Hibbert: Sullinger could be East's Kevin Love

Hibbert: Sullinger could be East's Kevin Love
December 23, 2013, 10:00 am
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The Pacers walked all over the Celtics on Sunday, 106-79, but Roy Hibbert was impressed by what he saw from Jared Sullinger.

"He's just gotta keep working," Indiana's seven-footer said. "He could be like the Kevin Love of the East. It's his second year. He got a back problem last year so it's gonna be a long process, but he could be a pretty good player in this league."

That's high praise considering the kind of career Love has already put together. This season the 6-foot-10, 260-pound T'Wolves forward has been at his best, averaging 25.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Sullinger -- who checks in at 6-9 and 280 pounds -- is averaging 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, but has good skills around the basket and an ever-improving jump shot much like Minnesota's star.

Sullinger has a long way to go before he becomes the kind of impact player Love has made himself into, but that won't keep Celtics fans from letting their imaginations run wild with Hibbert's comparison.