2016 Outlook: Jared Sullinger


Jared Sullinger took a step back last season, as his role on the Celtics started to slip. He still started 73 of 81 games, but averaged just 23.6 minutes per game, his lowest total since 2012-13. Sullinger still put up decent numbers, averaging 10.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, but his inability to develop as a consistent jump shooter ultimately limited his ceiling in Boston, which is a shame, because he had a chance to carve out a big role. He might not have that same chance with the Raptors, where he signed on a one-year, make-good deal this offseason. Sullinger will likely serve as a backup to Jonas Valanciunas, though there could be room for him to step into the starting lineup if he can take a step forward as a 3-point shooter. Sullinger is a skilled player who can fill up the box score, but his expected role doesn’t seem like it will give him many opportunities to contribute, so consider him just a late-round flier on Draft Day.

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