The Celtics thought they got a steal when Jared Sullinger fell to them at pick No. 21. Early on, it appears like they were right.
Sullinger was one of the major bright spots for the C's overseas, sliding into both the bench and starting role seamlessly. His knack for rebounding the ball and his low-post game is quite developed for a 20-year-old.
"I love the way he plays with the starting unit and the way he was playing off of Kevin Garnett today," CSNNE's Brian Scalabrine said. "He's an opportunistic player and that's what the Celtics are looking for."
Sullinger isn't the only player impressing the C's. Big man Darko Milicic looks to be a nice clog in the paint, and a shot-blocking machine early on. He's one of a few centers proving to be capable backups.
"Darko played well today, Collins played well today," Scalabrine said. "Fab Melo could eventually as good of a coaching staff as we have he could eventually get in there. These guys are going to develop."
Tommy Heinsohn breaks down Jaylen Brown's impressive game against the Magic, and how impressive Terry Rozier was as well.
Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming.
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either.
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim.
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort.
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points.
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise.
And that dunk over Vucevic?
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”