Jared Sullinger Showing Potential Against Kings
This Celtics season has left a lot to be desired for most Celtic fans. Sure it was always going to be a rebuilding year but fans always love to keep the faith. Unfortunately for those fans the Celtics have not exceeded expectations, in fact they have performed almost exactly as expected. Despite the Celtics uninspiring entry into rebuild mode Jared Sullinger shows a high ceiling, and has provided production,energy, and hope for hometown fans.
In last nights match up against the Sacramento Kings Sullinger not only flashed potential for the future, he was downright dominant. Sullinger was able to score 31 points on 14 of 24 shooting while showcasing a wide variety of scoring options whether inside or outside (1-3 from three). Not only did Sullinger Score but he was a nightmare on the glass reeling in 16 total boards including 4 offensive rebounds.
This isn't the first time that Sully has made huge contributions to this Celtics team. Sullinger has scored 2o points or more ten times, and also has recorded 10+ boards 18 times this season. His flashes of potential are only getting more impressive as the season wears on as Sullinger has recorded a double double in each of his last four games averaging nearly 24 points during that stretch. Averaging 13.4 points and 8 rebounds a game for the season, Sullinger hasn't been the consistent force that he has been over the last 4 game, but Celtics fans should be excited because at the age of 21 he can only get better.
To truly measure Sullinger's potential one must look back to his college days. Early into Sullinger's career at Ohio State he was touted as a top draft pick, even the number one pick on several draft boards. He flashed all the offensive tools then that he showed last night against the Kings. Without his string of back problems Sullinger very well might have been a top five pick and wouldn't be on the Celtics roster, but Celtics fans should enjoy it because right now Jared Sullinger looks like the steal of the draft.
With the potential of a top five draft pick and the motor of an undrafted rookie the ceiling appears to be very high for Sullinger. However only time will tell if he can convert his talent consistently and become an 18 and ten guy every night.