Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Tyler Olynyk (/oʊˈlɪnɪk/ oh-LIN-ik; born April 19, 1991) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball in the United States for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, where he earned NCAA All-American honours in 2013. After forgoing his senior year, Olynyk was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA draft, before being immediately traded to the Boston Celtics. He also represents the Canadian national team.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk (cropped)
Olynyk with the Heat in March 2018
No. 9 – Miami Heat
PositionCenter / Power forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornApril 19, 1991 (age 28)
Toronto, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolSouth Kamloops
(Kamloops, British Columbia)
CollegeGonzaga (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Dallas Mavericks
Playing career2013–present
Career history
20132017Boston Celtics
2017–presentMiami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early life

Olynyk was born in Toronto, where he started playing basketball at an early age. He and fellow future NBA player Cory Joseph were both on a Scarborough Blues club team that rarely lost in the late 1990s and early 2000s. One defeat came against rival Toronto 5–0, led by Stephen Curry.[1] Olynyk moved to Kamloops, British Columbia when he was in grade 7.[2]

High school career

Olynyk did not attend a high school or prep school in the United States; he instead stayed home at South Kamloops Secondary School, exposing himself to U.S. competition and coaches while playing on provincial teams – competing at Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and non-AAU tournaments in the States – and the Canadian junior national team.[3] Olynyk developed as a point guard, continuing to play the position even after growing from 6'3" (1.90 m) to 6'10" (2.08 m) in grade 11.[3] Olynyk was heavily recruited out of high school by the likes of Syracuse, Providence and North Carolina State. He chose Gonzaga in part so he could play closer to home.[2]

Olynyk was named the Basketball BC outstanding high school player of the year in his grade 12 year, leading his South Kamloops Titans to a 36–2 record and a third-place finish at the BC AAA High School Boys' Basketball Championships.[4]

Olynyk was also a quarterback for the Titans when he was in high school and broke his arm during a playoff game in 2007.[4]

College career

Olynyk played college basketball at Gonzaga from 2009 to 2013. He was mostly a bench player for the Bulldogs in his freshman and sophomore years, averaging around 12 to 13 minutes per game. In order to improve his game and get stronger, Gonzaga and Olynyk agreed that he would redshirt his junior year (2011–12), meaning he would practice with the team, but not play.

Olynyk returned to the Bulldogs lineup for the first game of the 2012–13 season, and had a great season, being selected as a Consensus First-Team All-American, as well as to the 2012–13 Academic All-America first team.[5] Following his redshirt junior year, he opted for the NBA draft, thereby forgoing his senior year of eligibility (though by that time he had already received his bachelor's degree in accounting).[6][7]

Professional career

Boston Celtics (2013–2017)

Olynyk was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft and then traded immediately to the Boston Celtics for the rights to Lucas Nogueira and two future second round picks.[8] On July 7, 2013, Olynyk signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics.[9] Olynyk was selected alongside teammate Jared Sullinger on Team Webber for the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge.[10] After averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 70 games in 2013–14, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.

On October 29, 2014, the Celtics exercised their third-year team option on Olynyk's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[11] On December 15, 2014, he scored a career-high 30 points in a 105–87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[12] On January 22, 2015, he injured his ankle after landing on the foot of Thomas Robinson in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' 90–89 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. After being projected to return soon after the All-Star break, Olynyk didn't show signs of being ready to return, and subsequently missed 18 games. He returned to action on March 4 against the Utah Jazz.[13]

Olynyk missed the Celtics' 2015–16 season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 28 after being suspended for his role in Kevin Love's left shoulder injury during the 2015 playoffs.[14] Two days later, the Celtics exercised their fourth-year team option on Olynyk's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season.[15] On December 11, 2015, he scored a season-high 28 points in a 124–119 double overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors.[16] On March 16, 2016, he returned to action for the Celtics after missing the previous 12 games with an injured right shoulder.[17]

Olynyk missed the first six games of the 2016–17 season after undergoing right shoulder surgery in May 2016, and subsequently spent a day with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League in early November.[18] He made his season debut for the Celtics on November 9, 2016, playing 25 minutes and scoring two points in a 118–93 loss to the Washington Wizards.[19] On January 13, 2017, he set a new season high with 26 points in a 103–101 win over the Atlanta Hawks.[20] In Game 7 of Boston's second-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards on May 15, he scored 14 of his playoff career-high 26 points in the first 8:34 minutes of the fourth quarter, making five consecutive shots, to help the Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2012 with a 115–105 win and a 4–3 series victory.[21]

On July 4, 2017, the Celtics cut ties with Olynyk, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent.[22]

Miami Heat (2017–present)

On July 7, 2017, Olynyk signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Miami Heat.[23][24] In his debut for the Heat in their season opener on October 18, 2017, Olynyk scored 10 points in a 116–109 loss to the Orlando Magic.[25] On December 20, 2017, he scored a career-high 32 points in a 90–89 win over his former team, the Boston Celtics.[26] On March 19, 2018, he scored 30 points off the bench in a 149–141 double-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets, becoming the second reserve in Heat history to score 30.[27] Two days later, he recorded 22 points and a career-high 10 assists in a 119–98 win over the New York Knicks.[28]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Boston 70 9 20.0 .466 .351 .811 5.2 1.6 .5 .4 8.7
2014–15 Boston 64 13 22.2 .475 .349 .684 4.7 1.7 1.0 .6 10.3
2015–16 Boston 69 8 20.2 .455 .405 .750 4.1 1.5 .8 .5 10.0
2016–17 Boston 75 6 20.5 .512 .354 .732 4.8 2.0 .6 .4 9.0
2017–18 Miami 76 22 23.4 .497 .379 .770 5.7 2.7 .8 .5 11.5
2018–19 Miami 79 36 22.9 .463 .354 .822 4.7 1.8 .7 .5 10.0
Career 433 94 21.6 .478 .367 .765 4.9 1.9 .7 .5 9.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 Boston 4 0 13.3 .538 .500 .500 1.3 .5 .5 .5 4.5
2016 Boston 4 0 8.0 .111 .000 1.0 .8 .3 .0 .5
2017 Boston 18 2 19.2 .512 .319 .733 3.2 1.9 .7 .8 9.2
2018 Miami 5 0 29.2 .477 .421 .700 4.6 3.8 1.4 1.2 12.8
Career 31 2 18.6 .487 .347 .712 2.9 1.9 .7 .7 8.0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Gonzaga 34 0 12.3 .500 .222 .596 2.7 0.8 0.5 0.1 3.8
2010–11 Gonzaga 35 4 13.5 .574 .444 .618 3.8 0.7 0.3 0.1 5.8
2012–13 Gonzaga 32 27 26.4 .629 .300 .776 7.3 1.7 0.7 1.1 17.8
Career 101 31 17.2 .594 .333 .709 4.6 1.1 0.5 0.5 8.9

Personal life

Olynyk's father, Ken, was head men's basketball coach at the University of Toronto from 1989 to 2002 and the Canadian junior men's national team from 1983 to 1996, notably cutting future Canadian basketball icon Steve Nash from the junior national team.[3] His mother, Arlene, was a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS; now U Sports) women's basketball referee.[3] From 1995 to 2004, his mother worked for the Toronto Raptors, with one of her jobs being scorekeeper. In 2003,[29] Ken became the athletic director at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, with the rest of the family soon joining him in Kamloops.[3] Olynyk has two sisters, Jesse and Maya; the latter played CIS basketball for the Saskatchewan Huskies. Olynyk's family is of Ukrainian origin.[30]

See also

References

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2010–11 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2010–11 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University in the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs are members of the West Coast Conference, and were led by head coach Mark Few. They played their home games at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the university campus in Spokane, Washington.

The team lost the 2010 WCC Player of the Year Matt Bouldin to graduation, but returned the rest of their starting lineup. Three of the returning players participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey—Elias Harris for Germany and Kelly Olynyk and Robert Sacre for Canada. Gonzaga was the only NCAA school with more than one player involved in the 2010 Worlds.

The Bulldogs finished the 2010–11 season 25–10, 11–3 in WCC play to share the regular season championship with Saint Mary's. They defeated Saint Mary's in the championship game of the 2011 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament to earn an automatic bid in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. As the 11 seed in the southeast region, the defeated 6 seed St. John's in the second round before falling to 3 seed Brigham Young in the third round.

2011–12 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2011–12 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University in the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs (also informally referred to as the "Zags"), members of the West Coast Conference, were led by head coach Mark Few, in his 13th season at the school. The Zags played most of their home games at the McCarthey Athletic Center on the university campus in Spokane, Washington, but played one home game at Spokane Arena, located in downtown Spokane about 2 miles (3 km) from the Gonzaga campus. The team also played one game at KeyArena in Seattle, a contest billed as the "Battle in Seattle". This season, the Zags also played a game against Hawaiʻi at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. It was something of a homecoming for center Robert Sacre who is from North Vancouver. The Zags had three Canadians on this year's roster, one of whom (Kelly Olynyk) was redshirted and did not play in 2011–12.

They finished the season 26–7, 13–3 in WCC play to finish in second place. They lost in the championship game of the West Coast Basketball Tournament to Saint Mary's. They received an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, their 14th straight tournament bid, where they defeated West Virginia in the second round before falling in the third round to Ohio State.

2012–13 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2012–13 Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Gonzaga University in the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played their home games at the McCarthey Athletic Center, which has a capacity of 6,000. The Bulldogs (also informally referred to as the Zags), were in their 33rd season as a member of the West Coast Conference, and were led by head coach Mark Few, who was in his 14th season as head coach. In the previous season, the Zags gained a record of 26–7 and reached the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

On March 4, 2013, Gonzaga was the top-ranked team in the nation for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs were the fifth team to be ranked number one during the 2013 season.

2012–13 West Coast Conference men's basketball season

The 2012–13 West Coast Conference men's basketball season began with practices in October 2012 and ended with the 2013 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the Orleans Arena March 6–11, 2013 in Las Vegas. The regular season began in November, with the conference schedule starting at the end of December.

This was the 62nd season for the conference, and the 24th under its current name as "West Coast Conference". The conference began as the California Basketball Association in 1952, became the West Coast Athletic Conference in 1956, and dropped the word "Athletic" in 1989. After having no changes from 1980 until 2011, the conference will have its second change in three years in 2013. Original conference founder, and a fellow faith-based, private school Pacific will rejoin the conference. Pacific will come from the Big West.

2013 NBA Summer League

The 2013 NBA Summer League is a pro basketball league run by the NBA just after the 2013 NBA draft. It gives newly drafted players a chance to test their skills against each other, and to give them a feel for professional basketball. All 30 NBA teams participated, along with the D-League Select. The Miami Heat were the only team to participate in both Summer Leagues. It ran from July 7–12 in Orlando and July 12–22 in Las Vegas. Jeremy Lamb of the Oklahoma City Thunder was named the Most Valuable Player of the Orlando Summer League. Jonas Valančiūnas of the Toronto Raptors went on to be named the Most Valuable Player of the Las Vegas Summer League. Ian Clark of the Golden State Warriors was named the Most Valuable Player of the Las Vegas Summer League Championship Game.

2013 NBA draft

The 2013 NBA draft was held on June 27, 2013, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The lottery took place on May 21, 2013. This was the first draft for New Orleans under their new Pelicans name after playing as the New Orleans Hornets previously. It would also be the last draft for the Charlotte Bobcats under their old name, as they went back to playing under their old Hornets moniker that they last used in 2002 once the 2013–14 NBA season was over. Anthony Bennett, the first pick, bounced around the league, and then was finally released by the Brooklyn Nets after averaging just 5.2 PPG. He is considered the most recent candidate of being named the worst #1 draft pick in recent memory, with next to no major media outlets even considering him a potential #1 pick up until the day of the draft.Highlights of the draft included the first Canadian number one selection (Anthony Bennett). The draft also included the first Canadian pair of lottery picks (Bennett and Kelly Olynyk), the first Iranian draft choice (Arsalan Kazemi), the first New Zealander first round pick (Steven Adams) and the last first round draft selections announced by then-NBA commissioner David Stern, the very last of which included a visit by Hakeem Olajuwon, Stern's first pick he ever announced back in 1984. He was replaced by current commissioner Adam Silver beginning with the 2014 NBA draft.

2013 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. The 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) for the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors choose at least a first and second 5-man team. The NABC, TSN and AP choose third teams, while AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 2013 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team.Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists. The ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans. The ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. The scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) are termed Academic All-Americans.

2013 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2013 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 6–11, 2013 at the Orleans Arena in the Las Vegas-area community of Paradise, Nevada. Gonzaga, which entered the tournament as the top-ranked team in both major polls, claimed the school's 12th tournament title overall and 10th under current head coach Mark Few.

2013–14 Boston Celtics season

The 2013–14 Boston Celtics season was the franchise's 68th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Celtics made several major changes to the team, including hiring Brad Stevens as the new head coach and sending Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics finished 25–57 and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Also, as of 2018, this is the last time the Celtics failed to qualify for the playoffs.

2014 NBA Summer League

The 2014 NBA Summer League consists of two pro basketball leagues organized by the NBA and the Orlando Magic just after the 2014 NBA Draft. Ten teams took part in the week-long summer league at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, from July 5 to 11, 2014. The other summer league was the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, having taken place at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Paradise, Nevada (near Las Vegas) from July 11 to 21, 2014, with 23 NBA teams and the NBA D-League Select team participating. The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers participated in both leagues.

The Philadelphia 76ers won the Orlando Pro Summer League Championship by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in the title game, 91–75. Elfrid Payton was named the league's most valuable player.The Sacramento Kings won the Las Vegas NBA Summer League Championship by defeating the Houston Rockets in the title game, 77–68. Glen Rice, Jr. of the Washington Wizards was named the league's most valuable player. Ray McCallum of the Kings was named the most valuable player of the championship game.

2014–15 Boston Celtics season

The 2014–15 Boston Celtics season was the 69th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA)., The Boston Celtics finished the regular season with a 40–42 won-loss record, which was the 2nd best in the Atlantic division

The Celtics made several transactions during the season. Rajon Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on December 18, 2014, Austin Rivers was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans on January 12, but three days later, he was again traded to the Los Angeles Clippers after refusing to suit up for the Celtics, and in February, Isaiah Thomas was acquired from the Phoenix Suns.

On March 9, 2015, the Celtics passed the previous season's win total of 25 with a 100–90 win over the Miami Heat.

On April 13, 2015, the Celtics qualified for the playoffs for the 7th time in the last 8 seasons and for the first time since 2012–13. Their season ended after being swept in the first round playoff series by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2015–16 Boston Celtics season

The 2015–16 Boston Celtics season was the 70th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Celtics finished the year at 48–34, their best record since their 2011–12 season and their first winning season since 2013.

For the first time in his career, Isaiah Thomas was voted to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. For the second straight season under Brad Stevens, the Celtics qualified for the playoffs, this time as the number 5 seed. However, the Celtics once again did not make it out of the first round as they were stopped by the Atlanta Hawks in six games.

2016–17 Boston Celtics season

The 2016–17 Boston Celtics season was the 71st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team obtained the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2008 when they won the NBA title. At 53–29, they finished with the lowest winning percentage of a No. 1 seed since the Detroit Pistons in 2007.

In the playoffs, the Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls in the First Round in six games, advancing to the Semifinals, where they then defeated the Washington Wizards in seven games, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games.

Isaiah Thomas was voted to play in the 2017 All-Star Game.

Following the season, Avery Bradley was traded to the Detroit Pistons, Kelly Olynyk signed with the Miami Heat and Thomas and Jae Crowder were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ending the Isaiah Thomas era in Boston in exchange for Kyrie Irving.

2017–18 Miami Heat season

The 2017–18 Miami Heat season was the 30th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). On the February 8, 2018 NBA trade deadline, the Heat regained star shooting guard Dwyane Wade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a future second round pick, reuniting him with the Heat after losing him to free agency in July 2016. Despite a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 9, 2018,The Miami Heat clinched their playoff berth for the eighth time in the last ten seasons. Furthermore, they would win their division on April 11 with an overtime win over the Toronto Raptors and having the Washington Wizards lose to the Orlando Magic, thus making them the lowest seeded playoff team to win a division championship since the NBA changed how playoff seedings would be placed back in 2016.

They finished the regular season with 44–38, which clinched the 6th seed and the Southeast Division. In the playoffs, the Heat faced the 3rd seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the First Round and were defeated in 5 games.

2018–19 Miami Heat season

The 2018–19 Miami Heat season was the 31st season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

This was Dwyane Wade's final season, after playing 16 years in the league. Believed by many fans as the greatest Heat player of all time, Wade led the team to their first championship title in 2006, and led the team to back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. He also led the team to 11 playoff appearances, 1 Conference Finals (2005), and NBA Finals appearances in 2011 and 2014. Including his honorary All-Star spot this season, Wade also has 13 total NBA All-Star Game appearances to his name.

On February 4, 2019, the Heat announced their retirement of Chris Bosh's jersey with the team on March 26 against the Orlando Magic. However, this season would result of getting eliminated from playoff contention on April 9th, due to the Pistons beating the Grizzlies.

Canada men's national basketball team

The Canadian men's national basketball team is currently ranked 23rd by FIBA. Athletes for this team are selected by Canada Basketball. The team's head coach is Jay Triano and its general manager is Steve Nash, both former captains of the national team.

In nine Olympic appearances, Canada has only won one medal in basketball – a silver at the 1936 Games in Berlin. The team finished fourth in 1976 and 1984. Canada has won six medals at the FIBA AmeriCup – two silver medals in 1980 and 1999, as well as four bronze medals in 1984, 1988, 2001, and 2015. The team also won its first medal at the Pan American Games, a silver medal, in 2015.

Canada won its only gold medal at a university-level tournament, the 1983 Summer Universiade, which the country hosted in Edmonton, Alberta.

Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are an intercollegiate men's basketball program representing Gonzaga University. The school competes in the West Coast Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Gonzaga Bulldogs play home basketball games at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington on the university campus.

Gonzaga has had 15 of its players receive the WCC Player of the Year award, and two players, Frank Burgess in 1961 with 32.4 points per game, and Adam Morrison in 2006 with 28.1 points per game, have led the nation in scoring. Adam Morrison was named the Co-National Player of the year for the 2005–06 season.

Since the mid-1990s, Gonzaga has established itself as one of the closest things to a major basketball power in a mid-major conference. They have been to every NCAA Tournament since 1999, a year in which they made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, and have appeared in every final AP poll since the 2008–09 season. They have also appeared in all but one WCC conference title game since 1995, and in every conference title game since 1998, winning 16 of them. This culminated in 2016–17, when the Bulldogs went to their first Final Four in school history, advancing all the way to the national championship game.

List of Canadians in the National Basketball Association

This is a list of basketball players from Canada who have played in the NBA.

Oleynik

Oleynik, also Oleinik (Russian: Олейник) may refer to:

Larisa Oleynik (born 1981), American actress

Anatoly V. Oleynik, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nizhni Novgorod

Alexey Oleinik

Olga Arsenievna Oleinik (1925–2001), Soviet mathematician

Aleksandr Oleinik

Frank Oleynick (born 1955), American retired basketball player (not to be confused with NBA player Kelly Olynyk)

Kyle Oleynik American Author and writer of fictional novels.

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