The Boston Celtics received more bad news this week when the team learned that rookie forward Jared Sullinger would miss the rest of the NBA season because of back surgery. This is a horrible occurrence of events for the Celtics as Sullinger was starting to really come into his own and appeared ready to fully take over the starting power forward spot. This also severely damages their overall depth, especially in the front court. This now means that either Jason Collins or Chris Wilcox will have to play meaningful minutes for the team from here on out, unless the team acquires another forward before the trading deadline.
The back injuries were the main reason Sullinger dropped so far on draft night. If he didn’t have any issues, he would have easily been a lock for a top ten selection. That is why the Celtics were able to pick him. It wasn’t a very high risk move for the organization because when you are picking 22nd overall, you are not making the same type of investment in a player as you are with a top ten pick. Just ask the Sacramento Kings.
Does this news throw a major red flag up into the air for the rest of Sullinger’s career? Doctors have said that this surgery essentially should clean up his back and make him completely healthy for the future; no lingering issues of any kind. Even though they might believe that, back injuries are tricky and have been known to plague players’ careers.
The Celtics lost a key piece of their future this week and they hope to have him completely healthy by the start of training camp next season.
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