Boston Celtics second year forward Jared Sullinger had a great start to his rookie season last year and appeared to be a strong contender for the Rookie of the Year award during the first half of the season. Unfortunately, Sullinger’s name disappeared from that race as he missed the remainder of the season due to back surgery. It was the red flag that plagued him during last year’s NBA Draft and it scared off a number of teams. If he did not have any injury concerns, he would have been a lock to have been taken within the first ten selections of last year’s draft.
The Celtics have undergone a supreme makeover during the offseason thus far, and Sullinger has put it upon himself to become more of a leader for the franchise. With Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce no longer donning green, Sullinger is one of the players that needs to step up and help lead the team, along with incumbent point guard Rajon Rondo. The Celtics will have one of the youngest rosters in the league next year, and they will need guys to step up. Along with Sullinger, Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass are two other players that need to become far greater leaders than they have ever been during their careers.
Sullinger has always been the type of guy that other people gravitate towards. He is a great teammate and always gives his full amount of effort every game. He never takes a play off and he figures to play a prominent role in the organization’s future moving forward.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18