I'm thinking about Sully, his rebounding grit and smart play (esp. in passing out of the post/swing passes and cuts). Is his upside Barkleyesque?
As in similar to Charles Barkley?
Not even close. While I appreciate the "overweight and undersized" angle, Barkley had elite talent *and* explosive athleticism. You can't say the same for Sully.
Ahem...correct. I was thinking of the older Barkley, not the superstar-in-his-prime Barkley. The one that was such a great piece on a team that the only trade up would be for an allstar.
That's sort of how I see Sully. Unfortunately, we have a few players that might be in that range... Which means, optimistically, that we might have the pieces for another KG-level trade in the next year or two...
Which still means that, as the OP states, trading Sullinger now would be a mistake. I think that perhaps next year there'll be an auction on a Bradley/Sullinger trade package as Danny calls the Other 29 trolling for another young star to play with Rondo, preferably a big (I think).