Will he, or won't Sully slim down? Is he able to stay healthy? Is he a center or power forward? There are many questions when it comes to Sullinger, but one thing is for sure. Sullinger does have a ton of potential, and he showed that last season when he averaged 13.3 points per game, and when he grabbed 8.1 rebounds a night.
While dropping a few pounds is certainly something that Sullinger and the Celtics know can only help him, all agree that improving his game and not just his girth, should be the focus.
"Not really focusing on weight," Sullinger said earlier this month. "It's more shape, how long can I run, how fast can I run. Pretty much how long I can stay on the court without passing out. I'm working on that every day."
Going into this third season, he has gone back and forth this summer between Boston and Columbus, Ohio for workouts. Recently he participated in the Columbus Pro-Am along with his brothers.
While Sullinger's conditioning is indeed worth monitoring and trying to improve, it's only part of what will ultimately define him as a basketball player.
"This is the NBA, not the Olympic decathlon," his agent David Falk, told CSNNE.com. "I don't think Larry Bird was a great athlete, but he was one of the greatest basketball players of our time. Jared has a chance to be an outstanding basketball player in the NBA."
It's too soon to say for sure what role Sullinger will play for Boston this season. But among the positives he has going for him, is the confidence of head coach Brad Stevens.
"He's accomplished a lot in his first two years as far as what he's been able to do, from a scoring standpoint," Stevens said of Sullinger. "He's shown the ability to rebound. I think that he's in that group of guys that could be a great player. It's a bigger group than actually are great players, just because it takes age, it takes experience, it takes opportunities to become that."
I have become comfortable with Sullinger and the extra weight. I wasn't big on Sully packing the pounds, but if he's able to stay in shape with the weight. Than I have zero issue with Sully's weight issue, if it's really even an issue. I believe that Sully will take the extra step. I think he should play more on the block in the coming season. I like his three-point stroke, but he needs to score in the paint more.