Boston Celtics rookie power forward Jared Sullinger was a man amongst boys last night, contributing 12 points and 16 rebounds off the bench in the team’s victory over the Phoenix Suns. The Celtics are getting hot and currently sit on a four game winning streak and look to continue their success tomorrow night at home against the Houston Rockets.
The Celtics have a nice little story brewing of late and it all starts with Sullinger. We have written numerous times how much of a steal he has been and last night was another exclamation point on that thought. It has been well documented that teams were scared of picking him last summer due to injury concerns, but even if that were the case, how did some team not take him picking within selections 10-20? Seriously, that is a joke. After you get past pick 10, it usually is a crap shoot and a team picking 15th overall would not assume that much risk by taking him. If he turns out to be a bust, then so be it. But at least they took a shot and it wouldn’t have a crippling effect on the franchise. A team picking in the top ten understandably could be scared off because botching top ten picks can be catastrophic.
The Celtics picked 15th overall years back when they selected Al Jefferson. He was coming directly out of high school and there was no guarantee he would be a success. However, his talent was too good to pass up and it truly was a low risk, high reward pick. It turned out beautifully as Jefferson played well during his brief tenure in Boston and turned out being the key trading trip that brought Kevin Garnett to Boston.
Jared Sullinger looks like an absolute home run pick for the Celtics and it would be disappointing if GM Danny Ainge wasn’t in his office right now laughing at the rest of the teams in the NBA for missing on him.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18