The 21st overall pick in 2012 went to the Boston Celtics – they selected Jared Sullinger out of Ohio State. He’s averaging 5.8 ppg and 5.6 rpg for the season and those numbers have almost doubled over the last few games.
This has brought Joe Kaiser to ask the following question: is Jared Sullinger the steal of the draft?
Here’s what he said:
It’s going to be hard to beat Detroit Pistons’ rookie Andre Drummond for the title of “steal of the 2012 draft,” but if there’s room for second place than Boston’s Jared Sullinger (drafted No. 21 overall) is increasing looking like a strong candidate.
Sullinger’s career game against Phoenix last night (12 points and 16 rebounds) was the latest sign that the former Ohio State star may be emerging as a very important player on the Celtics this season.
Jay King of MassLive.com points out that Sullinger is averaging 9.3 points and 10 rebounds over Boston’s current four-game winning streak, and it’s been enough to impress at least one Celtics veteran.
“He’s playing like a madman,” Kevin Garnett told ESPNBoston.com after the win over the Suns. “He’s been on a tear lately.”
Whether or not he deserves the SOTD award, he certainly was a great pick by Boston and he appears to have a bright future ahead.