Boston Celtics Preseason Week One Review: Jared Sullinger is evolving to the … – CelticsBlog (blog)
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The Boston Celtics opened up their preseason playing four games in six nights; how did they perform in their first week of action? In the first edition of CelticsBlog’s week in review series, Jared Sullinger’s progression is discussed.
Jared Sullinger is in the process of taking his game to the next level, with per 36 averages of 21.1 points, 12 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and a 60.2 eFG percentage. While it comes in just four preseason games, Sullinger’s progression is a positive sign for the rising Boston Celtics.
There is a divide among fans and analysts about whether or not Sullinger should be chucking up three-pointers, but so far the results are encouraging; the 6-foot-9 power forward has hit seven of his 12 attempts. It’s unfair to expect him to sustain this percentage, but with a smooth form, his overall success will continue.
Sullinger shed weight this offseason, though his improved jumper should also be attributed to his health. Last season he dislocated his right index finger, which is the finger he uses to shoot the ball.
“That kind of hurt my jump shot tremendously due to my follow through. I was following through on my middle finger instead of my index finger,” Sullinger told Jay King of MassLive.com. “Now with that being healthy, I think I’ll be okay.”
The influence that injury can have on your shot can’t be underestimated. With a clean bill of health, Sullinger is now developing into the pick-and-pop and high post threat that the Celtics want him to be.
Sullinger’s exceptional passing ability and vision for his position is what gives Brad Stevens more versatility in being able to draw up plays. But it also opens the door for more creative improvisation by his teammates:
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