When Kelly Olynyk burst onto the Summer League scene in Orlando with a 25-point, seven-rebound debut performance on Sunday, it was easy to want to downplay the accomplishment.
Plenty of players are able to have a single big game against the inferior competition the summer session brings, but Olynyk, the thirteenth overall pick in this year’s draft that was traded to the Celtics, has impressed now for three days straight.
Highlights of Olynyk’s 21-point, nine rebound performance in Tuesday’s win over the Pacers’ squad can be seen in the clip above. In addition to the offensive skill set shown, where Olynyk is comfortable in many different spots on the floor and is able to use his dribble to get himself into position to score, what isn’t seen is some of the high-IQ decisions made by the young seven-footer in the areas of both rebounding and passing.
Consistency is often the quality in shortest supply for players during Summer League, but Olynyk has bucked that trend with solid performances in all three of his outings.
Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs
Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:
Dwight Howard just told us on Texans Radio that he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the WCF vs the Warriors
It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.
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