Olynyk: Anthony 'a great guy; a real team guy'

Olynyk: Anthony 'a great guy; a real team guy'
January 16, 2014, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON — The newest Boston Celtic, Joel Anthony, is a bit of a mystery to fans around here.

He has spent his entire career with the Miami Heat, doesn't score much but is known primarily for his defense.

However, Kelly Olynyk and Anthony have a long history dating back to their time in the pipeline of the Canadian National team.

"He's a great guy; a real team guy," Olynyk, who is from Toronto, told CSNNE.com. "He loves the game. He's a professional, taught me a lot growing up, how to play the game the right way, how to be a professional, taking care of your body, that kind of stuff."

What has always stuck out to Olynyk about Anthony, who is from Montreal, has been Anthony's work ethic.

"He's not an overly talented guy by any means," Olynyk said of Anthony. "He had to work hard to get where he is. That's always a good trait to have in your back pocket as well."

Although Anthony has played seven NBA seasons in the NBA, his path to the NBA has been far from a smooth one.

Undrafted out of UNLV in 2007, Anthony parlayed a series of one-year deals with the Heat into a five-year, $18 million contract in 2010.

Although he never played major minutes for Miami, Anthony established himself as a solid defender and shot-blocker.

His best season with the Heat was the 2011-2012 season when he made 51 starts while playing 21.1 minutes per game.

And now that he's a Celtic, Olynyk believes he'll be a solid teammate as well.

"Not only for me but for the team," Olynyk said. "His role in Miami hasn't been huge. But I don't think he's been a detriment to that team at all. He's just a real solid player and a good guy to have on your team."