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From a sheer talent perspective, Jared Sullinger might only trail Rondo on the Celtics.
The sophomore big man has been having a solid campaign, but he is still brimming with more potential.
His numbers of 13.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists are strong, but he is shooting a ghastly 43.4 percent from the field and 25.4 percent from three due to a recent brutal shooting slump.
Sully is still not a consistent three-point shooter, but he always knows how to react to doubles and find open teammates spotting up along the wings.
He is also one of the best young rebounders in the game.
He uses his size extremely well, and he is currently seventh in the league in offensive rebounds per game at 3.4, tied with Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard.
Without a long wingspan, Sully is able to anticipate the placement of balls and use his frame to carve out excellent space on the block.
Perhaps most importantly, Sullinger has managed to avoid major injury and has looked relatively spry out on the court.
He’s thrown up some monster games, including a 20-20 game and 19 double-doubles overall.
Sully has worked hard to become a true post-up threat, and he’s shooting a solid 45.1 percent with his back to the basket, per Synergy Sports (subscription required).
He is also shooting the three surprisingly well in pick-and-pop sets, according to Synergy. Sully makes 36.4 percent of his threes as the roll man, a far higher number than in any other three-point situation.
Every once in a while he still throws up a dud game where his jumper just won’t go down, but Sullinger has improved nearly across the board from his play as a rookie.
Still, Sully is posting a stellar 25.3 PER at power forward, per 82games, proving that the 4 may be his primary position of the future.
If he can continue to stay healthy and perhaps become a more reliable presence getting to the foul line Sully could become Boston’s most valuable player by the end of 2013-14.