Adam Jones: Celtics Need To Figure Out Kelly Olynyk’s Ceiling Before Season’s End

BOSTON (CBS) – Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs came to town Wednesday night and defeated the Boston Celtics 104-92, and with the loss the C’s fell to 4-18 against the Western Conference.

Rookie Kelly Olynyk put together his second straight double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and it was the third time in his past four games scoring in double figures.

After a horrid month of January the Celtics in the year’s second month were much improved, winning 4 of their 6 games heading into the All Star Break.

Even with Rajon Rondo getting healthier by the day, a playoff berth is likely not in the cards for the hometown team, so now the goal for this Celtics organization is to figure out what they have in their roster.

It’s evident that Jared Sullinger is on his way to becoming a very good NBA player, but what about Kelly Olynyk? What’s his ceiling?

Adam Jones thinks that question will be hard to figure out with Brandon Bass still on the roster.

“Trade away Brandon Bass. Nevermind the tanking aspect of it, but trade him away so Olynyk can play more and you can find out what he is. Don’t go into next season asking that question. That’s something you should be working on down the stretch and play him next to Sullinger to see what you got there,” said Adam Jones.

“If you’re the Celtics that’s one of the primary reasons you trade [Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries and Jeff Green]. Beyond just losses in the interim and improving your standing in the lottery, it’s that you figure out how Olynyk and Sullinger fit together. Theoretically, that can be a frontcourt for you in the future.”

Jones admits he’s not banking on that happening, but clearly the Celtics liked Olynyk coming out of Gonzaga after they traded up in the first round to get him, so figuring out what his ceiling is before season’s end would certainly be a worthwhile endeavor.

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