Jared Sullinger’s NBA Draft stock has been plummeting in recent weeks, so much that the NBA has declined to invite the once highly-touted power forward to the draft room for top prospects, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz:
NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson told ESPN.com that Sullinger wouldn’t be invited based on the reports the league had received that Sullinger wouldn’t go in the top 15.
”He’s more likely to go in the teens or in the 20s,” said Jackson. “We continue to have contact with teams but at this late date we don’t anticipate inviting him.”
Sullinger was considered a top 5-10 prospect before reports of back issues after the NBA combine raised medical red flags, as well as Sullinger’s lack of elite athleticism. To his credit, Sullinger did measure a legit 6’9″, which should dispell some team’s concern that he was too short to play PF in the NBA.
No matter where Sullinger ends up being selected in this month’s draft, he is too good of a player to completely write off. Sullinger’s averages of 17.3 ppg and 9.7 rpg in just two college seasons are too solid to overlook. If he does indeed drop into the late teens to early 20′s in the draft, a potential playoff team may be getting an absolute steal and rotation player from day 1.