In Jared Sullinger's rookie year he played in the Summer League and was one of the best guys on the court already. Now he's finishing up his second season in the NBA and is looking he could be developing into a very good player with a lot of upside. At the very least he's already a solid rotation guy that has spent a lot of time starting this year. So you wouldn't think that he'd want to play in the Summer League any more. Turns out that's not the case.
For one thing, he didn't get a chance to play in it this past offseason due to injury and and it sounds like he missed it.
This past July, Sullinger could not suit up for the summer Celtics during recovery from back surgery, but traveled to Florida anyway and served as a de facto assistant coach.
For another thing, he legitimately is serious about working on his game and his body and he feels like that's a good place to do it.
He's going to have to talk to Danny Ainge about what the team wants for him, but I think the team would be happy to have him play. Either way, he's taking an aggressive approach to getting in shape and working on his game.
"Even if they tell me I’m not playing summer league, I’ll go down there and practice," said Sullinger, who posted his 21st double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Celtics’ 115-111 loss at Detroit Saturday night. "There’s other ways to be active going into summer. On top of that, you go against guys, you get to learn a little bit more about basketball."
Gotta love that attitude.
I know it is meaningless games, but I'm kinda excited about the prospect of seeing Sullinger, Olynyk, Pressey, Babb, Johnson, and our two rookie first rounders out on the court together.