Jared Sullinger (born March 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Shenzhen Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). He played college basketball for Ohio State University before being drafted 21st overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2012 NBA draft.
Sullinger at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit
|No. 0 – Shenzhen Leopards|
|Born||March 4, 1992|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||269 lb (122 kg)|
|High school||Northland (Columbus, Ohio)|
|College||Ohio State (2010–2012)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Sullinger was rated as the number 2 player in the class of 2010 in the ESPNU 100 the number 4 player by Scout.com, and the number 5 player by Rivals.com. In his senior year, Sullinger led Northland High School to a 21-0 season and a #1 national ranking. He averaged 24.5 points and 11.7 rebounds for the season. Sullinger played in the 4th annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic.
Sullinger was selected to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game in Columbus, Ohio, where he was named co-MVP with Harrison Barnes. He was also selected to play in the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon and the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
On March 10, 2010, Sullinger won the James A. Naismith Award, which goes to the boys' basketball player of the year. Sullinger said he credits his longtime teammate and best friend Max Caubo for the skills he honed in order for him to be the recipient of this award.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Columbus, OH||Northland HS||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||286 lb (130 kg)||May 10, 2007|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 98|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 10, 2 (C) Rivals: 5, 1 (C) ESPN: 2, 1 (PF)|
Sullinger committed to Ohio State on May 10, 2007.
Sullinger had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Ohio State debut. Sullinger's brother, J.J. Sullinger also attended Ohio State and played for coach Thad Matta. For the 2010-2011 season Jared Sullinger averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 31.7 minutes per game for the Buckeyes. Ohio State finished the regular season at 32-2 and was selected as the 2011 NCAA tournament's number one overall seed. The Buckeyes made it to the 'Sweet Sixteen' where they lost to Kentucky 62-60. Sullinger was named a First Team All-American by Fox Sports.
In what would be his final year at Ohio State, Sullinger led the Buckeyes to a 31-8 overall record (13-5 Big Ten). Sullinger averaged 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season. The Buckeyes advanced to the 'Final Four' of the 2012 NCAA tournament, where the team lost to the Kansas Jayhawks. Sullinger had 13 points in the game and was 5-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds in the loss. Five days after the loss, the two-time AP All-American declared he was entering the 2012 draft, where he was widely expected to be a lottery pick, until he was reportedly flagged by several teams after the Chicago pre-draft camp due to back issues.
Boston Celtics (2012–2016)Edit
On June 29, 2012, Sullinger was selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. On July 3, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics. On November 17, he recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 107–89 win over the Toronto Raptors. The following night, he scored a season-high 16 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons. He tied that mark on December 25, recording 16 points and 7 rebounds in a 93–76 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
On February 1, 2013, Sullinger underwent successful lumbar disk surgery and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season.
On January 15, 2014, in a win over the Toronto Raptors, Sullinger recorded 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. Sullinger's 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnett did so in 2007. On February 7, he scored a career-high 31 points in a 99–89 win over the Sacramento Kings.
After averaging 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game up until the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, Sullinger was ruled out indefinitely after X-rays on February 19 revealed a stress reaction in his left foot. Three days later, he was ruled out for the rest of the season after further medical evaluation determined that Sullinger had sustained a left metatarsal stress fracture. However, in a surprising move, Sullinger returned to action on April 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks. He entered the game four minutes into the third quarter, missed both his shots and didn't return as part of a gradual effort to improve his stamina.
Sullinger began the 2015–16 season coming off the bench for the first three games. He started his first game of the season on November 4 against the Indiana Pacers, replacing Tyler Zeller as the starting center. On December 7, 2015, Sullinger scored 11 points and tied a career high with 20 rebounds in a 111–93 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. On February 7, 2016, he tied his season high with 21 points in a 128–119 win over the Sacramento Kings.
On June 29, 2016, the Celtics tendered a qualifying offer to make Sullinger a restricted free agent. The Celtics later withdrew their qualifying offer on July 8, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Toronto Raptors (2016–2017)Edit
On July 14, 2016, Sullinger signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Toronto Raptors. On October 24, 2016, he had a screw inserted into the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. As a result, he missed the first half of the 2016–17 season. After missing half the season, Sullinger made his debut for the Raptors on January 18, 2017, scoring eight points in just under 14 minutes off the bench in a 94–89 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. On January 28, 2017, he was assigned to Toronto's D-League affiliate, Raptors 905, on a rehab assignment. He was recalled by Toronto the next day. Three days later, he had a season-best game with 13 points and six rebounds in a 109–104 loss to the Boston Celtics. He was reassigned to Raptors 905 on February 10, and was recalled on February 12.
On February 23, 2017, Sullinger was traded, along with cash considerations and Toronto's second-round draft picks in 2017 and 2018, to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for P. J. Tucker. However, he was waived by the Suns the following day.
Shenzhen Leopards (2017–present)Edit
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Awards and honorsEdit
- BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Contestant (2014)
- Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award Winner (February 3–9, 2014)
- 2011 Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player
- 2011 Big Ten Freshman Of the Year
- 2011 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award
On September 3, 2013, Sullinger turned himself in to police after an alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend. He was charged with assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and destruction of property. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were later dropped.
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- Ohio State routs North Carolina A&T in season opener
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- Jared Sullinger's back a concern
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- Jared Sullinger 2012-13 Game Log
- "Celtics' Sullinger out for season with back injury". NBA.com. February 1, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
- "Celtics top Raptors 88-83, end 9-game skid". ESPN.com. January 15, 2014. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
- Notebook: Celtics 99, Kings 89
- Jared Sullinger out indefinitely
- Jared Sullinger Injury Update
- Ilyasova leads 3rd-quarter surge, Bucks top Celtics 110-101
- Jared Sullinger 2015-16 Game Log
- Thomas leads Celtics past struggling Pelicans 111-93
- Celtics' Jared Sullinger: Ties career-high 20 boards
- Avery Bradley's 25 points helps Celtics beat Kings
- Boston Celtics letting Jared Sullinger leave
- "Raptors Sign Jared Sullinger". NBA.com. July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
- Mazzeo, Mike (July 11, 2016). "Jared Sullinger agrees to deal with Toronto Raptors". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
- "Jared Sullinger To Undergo Foot Surgery". NBA.com. October 23, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
- Rowan, Justin (October 26, 2016). "Jared Sullinger's Injury Could Be A Big Problem For The Toronto Raptors". HoopsHabit.com. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
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- Loung, Steven (January 28, 2017). "Raptors assign Jared Sullinger to Raptors 905 on rehab assignment". SportsNet.ca. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
- "Raptors' Jared Sullinger: Recalled from D-League". CBSSports.com. January 29, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
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- "Raptors' Jared Sullinger: Assigned to D-League". CBBSports.com. February 10, 2017. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
- "Raptors' Jared Sullinger: Recalled from D-League". CBBSports.com. February 12, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
- "Phoenix Suns Trade P.J. Tucker to Toronto". NBA.com. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Suns Sign Price, Waive Scott, Sullinger". NBA.com. February 24, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- "Jared Sullinger inks in China with Shenzhen Leopards". Sportando.com. September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
- "Jared Sullinger re-signs with Shenzhen Leopards". Sportando. August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
- King, Jay (September 3, 2013). "Jared Sullinger arrested: Boston Celtics forward turned himself in after domestic incident, according to report". masslive.com. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- "Celtics' Sullinger pleads not guilty to domestic assault". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
- Charges dropped against Celtics’ Sullinger