Celtics trade up to take Olynyk at No. 13

Celtics trade up to take Olynyk at No. 13
June 27, 2013, 10:45 pm
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BOSTON — Thursday's NBA draft was a night full of wheeling and dealing, and the Boston Celtics were very much in the mix. 

Along with the C's looking to move on from the Big Three era by agreeing to trade Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn, the C's also moved up three spots in the draft to select Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk (O-lin-ick) with the Dallas Mavericks' pick at No. 13. 

In exchange for the Mav's No. 13 pick, the C's gave them their No. 16 pick (used to select Brazil's Lucas Nogueira) to Dallas along with a pair of second-round picks in next year's draft. 

In Olynyk, the C's add a 7-foot All-American who averaged 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season. 

His ability to run the floor and finish around the basket were among the reasons the C's felt so strongly about adding Olynyk. 

Like most teams, the Celtics anticipated Olynyk would be drafted earlier in the night. 

Once Oklahoma City selected Steven Adams with the No. 12 pick, the Celtics knew that Olynyk was the guy they wanted. 

And the Mavericks made no secret weeks ago that the No. 13 pick was up for sale.

There was a chance that he would still be on the board, but there was no guarantee that Utah and Milwaukee, picking No. 14 and 15 respectively, would not select Olynyk who was arguably the best player available once Adams was selected. 

Olynyk might have caught some off guard, but it paled in comparison to some of the selections made Thursday night. 

The first surprise of the night came with the first pick, as Cleveland selected Anthony Bennett of UNLV.

Norlens Noel of Kentucky and Alex Len of Maryland were long viewed as the top-two picks leading into the draft, with Ben McLemore of Kansas expected to round out the top three. 

Instead, Len was selected at No. 5 by Phoenix, Noels slipped to No. 6 to New Orleans (and subsequently traded him to Philadelphia) while McLemore was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 7 pick. 

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