Re: Suppose Sully is as good as adverised!!
posted at 7/27/2012 10:44 PM EDT
what seems apparent about sullinger from the summer leagues is this...
1. he has a big body, but is at least 10 or 15 pounds overweight and is in serious need of an nba conditioning program to take weight off and get his body fat % down
2. he has a good nose for rebounding the basketball and can use his bulk and long reach to his advantage
3. he seems to have good hands, not something that can be assumed with big men.
4. he has a nice touch.
5. has excellent footwork on the offensive end of the court
6. seems to know how to play the game
these things are also true
1. he shot around 35% from the floor against vastly inferior competition to what he will face in camp, and especially during the regular season.
2. he has no jumping ability at all
3. he is going to have to seriously adjust his offensive arsenal if he expects to even get a shot of in the paint in the nba. too often he throws his body into defenders and kind of "hopes for the best". many of the little hesitation/shot-putted leaners he made in the lane will be promptyly sent back by even average nba defenders.
4. despite some of the strange comparisons to players like aguirre (who shared only a sizable posterior) and walker on this board, sullinger will not likely face the basket other than to take standing shots from the outside and/or rolling off screens and spotting up in the high post. both aguirre and walker had the ability to face the basket, dribble the ball, and get others involved. aguirre, like another undersized power player adrian dantley, did post up and back players down, using their width to gather space, but this was only part of aguirre's game. sullinger is a post player who can shoot it some from the outside.
5. seemed to struggle with foot speed and positioning on defense at times (might improve when he knows the system and is with vets)
6. shot selection not always great. gets shot blocked a lot. (a lot of this is about figuring out what he can and can't do against better, bigger defenders).
the comparison to someone like big baby is actually not a bad one, though sullinger has more length (7 "1" wingspan) and davis has the worst vertical in the nba (20") as opposed to Sullinger's still not very good "31". some additional comparisons might be elton brand or perhaps carlos boozer or Zack Randolph as to the the kind ofplayer sullinger MIGHT turn into.
seems like some are expecting too much right away from a kid who is seriously challenged athletically and the jury is very much still out on whether he will even have any impact at all on this team in the coming year, though the skills are intriguing and there's something about his confidence on the court, maturity of his game, ability to rebound, touch, and apparent hunger that's undoubtedly appealing.
if this kid can somehow provide something like 8/6 or 9/7 numbers playing 20 minutes a game this is going to be a lot better team than it otherwise might be.