As far as second-year leaps go, Jared Sullinger’s 2013-14 campaign was nothing if not encouraging—even if his shooting efficiency suffered somewhat thanks to a nagging finger injury. More encouraging still, Sullinger’s last five games saw the former Ohio State standout register averages of 18.4 points and 7.6 rebounds on 49 percent shooting (including 40 percent from distance).
That last number may be the most crucial. Indeed, if Sullinger has any chance of becoming a bona fide league elite, a more reliable three-point stroke is of the utmost importance. Such as it is in today’s stretch 4-centric NBA.
Cavan may be onto something considering Sully is already one of the top power forward rebounders in the league averaging 10.6 per 36 last season. He also averaged 17.3 points per 36.
With the addition of Tyler Zeller, which means Sullinger won't have to go against the center position on the offensive end as frequently, and a consistent three point shot, we're talking about a legitimate 20 and 10 player who is just 22 years old presently.
That is, if he receives the minutes obviously. There is no position the Celtics are as deep as-as the 4 on the roster (Olynyk, Bass).
Not bad for a guy who was selected with the 21st overall pick by Danny Ainge in the 2012 draft.