June 29, 2012

THE BIG ONE:

Celtics Draft Picks Add Greater Evidence That Team Long Ago Began Process of Building Around Rajon Rondo (Ben Watanabe, Jun 29, 2012, NESN)

Most of what was said during and immediately following the NBA draft on Thursday was standard front office-speak. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and assistant general manager Ryan McDonough were surprised to get Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo with the 21st and 22nd picks. They had both players rated higher. They like both players' potential but are not counting on both to contribute right away. They're excited, and all that stuff. Two subtle comments stood out, though. In speaking about Melo, McDonough noted that the 7-footer from Syracuse is "an over-the-top threat on lobs." Ainge added that Sullinger is "not a sprinter by any stretch, but he's a rebounder and you've got to have the ball to run."

 In other words: Happy offseason, Rajon Rondo. The Celtics got you two new toys to play with.



Posted by at June 29, 2012 6:49 PM
  

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