Jared Sullinger
Jared Sullinger
27-Year-Old ForwardF
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jared Sullinger in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $5.63 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2016. Traded to the Suns in February of 2017. Waived by the Suns in February of 2017.
Returning to China
FFree Agent
August 6, 2018
Sullinger re-signed with Monday with the Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, Sportando.com reports.
After attracting limited interest from NBA teams when he became a free agent last summer, Sullinger signed with Shenzhen and suited up in 45 games for the club, averaging 30.1 points, 16.6 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.6 three-pointers, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in 39.6 minutes per contest. He's expected to rank among the league's most productive scorers as he returns to Shenzhen in 2018-19, though it's uncertain that he'll be able to parlay that production into a return to the NBA next spring.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Since being selected 21st overall by the Celtics in 2012, Sullinger has unsuccessfully attempted to make the transition from traditional back-to-basket big man to floor-stretching forward/center, the latter of which is becoming more vogue in the modern NBA. The Celtics' patience with Sullinger finally seemed to run out in his fourth NBA season, as the former Ohio State star saw his playing time drop from 27.0 to 23.6 minutes per game. Sullinger was able to avoid the injuries that had plagued him in the past, suiting up in a career-high 81 games in 2015-16, but with his 28.2 percent mark from three-point range representing only a modest improvement over his career rate (27.6%), he would lose out on playing time to the sweet-shooting Jonas Jerebko throughout the final month of the regular season and playoffs. After Sullinger's whimpering finish to the season, the Celtics made little effort to re-sign him in the offseason, and he went on to settle for a one-year, $5.6 million contract with the Raptors after the top free-agent big men had come off the market. Despite his lack of shooting range, the big-bodied Sullinger (6-foot-9, 260 pounds) is capable of holding his own in the post and averaged close to a double-double (10.3 points, 8.3 boards) last season even with his playing time taking a dip. The Raptors will look for Sullinger to play to his strengths, and while he'll likely start at power forward, he may have to share duties at the position with Patrick Patterson, who offers more three-point shooting ability. As such, a dramatic bounce back in Sullinger's production shouldn't be expected, but look for the 24-year-old to remain a dependable source of supplementary rebounding and scoring.
For the past three seasons, Sullinger has been an enigma for the Celtics. That was especially true last season as his poor conditioning lead to more injuries, but he continued to show flashes of talent that made him a hot prospect out of Ohio State. Sully played in 58 games, averaging 27 minutes, 13.3 points, 7.6 points, 0.7 blocks, and a pleasant 0.9 three-pointers per game. But for the second year in a row, his field goal percentage was below 44 percent. And now the arrival of veteran big men David Lee and Amir Johnson threaten to reduce Sullinger's time on the floor. Over last season, general manager Danny Ainge repeatedly insisted that Sully improve his conditioning, saying in February, "He's not up to par to the standards that we feel are necessary to be a consistent winning player and play with great conditioning." Sullinger is apparently taking Ainge's comments to heart, as he's showed up for summer workouts noticeably trimmed down. This year, Sullinger's fourth season in the NBA, could be a make-or-break season for the Buckeye.
Sullinger bounced back in 2013-14 after his rookie season was cut short by back surgery. He played 74 games (44 starts) while becoming a bigger part of the Celtics' offense and a consistent producer. Sullinger averaged 13.3 points on 43-percent shooting with 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 28 minutes per game. Much of Boston's season was about experimentation, and that included having Sullinger take his game out to three-point range with spotty results. After taking just five three-pointers during his rookie season, Sullinger hoisted 208 long balls last season, successful on just 27 percent. If they view him as a stretch four/five, making him a more difficult matchup for some NBA bigs, there's still some work to be done in that area. Many of Sullinger's minutes came at the center position, where the 6-9 forward held up well and was one of the leading offensive rebounders in the league. With the addition of Tyler Zeller, we'll see more of Sullinger at power forward, a position of depth on the roster. How coach Brad Stevens divvies up the minutes amongst Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and Brandon Bass is something to watch in preseason games. Sullinger will continue to polish his offensive game, but his biggest need is to get better conditioned. The Celtics would like to see Sullinger stay on the court for longer stretches and more than 28 minutes per game.
The former Buckeye's back problems might still be lingering. While he was medically cleared for full basketball activities on August 6, he said on media day (9/30) his surgically repaired back is "not close" and suggested he was uncertain about being ready for opening day. If healthy, he'll get the first crack at the starting power forward job and might also see time at center. Sully's numbers during his 45-game rookie stint showed his potential: 5.9 rebounds and 6.0 points per game with 49 percent shooting. His minutes and shot attempts will increase in his sophomore season. In addition to healthy, he may have other issues very early in the season. Sullinger has another court date just two days before the season starts for his domestic violence charges.
The highly touted All-American should see the most minutes out of the Celtics' rookies this season. While critics say Sullinger is slow and undersized, his offensive skills and rebounding should make an immediate impact for the Celtics. Keep an eye on Sully over the course of the year, as the starting power forward job could be his to take. Yet, until he proves otherwise, stay away.
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Signs two-month deal in China
FFree Agent
September 12, 2017
Sullinger signed a two-month, $300,000 contract with the Shenzhen Leopards of China, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
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Expected to be waived by Phoenix
FPhoenix Suns
February 23, 2017
The Suns, who acquired Sullinger on Thursday, are expected to waive him, Doug Haller of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Traded to Phoenix
FPhoenix Suns
February 23, 2017
Sullinger and two second-round picks were traded from the Raptors to the Suns on Thursday in exchange for P.J. Tucker, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
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Recalled from D-League
FToronto Raptors
February 12, 2017
Sullinger was recalled from the D-League's Raptors 905 on Sunday.
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Assigned to D-League
FToronto Raptors
February 10, 2017
Sullinger was assigned to the D-League's Raptors 905 on Friday.
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