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Sullinger will make an impact in year one

Posted by shawn cassidy on August 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

ESPN set up a panel of bloggers,and ESPN Boston writers, and they all agree Sullinger is the rookie that will crack Doc's lineup.

Greg Payne, ESPN Boston (Jared Sullinger)

We all know Doc Rivers doesn't have a strong history of playing the young guys, but if any of them are going to make waves this season, it'll be Jared Sullinger. I doubt he'll have overwhelming numbers, but his ability to rebound the ball, particularly on the offensive end, cannot be overstated. The Celtics have been a somewhat horrendous rebounding team in recent seasons, and while Sullinger won't cure that all by himself, he certainly has the ability to improve the situation. Additionally, if the frequency with which he got to the free throw line during summer league translates over at all into regular-season play, he'll be an asset to the Celtics on offense. He might be undersized for his position, but his game is multifaceted enough for him to still produce points while going up against taller defenders. Combine all of that with his mid-range shooting and passing abilities, and it's not hard to imagine him being the lone rookie to break into the rotation.

If the Celtics won't have a bigs coach. KG hopefully takes in Sullinger. If Jared wants to become a star, or a solid player in the NBA. Following KG around is a must. I think will Sullinger backing up Bass, and Wilcox backing up KG. I would be surprised if Doc doesn't play Sullinger this season.

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Reply paul
12:20 PM on August 10, 2012 
We desperately need to bring a true center in to at least work with Sullinger.