The Celtics had to consider themselves lucky when Jared Sullinger was still on the board in the 2012 NBA Draft.
It was there, with the 21st pick, that Sullinger began his NBA journey.
Injury concerns scared off other teams, but the Celtics saw an opportunity and seized it.
Lately that decision has looked better and better. On Friday, Sullinger dropped a career-high 31 points on the Kings. He also pulled down 16 boards.
"He’s one of the best offensive rebounders I’ve played with," says Gerald Wallace.
Friday marked Sullinger's fourth consecutive double-double.
"The hardest thing in this league is to be consistent and right now he’s been very consistent for us," says Rajon Rondo. "It’s not easy what he’s doing."
Sullinger recently had a heart-to-heart with his father and has gone on a roll ever since.
"I just went out [on Friday] and just played my game," said Sullinger. "[I've] been doing it for the past couple games and just letting everything go, playing my game and just showing better body language, according to my father."
Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely is impressed with what Sullinger has become and what he could still grow into.
"The way that he’s going about doing it is really what’s impressing me," said Blakely. "He’s not just relying on shots around the basket, he’s not just relying on jumpers. He’s mixing it up and that is what you want to see in a young, upcoming promising big like Jared Sulilnger; the ability to hurt teams in different ways."
The most impressive part?
Sullinger is putting up monster performances with two injured hands - sprained ligaments in one, and a dislocated finger in the other.
Imagine what he could do with two good hands.