Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 11:00 am  |  10 responses

Jared Sullinger Reminds Kevin Garnett of Kendrick Perkins

The Boston Celtics are a “work in progress” early on this season, according to Kevin Garnett. But one bright spot has been the play of rookie Jared Sullinger, who reminds KG of former teammate Kendrick Perkins. Per the Boston Herald: “When Kevin Garnett plays and practices next to Sullinger, something about the rookie’s approach and decisions shouts ‘Perk.’ ‘I thought he did a great job,’ Garnett said of Sullinger’s first start during the Celtics’ win in Washington last Saturday. ‘He’s a no-nonsense guy. Not that I’m shooting down the other guys, but he’s a young fella, he comes in and does what you tell him. He’s a great rebounder. His IQ is incredible. He reminds me a lot of Perk, man. Not the defender Perk was, but his IQ moving the ball and being unselfish is the same.’ Sullinger learned this much — when Kevin Garnett speaks, the wisest thing to do is agree. ‘It means a lot,’ Sullinger said of the comparison. ‘First of all, it comes from Kevin. When Kevin gives anybody praise, he really likes you, I guess. It’s a blessing. But at the same time I have to keep working.’”

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  • LeroyShonuff

    The biggest concern for the Celtics is how fast can Jared and Fab Melo develop? Jared playing with that team can be a pretty big piece to a hopefully championship puzzle. The way he moves without the ball is absolutely gorgeous

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “He reminds me a lot of Perk, man. Not the defender Perk was, but his IQ moving the ball and being unselfish is the same” – uhm, so he sucks?

  • Rainman

    This guy can play, we all know that. He was expected to be a top 5 pick in 2012, and he woulda been in the lottery this year if it wasnt for him being red flagged. Big pick up for Boston, and its gonna turn out well for both parties , imo.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    yea this might have been a backhanded comment haha…comparing ball movement ability to Perkins’ lol

  • patrick

    Sullinger is way better than Perkins..perkins is slow and unathletic..he’s just big and can play good defense apparently..Sullinger is WAY better on offense

  • Comment_System

    that’s pretty much a diss towards sullinger.

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  • elmaar

    well sullinger is almost as unathletic for his position as is perkins for his…and is big and undersized for his position as is perkins…the only part where they are opposite is Perkins is good defensively and Sullinger is good offensively. And by the way at this point Perk is more valuable than Sullinger.

  • clydesays

    Sullinger already looks like a better offensive player, can hit his FT’s & rebounds well. He’s older, but already a better rook than Perk was. Unfortunately, he’s just as foul prone as KP right now.