With the Celtics picking at 21 and 22 in the 2012 NBA Draft, they could have done a lot worse than Ohio State F Jared Sullinger and Syracuse C Fab Melo. Jeff Clark from our Celtics site Celtics Blog posted his thoughts on the duo, and is very high on the Jared Sullinger pick and the possibilities that it could bring the C's:.
Obviously I'm thrilled with the Sullinger pick. Worrying about injuries and being patient with players who are out for stretches at a time are old hat for us Celtics fans. When you are picking at 21 and 22, you roll the dice. Maybe he'll get hurt and never play a game, but there are plenty of guys picked in the 20's who won't make a major impact on their team. The upside is that Sully could be a long time starter for us.
While he's high on the Sullinger pick, Jeff isn't as high on Fab Melo, but he understands why they chose him:
Fab Melo I'm obviously less thrilled with but I understand the pick. He's a legit seven footer that has a talent for blocking shots. It sounds like he's going to be a project, meaning he might have to spend a year learning "the Celtic way." Fine. Again, we're getting used to that around here. If JaJuan Johnson can step up and play some more this year I'll feel a lot better about stashing Melo in Maine or keeping him around to replace Ryan Hollins (or at least Sean Williams) in the deep end of the rotation