NBA Draft 2012: Boston A Winner On Draft Night

It appears that Danny Ainge and the rest of the Celtics brass have put together another quality draft. After taking Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kris Joseph, Chris Mannix of SI.com has the Boston Celtics as one of his winners in this year's draft:

Boston addressed significant frontcourt needs by plucking plummeting Ohio State power forward Jared Sullinger at No. 21 and defensive-minded Syracuse center Fab Melo (more on him below) at No. 22. Sullinger is an interesting pick: a year ago he was considered a top-five talent, but a less than stellar sophomore year combined with concerns about a potentially chronic back injury had teams running away from him. Two concerns general managers often cite with Sullinger: a low motor and difficulties defending the pick and roll. Kevin Garnett, who assisted with the development of Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis, could be a big help to Sullinger -- if KG decides to return.

Mannix also pegged Fab Melo as the best fit in the draft:

Fab Melo -- No one is saying the 22-year old Melo is ready to play right away. But his defense and shot blocking skills are undeniable and with a little work and by adding a little bulk to his 7-foot, 255-pound frame, Melo has starting center potential. And for the Celtics, which shifted Kevin Garnett to center the second half of last season, that's a position they badly needed to fill.


For more on the Celtics and the 2012 NBA Draft, check out CelticsBlog and stay tuned to SB Nation Boston.


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