|Posted by shawn cassidy on July 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM|
I promise I won't be one of those fans who are unrealistic about rookies. I've never been before. But for Sullinger, I was a fan before he put on the Green. If you don't know already, and it won't be the last time I say it. But I am an OSU fan, and not your run of the mill fan. My hate for the Lakers, reaches all the way to Michigan for the Wolverines. I hate the Lakers more than the rivals of the Buckeyes. But I love the Buckeyes. Enough love for my old state.
Sullinger became one of the breakout stars during summer league. He put up 11 points, and 8 boards a game. Jared may have solidified himself as a candidate for Doc Rivers' rotation next season. Sullinger showed off his rebounding skills, something the Celtics desperately need for the past three seasons.
"That's part of my game, rebounding," Sullinger said after the Celtics' final summer league game on Sunday. "As long as you rebound, you're always going to have a job around here. That's my whole goal, is to keep my job, my occupation, so rebounding is going to be the mainstay around here."
How great would this be. Sullinger the true hidden gem of the draft. If you look at past seasons. Doc used Glen Davis his rookie season, when the Celtics competed for a title in 2008. Powe was playing in his second season in 2008, but he impacted the Celtics like no other big since, coming off the bench. I'm personally hoping for an impact much like Powe gave the Celtics. If Sullinger can do that his rookie season, than the Celtics are deeper than advertised.
On numerous occasions, Sullinger found himself up against taller opponents in Vegas. Jared's offensive rebounding is something that the Celtics crave also, like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. For you adults, is could be a nice cold beer. But the Celtics could be sitting on a player that is ready to explode on the scene.
I can see Sullinger getting minutes over Collins, despite Sullinger being undersized at center. Sullinger was close to blocking a shot per game as well, not bad at all. Shooting 35% won't cut it in the NBA at his size. That percentage looks like a three-point percentage. I feel really good about this rookie. I was excited draft night, and I can't wait to see Sullinger play. How much will he play, who knows, but I think he gets some minutes.