|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 13, 2012 at 7:35 AM|
From day one I have been excited to have Sullinger in green. Mainly for selfish reasons. I love my Ohio State teams, and Sullinger is a Buckeye. Lets face it, the summer games are fun, and we get to look at the players, and we get a feel for them. We've learned that Sullinger can play with his back to the basket pretty well. He attacks the glass. He gets to the line. He can hit mid-range jumpers. Love it already, but can it translate in an actual NBA game coming November? Looking at the roster as of today, Sullinger will be expected to back-up Bass, or Kevin. Even if the Celtics pick-up Wilcox. Sullinger will get minutes throughout the regular season.
We know the story about Sullinger. It was another classic tale of NBA teams passing on a top ten, or even five talent for that matter, because of an injury.
“Coming out of college, I heard a lot of people compare him to (Cavs forward) Samardo Samuels,” said one scout. “That’s ridiculous. Samuels is just fine, but the only thing they have in common is their wide frames. Sullinger is so much more skilled it’s not funny. He understands the game and is a tireless worker. If he stays healthy, a lot of teams will regret not (drafting) him sooner.”
The scout went on to predict Sullinger would be an immediate starter for a lot of teams. “In some situations,” the scout said, “he’d be a go-to guy.”
I feel good in Danny's pick. Look at Rondo, he was a late pick (21st) compared to the rest of the players in the draft. Rondo should have been drafted in the top five, but the great thing is he wasn't. We got him, and he gets to laugh about it. I'm optomistic about Sullinger, and I hope he has a breakout rookie season.