|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 7, 2013 at 1:05 AM|
I think many believe Sully will have a good year, and I believe he will as well. I think the main area that I would like to see Sully improve in is with his rebounding. He had a solid 6 boards per game on limited rookie minutes, and I think with his new role, we could see an even bigger jump. I think 12 points and around 10 rebounds would be ideal in year two.
Well now there's good news - in an otherwise rough offseason for the C's - on the Sullinger front, as he told the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn that he was cleared for full basketball activity last week.
Sullinger averaged 6.0 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Celtics last year, after sliding all the way to them at the No. 21 pick in the NBA Draft for those same back problems feared by other NBA GM's.
C's GM Danny Ainge took a chance on Sullinger and reaped the benefits while Sullinger was healthy, even though the numbers may not jump out. But Sullinger was averaging 7.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in January before his last game of the season on January 30, of which he only played four minutes in a 99-81 win over the Kings. Sullinger also put up five double-digit rebound games in January.
Sullinger looks to have a much bigger role on the C's this season, as one of the few young, promising big men the C's have on their rebuilding roster. Last season playing and learning alongside Kevin Garnett should prove wonders for Sullinger going forward - assuming, of course, he can stay healthy.