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There were some doubts about whether Jared Sullinger's Summer League success would continue once the real season began. During the preseason, the rookie is proving that he will have a positive impact on the Celtics team.
Sullinger's play in the first three preseason games was very impressive. In his debut game against Istanbul, he scored 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Throughout his 26 minutes on the court, Sullinger exceeded expectations on both the offensive and defensive ends.
In fact, there have been talks about Sullinger making a few appearances in the Celtics starting line-up during the regular season.
However, in Boston's loss to the Philadelphia Sixers, it was made clear that Sullinger still has plenty of room to grow. He struggled against taller defenders and had trouble scoring against Spencer Hawes. Sullinger finished the game with nine points and five rebounds, not horrible, but also not impressive.
Ultimately, there are more pros than cons with Sullinger. Despite his early success, rookie growing pains will be inevitable. It's how he works through those struggles that matters.