After trading some of their prized veterans like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and parting ways with head coach Doc Rivers this offseason, the Boston Celtics need all the help they can get to have a respectable first year in their rebuilding process.
Clearly, the Jared Sullinger situation isn’t the best issue to start the season with.
The second-year forward has been suspended by the organization after being involved in an incident involving domestic violence charges in early September as he “failed to live to the expectations”, according to Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations.
The move was a smart one from the organization. The Celtics don’t have many veterans in the team, and they have a really young roster that they expect will eventually lead Boston to a new era of success. Sullinger appears to be a pivotal figure in the project after a very solid rookie year, but he has to keep himself on the court to be effective.
Boston will clearly miss the forward in the season-opener against the Toronto Raptors. While the suspension was the right call, it’s undeniable that this might hamper the team’s performance against a Raptors team that can be really dangerous with players like Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross on the roster.
With Sullinger out for the first game of the year and Rondo still recovering from his injury, expect players like Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace to be the focal points of Boston attacks. Luckily for Boston fans, Sullinger will be back for the second game where he can continue building from this solid rookie campaign.
If he’s able to maintain himself on the court, he could be a solid player for the Celtics going forward.