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Spurs: Ranking Top 5 free agents from Texas NBA teams

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2. Kelly Olynyk - Houston Rockets

Who knew a trip to Houston was all Kelly Olynyk needed to play like a borderline All-Star? Beginning his career in 2013 with the Celtics, the 6-11 center/power forward has usually hovered around the 10-points, 5-rebounds per game mark, but he upped that number dramatically with the Rockets.

In a career-high 31 minutes per game, Olynyk averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game through 27 games played with the Rockets. On top of that, he shot 39.2 percent from beyond the arc on 4.6 attempts per game.

Kelly's numbers across the board were at or near the highest they've been in a season with Houston, and his ability to stretch the floor at his size has made him a valuable asset. After losing just about everyone from the 2019-20 Rockets that made the second round of the playoffs, one of their bright spots has been the play of their newly-acquired big man.

While his shooting has been sensational, his defense could give the Rockets pause when it comes to how much they'll pay to retain Olynyk. Kelly made $12.5 million this season and is set to be an unrestricted free agent on August 2.

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