I absolutely love Jared Sullinger at the 21st pick, back problems be damned — almost as much as I loathe Fab “El Busto” Melo. I emailed a group of friends earlier this morning to say that if Melo becomes a productive pro, I’ll tattoo a profile of Kobe Bryant’s face on my chest and write a love letter to Rick Pitino.
But Sullinger? He would have been a top 5 selection last season and has dominated the NCAA for the past two seasons. He’s a beast inside and possesses soft touch on the perimeter. He has a little of Glen Davis’ “I overeat on occasion, so I’m likely to get my shot blocked more often than most” inside game, but he’s a real talent who would have gone a lot higher if it weren’t for red flags surrounding his back — which apparently don’t overly concern Danny Ainge and the Celtics’ doctors.
One out of two, in my grade book.
More to come later, as I’m at the TD Garden about to hop on a conference call with Doc Rivers.