Jared Sullinger Still Motivated by Slide in Draft

By DJ Byrnes on February 14, 2014 at 9:06a
Eamon Queeny | The Columbus Dispatch

Jared Sullinger may not look to upset in the picture above from draft day in 2012, but make no mistake: the former Ohio State talisman is still miffed by his slide out of the lottery.

Questions about Sullinger's size and athletic ability, coupled with concerns about his back, were likely the causes. Yet, Sullinger isn't buying it. From MassLive.com:

“To me, it means everything,” he replied. “All the hard work. And also on top of that, being picked where I was picked, it was kind of a slap in the face towards me even though I had the back injury. But it’s a blessing.”

Will that slap in the face stick with Sullinger for a long time?

“A long time? For the rest of my career,” he said.

Athletes are known to use even the slightest of slights to fuel their motivation, and Sullinger is apparently no different. Personally, I would have been excited about merely being drafted... but then again, I'm a sad, pasty man with lead feet and jump-shot mechanics more broke than a man in a plasma donation center.


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DefendOhio's picture

Is Jason paying you overtime for all the work you've been putting in lately DJ? I feel like I'm seeing your name on every story ha ha. 

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DJ purchased 11w from Jason for $20m...


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The 0 is silent.

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DMcDougal24's picture

As a Cavalier fan, I do not approve taking Tyler freaking Zeller over Sullinger. 

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Killer nuts's picture

For reference here is everyone who got picked ahead of Sully:

1.) New Orleans Hornets - Anthony Davis
2.) Charlotte Bobcats - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
3.) Washington Wizards - Bradley Beal
4.) Cleveland Cavaliers - Dion Waiters
5.) Sacramento Kings - Thomas Robinson
6.) Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard
7.) Golden State Warriors - Harrison Barnes
8.) Toronto Raptors - Terrence Ross
9.) Detroit Pistons - Andre Drummond
10.) New Orleans Hornets - Austin Rivers
11.) Portland Trail Blazers - Meyers Leonard
12.) Houston Rockets - Jeremy Lamb
13.) Phoenix Suns - Kendall Marshall
14.) Milwaukee Bucks - John Henson
15.) Philadelphia 76ers - Maurice Harkless
16.) Houston Rockets - Royce White
17.) Cleveland Cavaliers (Via Dallas) - Tyler Zeller
18.) Houston Rockets - Terrence Jones
19.) Orlando Magic - Andrew Nicholson
20.) Denver Nuggets - Evan Fournier
21.) Boston Celtics - Jared Sullinger

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Killer nuts's picture

There's definitely a handful of teams in there who would love a redo on this draft

BassDropper's picture

If there was a redraft Sully would go top 5

1.)Damien Lillard

2.)Anthony Davis

3.)Andre Drummond

4.)Jared Sullinger

5.)Dion Waiters


PittBuckeye's picture

I'm not sure Waiters would go that high, if he'd just play basketball and not piss off pretty much everyone around him then maybe.

d5k's picture

Davis is probably still #1 even with the hindsight of Lillard becoming an all-star.  Centers are just too rare and Davis is a superstar.


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