In this week’s edition of ‘A Study In Green’ we focus on our favourite rookie, Jared Sullinger! Let’s take a look a how Sully’s season turned out.
Jared Sullinger proved to us this past season that he can compete in the NBA. He showed that his rebounding could be elite with another couple of seasons under his belt. Sullinger has great body positioning skills when fighting for rebounds.
This kid is a player that quickly became a fan favourite, mainly because of the way he never gives up on a play and the way he hustles when fighting for rebounds.
Sullinger got the rookie treatment from the refs all season. He was fouled out quite often, but don’t think that made him back down from the challenge.
While his numbers don’t jump at you; 6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game, one thing that does stand out is that he grabbed 22.1% of available defensive rebounds. Compare that to 15 time All-Star, Kevin Garnett, who grabbed 25.8% last season. Not a bad start if you ask me!
The obvious disappointment of his season was the season ending back injury that we all hoped would never come. It did though, and the Celtics thought it was better to get the surgery straightaway than wait for it to hurt him down the track, later in his career.
This injury had plagued him during his time with Ohio State, and also made him fall all the way down to the Celtics, who were able to select him with the 21st pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Teams were wary of picking him, but the Celtics jumped at him, and I truly believe it will pay off.
I would definitely say Sullinger’s first NBA season was a success, even though it was cut short by injury. Sullinger showed glimpses of what to expect in the future for the Celtics. He showed Celtic Pride and played the way we would love to see all Celtics play.
I can only hope that he comes back next season stronger and with his back fully recovered, he should be able to play big minutes and produce big numbers too!
What did you think of Sully’s rookie NBA season? Do you think he can be a building block for the future of the franchise?