The Celtics' MVP so far this season: Jared Sullinger
With Rajon Rondo yet to play in a game for the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens' club has been in search of a leader on the court.
Jordan Crawford has done a fantastic job to date filling in at the point guard spot. Crawford's unexpected success warrants him a look as the Celtics' MVP so far, but when you boil it down, Jared Sullinger is the clear cut answer.
Sullinger is averaging 15.4 PPG and 9.9 RPG as a starter this season, playing around 31 minutes per start. But when you break down his plus/minus on the season is where it really gets interesting. Here is a clip from ESPN's Chris Forsberg:
+44 - Sullinger -6 - Phil Pressey -13 - Kris Humphries -19 - Jordan Crawford, Courtney Lee -29 - Jeff Green -50 - Kelly Olynyk -53 - Vitor Faverani -63 - Brandon Bass -66 - Avery Bradley -68 - Gerald Wallace Sullinger isn't just plus-44 this season, the Celtics are a staggering minus-113 when he's off the court.
Dominant numbers for Sullinger there when you put it all together. At the same time it shows us how miserable the Celtics really are with one player winning his time on the court. The minus-113 really does speak for itself though. Sully needs to be on the court big minutes this season, and has a shot to develop into a star.