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Kamloops Kelly Olynyk selected 13th overall by the Dallas Mavericks, continues historic Canadian climb

Kamloops Kelly Olynyk Selected 13th Overall By The Dallas Mavericks, Continues Historic Canadian Climb
Kamloops Kelly Olynyk Selected 13th Overall By The Dallas Mavericks, Continues Historic Canadian Climb

Brooklyn, NY – (BasketballBuzz) – On a night where a Brampton’s Anthony Bennett become the first Canadian basketball player to be selected first overall, it was Kamloops, B.C native Kelly Olynyk who kept the historic night going.

The Dallas Mavericks selected Olynyk with the 13th Overall pick, making it the first time ever that two Canadian basketball players have been chosen in the NBA Lottery. (Picks 1-14).

Olynyks’ Mavericks experience didn’t last long as he was quickly shipped to the Boston Celtics to be a part of a new era in Beantown, USA.

Canada’s NBA invasion continues to make history and last night’s accomplishments are a testament to just how good Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk really is or just how great of a season he had with the Bulldogs, after red-shirting to focus on his game.

Last year (2012) the historic moment belonged to Andrew Nicholson, Kris Joseph and Robert Sacre who made history to becoming the first Canadian trio to go in a NBA draft.

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The previous year (2011) it was Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph who shared the spotlight for the first duo to go in the first-round.

Olynyk’s 13th pick ranks as the third highest selection by a Canadian basketball player. Fellow British Columbia native Steve Nash and Two-Time MVP went 15th to the in the 1996 draft to the Phoenix Suns.

Top 10 Canadian Basketball Players selected in the NBA Draft

1. Anthony Bennett – (Brampton, ON, 2013 – #1 Cleveland Cavaliers/UNLV Rebels)

2. Tristan Thompson – (Brampton, ON, 2011 – #4 Cleveland Cavaliers/Texas Longhorns)

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3. Kelly Olynyk – (Kamloops, B.C, 2013 – #13 Dallas Mavericks/Gonzaga Bulldogs)

4. Steve Nash – (Victoria, B.C, 1996 – #15 Phoenix Suns/Santa Clara Broncos)

5. Bill Wennington – (Montreal, QC, 1985 – #16 Dallas Mavericks/St.Johns Red Storm)

6. Leo Rautins – (Toronto, ON, 1982 – #17 Philadelphia Sixers/Syracuse Orange)

7. Jamal Mcgloire – (Toronto, ON, 2012 – #19 Charlotte Bobcats/Kentucky Wildcats)

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8. Andrew Nicholson – (Mississauga, ON, 2012 – #19 Orlando Magic/St. Bonaventure Bonnies)

9. Rick Fox – (Toronto, ON, 2001 – #21 Boston Celtics/North Carolina Tar Heels)

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10. Samuel Dalembert – (Montreal, QC, 2001 – #26 Philadephia 76ers/Seton Hall)

For Olynyk to rank third amongst this growing list of players is quite the accomplishment, specially after many had written him off.

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