I said this in another thread... I think this is a good place for it, though.
Let me ask the "SULLY IS UNTOUCHABLE!" crowd a serious question.
Sully probably had late lotto talent, but slipped to #21. Fine, let's pretend he was a legit late lotto pick. At the moment he's #11 in Efficiency amongst rookies... behind the likes of Alexey Shved and Kyle Singler. That's nice.
Take off the homer goggles for a second. Meyers Leonard is the same age, is over 7 feet tall, was picked 10 spots higher than Sully (legit lotto pick), probably has more potential, and is putting up the same type of stats in the same type of minutes.
Would you rather have Meyers Leonard or Pau/Big Al/Josh Smith/etc?
I'm curious if people are that attached to Sully simply because he's played 20 games as a Celtic and they are emotionally invested... or if they'd legitimately rather have a late lotto pick with perceived potential who averages 5 points/5 boards (Leonard)... over a guy who can contribute 20 and 10 immediately.
So who would consider Meyers Leonard untouchable? Serious question.
Sully's ceiling is extremely high despite the fact that he's not athletic. Similar to athleticism, size and health setting your physical ceiling, IQ, attitude and work ethic set your mental ceiling. Andre Miller, Paul Pierce, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Steve Nash, Boris Diaw, Elton Brand, Glen Davis etc. are guys who achieved way more than their physical profiles predicted thanks to their work ethic/IQ/attitude.
Sullinger's skill level is unbelievable for a 20 year old. How many 20 year olds shoot like this kid? make free throws like him? Rebound like him? Pass like him? understand defensive rotations like him? know and accept their roles on offense like him? He doesn't get frustrated when the officials rob him. He doesn't care if he starts or comes off the bench. He works with Rondo every day after practice. He does everything KG tells him to do. Doc already trusts him more than any rookie EVER including Rondo.
In the future, he will develop a post game, become a much better defender, improve his range and shooting, improve his physique etc. his ceiling is incredibly high and he has given us NO REASON to doubt that he won't reach it.
I don't believe any player is untouchable, but the price for Bradley and Sullinger are very, very high. I wouldn't trade both of them together unless it nets us a player at least in the MVP conversation.