COMMENTARY | After an extremely productive, although brief, career at Ohio State, Jared Sullinger fell in the 2012 NBA Draft due to concerns regarding his back. With the 21st pick, the Boston Celtics felt that they got a huge bargain for a player who was a double-double machine in college.
For a little while, it looked like a great fit. He worked his way into the rotation, and averaged 6 points and 5.9 rebounds in limited minutes, providing a tough rebounding presence that the Celtics desperately needed. His teammates were raving about him, and fans were already excited about what Sullinger could bring to the table.
Unfortunately, his season ended abruptly. After just 45 games of action, the back issues that caused him to drop so far in the draft arose again. This was a huge blow to the Celtics, who also had their depth harmed by the loss of their star point guard, Rajon Rondo.
It appears as if there finally may be some good injury news for the Celtics. According to a report, Jared Sullinger's recovery is a reason for some encouragement to Boston fans. He expects to be at a full 100% by September or October, which would imply that he should be ready to go for the 2013-2014 season.
Jared Sullinger was a bit of a unique pick for the Celtics, as he was a player who was seen more of a short-term option than a long-term prospect. His game translated well to the NBA, although there are legitimate concerns regarding how much better he can truly get. For a team looking to make one last run in the 2012-2013 season, he seemed to be a good pick as an almost immediate rotation player. Additionally, his rebounding was a huge area of need for the Celtics.
With the team possibly heading in a new direction, it will be interesting to see how Jared Sullinger fits in. The organization will have to assess what they believe they have in their young power forward, and whether or not he is a player they can build around. A group of Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, and Jared Sullinger isn't a terrible start, but there are certainly concerns with the lack of shooting amongst the group.
But, for now, this is good news for both the Boston Celtics and Jared Sullinger.
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