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All-Star Chance: 26 percent
Since returning from his back injury, Jared Sullinger has looked leaps and bounds better than he did as a rookie, but even with his added versatility and solid stats across the board, he won’t make any All-Star teams without taking his game up another level.
Sully is averaging 14.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc while averaging just 27 minutes.
His starting numbers are even better at 15.7 points, 8.1 boards and 2.1 dimes on 47 percent shooting from the floor and 32.7 from three-point distance.
The Celtics are in the midst of a tough rebuild as they try to decide which players to keep and which to jettison for future assets, but Sullinger’s gritty play on both ends and improved skill set makes him indispensable for Boston.
Flashing an improved post-up game, Sully is shooting 48.4 percent on the block, per Synergy Sports, and looks far more comfortable down low than he did in his first season.
He has a very effective fadeaway and uses his body well to create space in order to get off his shot. His hook shot remains a nice weapon as Sullinger has been better at turning over both shoulders.
While the idea of Sully launching threes might seem cringe-worthy, the big man has connected on just enough of them to effectively space out defenses, and he knocked down a big triple against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Unfortunately, although Sullinger is likely Boston’s best rebounder, he’s not exactly setting the world on fire in that department.
He has four double-doubles on the year, which is a decent, but unspectacular number, and his rebounding average of 15.2 has him 57th in the league, sandwiched between the formidable tandem of Spencer Hawes and Robin Lopez, per ESPN’s Hollinger stats.
The Eastern Conference’s frontcourt spots are almost guaranteed to go to James, George and Anthony, meaning that Sully must make an impression on the coaches if he wants to earn an appearance.
While he’s going against some stiff competition in Hibbert and Bosh, it is not inconceivable that if Sully can boost his averages to something like 17 points and nine rebounds per game, he could actually get selected.
It’s far from a given, but Sullinger might have the best chance of any healthy Celtic to be selected for the 2014 All-Star Game.