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Celtics Morning Joe: Sullinger a smart basketball player

Posted by shawn cassidy on October 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM

(Late edition)


The praises continue to come in for Sullinger. They hype surrounding him doesn't bother me, because I believe he can live up to it. When you have KG saying this.

"Sully is very intelligent player. Very, very high IQ basketball."


I know Sullinger will live up to this hype that surrounds him. Of course I worry about him, but when a player understands the game. I give the benefit of the doubt. If you thought KG had some nice words. Rondo went one better with his high praise on the rookie.



 

"[Sullinger is] probably the smartest rookie we've had since I've been here," said Rondo. "He's very intelligent, high basketball IQ, and he's very unselfish. He doesn't need a play called for him. He's been getting his points just off the little dirty work."



When a player gets points off what the offense, or defense gives. That's a smart player understanding the game, it's simple just like that. Sullinger did show some humbleness with his new found role as a possible starter.



"It's easy when you've got greats like that playing with you," said Sullinger. "They make the game so much easier, so I can't complain. They tell me to do something and I do it. Most of the time they're never going to put me in a situation where I'm going to fail, so it's easy to play with those guys."


I believe so far that Sullinger should start. If he plays that well with the starting unit, and if it showcases him better. Then the Celtics should start the rookie.

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5 Comments

Reply Franklin
12:26 PM on October 11, 2012 
I think NBA teams may start testing for basketball iq
Reply paul
12:32 PM on October 11, 2012 
Oh geez, Franklin, please don't say that. We don't need more fakey 'advanced stats' in basketball.

Ainge has what Auerbach never seemed to have; the ability to pick winners after the top ten positions in the draft. Sully is going to be a player. You can tell by the way he goes at the basket. You can tell by the way he measures a situation and then acts decisively.
Reply Franklin
12:45 PM on October 11, 2012 
paul says...
Oh geez, Franklin, please don't say that. We don't need more fakey 'advanced stats' in basketball.

Ainge has what Auerbach never seemed to have; the ability to pick winners after the top ten positions in the draft. Sully is going to be a player. You can tell by the way he goes at the basket. You can tell by the way he measures a situation and then acts decisively.

I mean in actual simulation in pre draft camp. But of course that wouldn't work, I was just saying that NBA teams just miss out on high IQ guys a lot. And its our gain just like u said.
Reply Celts9
12:47 PM on October 11, 2012 
Its a move that will showcase Dannys smarts for the game. A lot of luck on our part. Why wouldn't anyone take him, its insane. Its our gain.
Reply jlil89
2:24 PM on October 11, 2012 
Sully in the starting unit would make a wonderful inside/out game with KG. Bass would beastly rolling with the second unit with his pick n pop that can be run with Terry & Lee. Having options is such a great problem to have!