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Big games from Kelly Olynyk, Darius Johnson-Odom lead Celtics over Pistons in summer league 07.08.13 at 5:05 pm ET
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Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk

Guard Darius Johnson-Odom scored a game-high 22 points over the bench while Celtics first-round pick Kelly Olynyk added 13 points, six rebounds and five steals as Boston beat Detroit, 93-63, in a summer league blowout in Orlando.

“It’s an asset if you can go inside-out,” Olynyk told NBA TV after Boston’s first win of summer league. After scoring 25 points in Sunday’s first game, Olynyk added an all-around game on Monday, chipping in with three assists and a blocked shot.

The Celtics were in complete control of the game, jumping out to a 30-9 lead after one quarter. The Celtics benefitted from balanced scoring as 12 of 13 players on the roster scored.

It was just the sixth 30-point decision in the history of summer league play in Orlando.

Phil Pressey was on the only other Celtics player in double figures, scoring 12 points.

While the Celtics improved to 1-1 in summer league, the Pistons, coached by Rasheed Wallace, suffered their first loss and evened their record at 1-1.

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Marquette G Darius Johnson-Odom 06.27.12 at 11:45 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.

Darius Johnson-Odom has speed but not size to be a shooting guard in the NBA. (AP)

DARIUS JOHNSON-ODOM

Position: Shooting guard

School: Marquette

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 215 pounds

Achievements: 2012 All-Big East first team, 2012 All-America honorable mention (AP), 2011 All-Big East second team

Key 2011-12 stats: 18.3 points, 38.5 3-point FG%, 44.7 FG%,

What he brings: Johnson-Odom brings a ton of speed, especially in transition, which he can use to create easy scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. He can score in a number of ways effectively — in transition, driving to the basket and from the perimeter — which is a reason why he was able to rank second in the Big East in scoring this season.

As far as weaknesses go, Johnson-Odom is considered undersized for his position at 6-foot-2 and at times he lacks point guard instincts and the ability to create for others, which will likely land him as an off-the-bench, role-playing 2 guard at the next level. What he lacks in size he can make up for in a high basketball IQ and his ability to score from the perimeter, but he might struggle trying to score inside against much bigger NBA players.

Where the Celtics could get him: Johnson-Odom is expected to be a mid-to-late-second-round pick.

Notes: In the second round of the 2011 NCAA tournament, Johnson-Odom knocked down a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining to seal a 66-62 victory over Syracuse and send Marquette to the Sweet 16.

Recent articles:

Chicago Tribune: Marquette’s Johnson-Odom avoiding projections

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: MU duo try to impress at NBA combine

USA Today: Marquette’s Jae Crowder, Darius Johnson-Odom senior leaders

Video: Here are some highlights of Johnson-Odom during his time at Marquette, starting with some ferocious dunks.

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