13th overall by the Dallas Mavericks before immediately being traded to the Boston Celtics. He spent the first 4 years of his professional career with Boston, and was voted to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in his first year with the C's.
After signing a 4-year contract in the summer of 2017, Olynyk is now a member of the Miami Heat. He put up the best numbers of his career in 2017-18, setting new career high averages in points, rebounds, assists, and minutes played in his first year in South Beach. Olynyk continues to be a member of the Canadian National Team, and is undoubtedly one of the best players Canada has to offer.
Baker Elite Connection
Kelly Olynyk and Jordan Baker first competed against each other at the U15 National Championships in Burnaby, BC. Since then, Olynyk and Baker have player together on a number of Canadian National Teams, the first of which was the U19 Junior National Team in 2009. Baker also travels to Kamloops every summer to coach at Olynyk's youth summer camp: The Olynyk Klynyk.