Boston Celtics: Breaking Down Jared Sullinger's Emergence

By Jared Hughes
Benny Sieu – USA TODAY Sports

A former Ohio State BuckeyeJared Sullinger is emerging as a great player for the Boston Celtics.

The 6-foot-9 power forward may lack athleticism, but that doesn’t stop him from being the effective big man the Celtics need him to be. This time last year I thought Sullinger might be trade bait but him in Boston is working out just fine. Second coming of Big Baby Glen Davis or no? Maybe better, but only time will tell.

The skillset that Sullinger possesses is unique when combining it with his size. Coming into the league, he was told he needed to lose weight but his weight has been giving him an advantage down low in some games. Sharing minutes with Bass may have been an albatross to his efficiency but when he gets the time, he makes the best of it.

Posting 21 points and 14 rebounds in the game against Milwaukee Bucks, Sullinger made some believe Boston has a legit low post player to go alongside Rajon Rondo. Sullinger’s toughness and ability to use his size effectively should serve him well in the league. Under Brad Stevens, he will only get better and expect more points and rebounds with No. 9 back in the lineup.

He has the opportunity to put up career high numbers and also help the C’s win. Since superstar power forward Kevin Garnett has gone to the Brooklyn Nets, the Celtics were in search of someone who could score down low and bang with the best of them; Sullinger may be the answer.

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