2014-15 Numbers Entering Sunday: 14.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 44.0 FG%, 30.7 3PT %
Ability has never been an issue for Jared Sullinger, but the two-time All-American saw his stock slide in the 2012 NBA Draft because of his underwhelming athleticism and was medically red-flagged with nagging back issues. Now that we have been through almost 3 full seasons, scouts are starting to realize that they should have selected the Ohio State stud in 2012.
For the second consecutive season, Sullinger has averaged better than 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists per 36 minutes for a brief stretch during the season. To make these numbers really stand note and look noteworthy, Sullinger there are only 3 other players that are averaging those numbers this season and he is in good company in that department. The other players are Pau Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins and Nikola Vucevic.
Sullinger, who is only averaging 28.7 minutes per game, has more double-doubles (10) than both Paul Millsap and Chris Bosh. Sullinger has also knocked down more 3-pointers (43) than Marco Belinelli, who is one of the premiere 3-point shooters in the NBA.
Jared Sullinger is just simply overloaded with offensive talent. He can score both inside and out, create scoring chances for others or find some of his own on the offensive glass. While he gives back some of what he gets at the other end, his basketball IQ and activity on the defensive boards already have huge benefits for the Celtics.
The Celtics have been very happy with the fast progression of Jared Sullinger and I’m really thankful that we were able to turn a 21st overall draft pick into a steal. Sullinger just continues to grow and has already struck the attention of a lot of teams from around the league. He will eventually become a star player soon, you just wait.