Tim MacLean (@TimMacLean_)
There are a lot of things you can do to start an NBA season off on the right foot, but getting arrested isn’t one of them. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to Jared Sullinger earlier this month when he turned himself in to police a few days after a domestic violence incident he was involved in.
With another court date set for later this month, Sullinger has both that and training camp, which begins at the end of the month, on his plate. It will be interesting to see if Sully can get past this sticky situation because he’ll have to be completely focused on the task at hand if he hopes to earn starter’s minutes this year.
Legal issues aside, Sullinger has a rare opportunity in front of him that not many second-year players get. The former Ohio State Buckeye will be starting games for the Celtics this year, whether it’s from day one or at another point in the season. With the Celtics in the middle of a full-blown rebuild, the team is going to want their pieces of the future playing as much as possible. Sullinger is one of those pieces and he proved that with his fantastic play in 2012-13.
The 2013-14 campaign should be no different for this big man, granted his back doesn’t act up on him. If he can stay healthy and avoid missing a ton of games, Sully has a very good chance at leading Boston in rebounding. Hopefully the Celtics front office doesn’t mess this up by overplaying Brandon Bass or another veteran that doesn’t seem to be in the cards for the near future. The quicker the younger guys on this team develop, the quicker we get out of this rebuild. Look for Sullinger to have a very impressive sophomore season.
37.3 MPG, 13.0 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 49.8% FG