Originally posted on Extra Pine Tar  |  Last updated 6/26/12

In a word, yes.

If Sullinger had come out last year he was an unquestioned lottery pick, most likely top 5. Before the news came out that NBA teams had redflagged him because of back issues he was once again projected in the lottery. Now the poor guy can’t even get an invite to the draft. NBA executive Stu Jackson, who handles the invites, said that Sullinger was “likely to go in the teens or the 20′s.”

With back to back picks at 21 and 22 the Celtics could be left with a tough decision to make: pass on Sullinger or take a flyer on a guy that has no business going that late in the draft.

The kid has his limitations – namely the lack of an outside game, but he was an absolute monster in college and plays much bigger than his 6’9 height.

This Celtics team needs a true power forward going in to the future and while Sullinger isn’t the run and gun type of player that would mesh well with Rajon Rondo’s style of play, he could provide some inside toughness to a Celtics team that seemed to lack a guy who could bang down low in a half court set.

Brandon Bass is a fine player, but he’s more of a complimentary option. Whenever he tried to get physical and attack the rim in the playoffs he would just get blocked. While Sullinger is a true 6’9, Bass is listed at a generous 6’8. His style of play is much more suited to coming off the bench and providing a change of pace with his jump shot and high energy style of play.

If the Celtics re-sign KG they would have the outside shooting big man and would able to unleash Sullinger downlow to use his considerable size (268 pounds) and strength to move some bodies around and make plays around the basket. Plus, who better to learn how to play outside the paint as big man from than Garnett?

While Bass opted out of his contract there’s a good chance he re-signs with the Celtics and that would allow the oppourtunity for Sullinger to not have to bear the entire weight of the load. Which would be good news for not only his back, but also his mental state at his tries to develop into a complete NBA power forward.

Very rarely are players of this polish and skill level available in the 20′s and for the Celtics to pass on him – when they have back to back picks – would be foolish in my opinion. For a guy who only missed two games in his college career to be red flagged like this is certainly disconcering, but even if the Celtics can only get a Brandon Roy career length of of Sullinger – wouldn’t that be worth a late first round pick and an instantaneous boost in post production on offense? A place the Celtics were clearly lacking as the season wound down.

If KG returns, he’s not going to be able to do it all. Jared Sullinger would be able to help shoulder the burden while the Celtics make another run at a championship.

Even with that questionable back of his.

 

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