Last year, Jared Sullinger was told to shoot behind the arc by Celtics coach Brad Stevens. It wasn’t exactly unicorns and rainbows; Sullinger shot 56 for 208 (.269) behind the arc.
In the preseason, he’s hitting them on a much better clip (15 for 30, .500). Brad Stevens knows Sullinger needs to be fed the ball.
From the Boston Herald:
“We need him to score,” the Celtics coach said before last night’s game. “He’s one of our best, if not our best scorer. Give him the ball.”
Last year’s trial-and-error shooting could pay off this season. And if the Celtics want to improve, Sullinger may have to be the guy. Jeff Green did lead the Celtics in scoring last season (16.9 PPG) but he is also known to be very inconsistent. Green could go for 39 in one game and have four points the next. Sullinger could be that steady scorer the Celtics need.
And if Sullinger becomes that star that we all thought he was going to be, the rebuild could be much faster for the Celtics.
Jared Sullinger picture by Getty Images. H/T to Red’s Army.