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Kelly Olynyk had another excellent game in The Celtics first victory of the season last night.

In the 97 - 87 victory against The Jazz, Olynyk had 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists. This is on the heels of a 15 point eight rebound performance Sunday in the C's 87-77 loss to The Pistons in Detroit.

In between these two games, on Monday, he did have a 1-8 four point clunker against The Grizzlies in Memphis.

But, we'll give him a pass on that one considering it was first road trip back to back game in the NBA.

Besides his basketball IQ, the one thing I really like about the Gonzaga product Olynyk is he seems to have a real appreciation for the game and tradition of The Celtics and the NBA in general.

As a result, I think he will play hard most every night and is less likely to shun The Celtics for bigger money from a lesser team once his contract is up because The C's will be vastly improved when that time comes.

On a related note, The Celtics exercised their third-year option on Jared Sullinger on Thursday, guaranteeing the forward will be paid $1,424,520 for the 2014-15 season.

Sullinger is still under his rookie contract so will be a veritable bargain for that season.

Sullinger has also played well of late posting 12 points and five boards in the win last night and 16 points on 7-11 shooting and another five boards in just 21 minutes in The Celtics Monday light loss in Memphis.

The good news with Sullinger is by the end of next season The Celtics should have started to turn it around and be at the very least a playoff team with Rondo back, whomever they get in the draft and Jeff Green growing more into his lead scoring role on the team.

Hence, I think he also respects the fabled Celtic tradition and will want to stay with the team.

The one negative to Sullinger's game is his length, something that sometimes concerns me about Avery Bradley, but with Faverani and Olynyk The C's should have plenty of other length on the floor.

Not to mention, Jared plays excellent positional fundamental defense.

Also, both Sullinger and Kelly O have demonstrated they can hit the three ball, which will be huge in Stevens' system once he gets all the pieces in place.

So Celtic fans rejoice, the future is looking very bright for this team in the not so distant future.

Follow Clint on Twitter @coolhandc

Clint Corey 11/07/2013 04:50:00 PM Edit
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