Olynyk projected as Canada starter for 2016

October, 23, 2013
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Over at ESPN Insider, Steve Nash discussed the state of Canadian basketball and his role as general manager of the national team. What's noteworthy for Celtics fans it that Boston rookie Kelly Olynyk is projected as the starting center for Canada should it qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (joining fellow starters Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins, and Cory Joseph in Insider's roster projection).

Olynyk, a Toronto native whose father Ken was coach of Canada's junior national team, was unable to go to training camp with the national squad this summer while battling a case of plantar fasciitis. He's stressed that competing for his country in the future is important to him.

"They had me in there for a week or so [this summer], just to be and feel a part of it and to have that chemistry and bond," said Olynyk. "I would love to [compete for Canada]. It's a real sense of pride and passion to play for your country and have your country across chest. It's something I want to do in the future."

Hop HERE to read the full story on Insider.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
19.2 1.6 0.9 34.0
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.2
AssistsE. Turner 3.4
StealsK. Olynyk 1.2
BlocksK. Olynyk 0.8