21-year-old Jared Sullinger’s NBA career has spanned 45 games. He is, on a team that will already be young, one of its youngest players.
But Sullinger doesn’t carry himself like some kid. Here in Orlando, he’s setting up shop on the Celtics’ bench, and playing the role of mentor to guys like Kelly Olynyk, who just happen to be older than him. When Celtics assistant Jay Larranga, who is coaching the Summer League team, was asked about Sullinger “kind of” acting like a coach today, he smirked and shot back,
Sullinger has been lauded for his “high basketball IQ” for a long time now. Kevin Garnett, notoriously tough on rookies, quickly gave the same effusive praise last season, and used it almost every time he spoke about Sullinger. So it’s not a shock that Sullinger is putting his mind to this use on the bench while he waits for his body to be ready for the floor.
“Sully’s so smart,” gushed Larranga. ”With him and Kelly we have two very,very high IQ basketball