There’s a reason Jared Sullinger was at one point projected to be a top 5 pick. His talent is immense, and the question marks that caused him to fall were in no way related to his ability to play basketball. He made it very apparent yesterday by scoring 20 in his debut in the Orlando Summer League, as the Celtics summer squad won by 8 over the Thunder. In addition to Sullinger’s 20, they also received 16 points from E’Twan Moore, who I mentioned could be a fixture in the future of the Celtics.
For the Thunder, Perry Jones III, another one who fell badly in the draft, threw in 16 points in a solid debut. Bill Simmons of Grantland.com expressed his disapproval of the C’s passing on Jones to select Fab Melo, and it looks like Jones could be one of the steals of the Draft, and perhaps the least surprising of all the steals. For now, Celtics fans can rejoice that Sullinger looked good in his first game and showed no signs of the lingering injuries that were partly to blame for his descent into the late first round.