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Could Jared Sullinger become rookie starter for Celtics?

Oct 11, 2012, 8:41 AM EST

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Jared Sullinger slid down the draft board back in June because doctors had red-flagged his back. There might be surgery needed.

He fell all the way to the Celtics, a team with a solid veteran power forward in Brandon Bass — a guy who hit some big shots and played a role in the team reaching the Eastern Conference finals.

Looks like Sullinger may slide right past Bass into the starting lineup.

Sullinger started Sunday for Boston in its second preseason game. You want to be careful reading too much into preseason lineup changes, but Sullinger was running with the starters in practice and coach Doc Rivers said he would consider it, according to Gary Washburn at the Boston Globe.

“I’m going to try (Sullinger) a couple of games, and then I’ll throw Brandon in and then I’ll put Darko (Milicic) in a couple of times,” Rivers said following the team’s workout Wednesday. “You can read into it whatever you want. But there’s been no decision made on anything.”

That’s a coach talking. In coach speak. But clearly Sullinger has caught his eye.

“I don’t really want to get into who’s starting who’s not yet. We’ll see. I’m not worried about our starting lineup. I’m far more worried about our second lineup, and that’s the lineup that we’re going to keep moving guys around.”

That second unit could really use a steady, smart, pick-and-pop big to provide some points. Someone just like Brandon Bass.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    All Celtics. All the time. Can’t wait to read about KG ignoring Fab Melo later today.

    When was the last PBT column on the Spurs?

  2. paulhargis53 - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    That’s pretty rich coming from a Heat fan.
    What with Bosh nicknaming himself and Wade changing his shoes and all.

    Here’s an idea.Don’t read it if you don’t want to hear about it! Don’t comment either, no one will miss you, I can assure you of that.

  3. halfbaht - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    ^when was the last time the spurs did anything worth mentioning? As for it being all celtics all the time, obviously haven’t noticed the abundance of lakers and heat articles smh

  4. money2long - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    sullinger needs to play well. who was the last medical red flag rookie to fulfill the red flags?

    • 00maltliquor - Oct 11, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      IDK about fulfilling the red flag doom, but remember DeJuan Blair?

    • money2long - Oct 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      i am not saying he will fulfill his red flags. i only asked the question because i can’t remember the last medically red flag prospect to come into the league and actually eventually suffer from his predicted future ailments. dejuan blair came to mind for me, and it’s the only reason i asked the question because he was one of those people, but he hasn’t had any serious setbacks.

      crazy thing is, as i write this i am now remembering reading on PBT about during brandon roy’s draft, someone told another GM to stay away from roy because his knees are shredded..or something like that, the will be shredded, along those lines anyway.

      so yea. i always root for guys to beat the odds. going from top 5 draft pick early in his career, hearing about his red flags, seeing his stock fall and being taken well below top 5, inside i just want those guys to overcome. one rookie i want to do that is perry jones. but the thunder will be ridiculously good if pjIII turns out a stud. damn lol

  5. misterdreamer119 - Oct 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Start Bass, Sully off the bench. Then again I trust Doc.

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