The Boston Celtics selected Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger with the 21st pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Name: Jared Sullinger
College: Ohio State
HeightWeight: 6-9, 280 pounds
Most recent college stats: 30.4 min, 17.5 pts (51.9 FG, 40.0 3PG, 76.8 FT), 9.2 reb, 1.2 ast, 1.2 stl, 1.1 blk
Accolades: 2011 and 2012 First Team All-American, First Team All-Big 10 Selection, Wooden Award Finalist, 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Not backing down? Earlier this week, ESPN.com reported Sullinger had been medically flagged by doctors for bulging discs in his back. Stay tuned to CSNNE.com for more on this pick.
What Doc says: "The fact that Jared Sullinger fell to us is just fortunate. Last year, he'd have been a top 5 pick. All year he was a top 10 pick. The fact that he just kept falling to us gives a rebounder, high IQ player, great passer, and a very good shooter from the outside. And it gives us some physical force."
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The Celtics reportedly are taking a look at free agent Al Horford.
Wait. Make that WHY?
If you're going with someone like Jaylen Brown, you don't pursue a Grade B free agent like Horford. Or even think about making a deal for Kevin Love. When the Celtics decided not to deal the third pick for an Okafor, Noel or Butler, and instead went for a player who'll need several years to fully develop, the course for this offseason was set.
Now, if the Celtics wow the daylights out of Kevin Durant and land him, Horford would be a nice addition for a less-than-max deal. But, despite my fanboy optimism in regard to a Durant signing, the chances are slim that KD will land in Boston.
I really liked Al Horford. Notice the use of the past tense. He's 30 years old and will get a max deal from somebody stupid enough to give him one. The guy averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game last season and went MIA for Games 3, 4 and 5 in the playoffs against Boston. He's on the downside of his career, and I'd rather the Celtics enter next season with the roster they have now than add Horford.
I feel the same way about Love. If your top draft pick has one year of college experience and needs to greatly improve his basketball skills -- hello there, Jaylen Brown -- why bother with Love?
Horford and Love would be pieces to add if Durant comes here. Period. And please don't tell me that adding both, or either, would make the Celtics more attractive to KD. Nope.
I feel the Celtics have made their bed. It's Kevin Durant or nothing at all.