Primary Position: Power Foward
Secondary Position: Center
Weight: 280 lbs.
Jared Sullinger came in praised as a top 5 prospect in the 2012 draft, but when NBA doctors found out he had serious back issues, he wan't even a lock for the first round! That made him fall to the 20th with the Celtics. Despite his tumble, he couldn't have been in a better situation. He got the chance to learn from a legendary coach in Doc Rivers. He also played with future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett, who early in his career played similarly to Sullinger. Even though those two left after his first year in the NBA, Sullinger was still in a great spot! He had little competition in the starting frontcourt and was one of the Celtics main options on offense.
He has shown a jump shot that was unseen in college, though it is still a work in progress as he averaged 26.9% from 3-Point range last season. His passing is an underrated skill of his, per 36 minutes he averaged 2.1 assists and an assist rate of 10% which ranks in the top 10 for Power Fowards. His experience playing with Kevin Garnett will help him in that area because Garnett is one of the all-time best passing bigmen. He also is an astounding rebounder. He was 8th in the league in Offensive Rebounds and Offensive Rebound Rate. Sullinger also was in the top 15 in contested rebound rate! He often gets criticized for his low field goal percentage of 42.7% but he averaged close to 50% on just 2-Point attempts which is not bad for an undersized player. Sullinger's biggest weakness is his defense. Per 36 minutes he barely averages a block! That is abysmal for a Power Foward! He also lacks athleticism and tires very quickly! He shot 4% better in the first half rather than the second per basketball-reference.com. He himself has admitted that his low stamina has held him back in terms of minutes and production. Over this offseason his main focus has been trying to add muscle and stamina while losing weight. I beleive Sullinger has the potential to be a poor man's Kevin Love, as both are great rebounders and solid perimiter shooters, while they both struggle constantly on defense.