ESPN analyst Andy Katz, in an interview on the Dennis & Callahan Show, suggested that the Celtics did extremely well to grab Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger with the No. 21 overall pick in the draft. While there are medical issues surrounding the two-time All-American, Katz suggested that the opportunity to grab a player who might have been a lottery pick was rare.
"You know what you're going to get. Yes, his back was red-flagged out of Chicago and it did scare a couple of teams away," said Katz. "I still question how high he would have gone had this not occurred. I think he would have gone higher, maybe the late lottery into the mid-teens, but in this particular draft, based on the needs of the teams way up high, I don't think he was ever going to be a top-five or a top-seven player. The Celtics, in talking to Danny Ainge last night, I think they got a steal. I definitely do. They got a player who is going to work as hard as anyone, who is probably the best back-to-the-basket scorer in this draft.
Whether he's a Corliss Williamson or someone like that who doesn't have a high ceiling, or if he becomes a player who is going to reach his potential and become as big a star in the NBA as he was in college -- a two-time All-American -- remains to be seen, but I think Boston got a steal in Jared Sullinger falling all the way down to No. 21. As the Celtics brass told me last night, he is a top 10 talent who fell to them."
Katz suggested that the addition of Syracuse seven-footer Fab Melo likewise helped the Celtics to address an area of need at a time when they have few players under contract.
"The chance [Ainge is] taking is that Fab Melo has not played up to his potential until recently at Syracuse. He was a non-factor earlier in his career at Syracuse. This past issue, he had eligibility issues," said Katz. "He has, NBA draft word, upside. He is more of a defensive presence than a scorer, whereas Sullinger is the opposite. Because of his playing a little bit more below the rim, he's not going to be a shot-blocker by any means, but you're going to trust him more to score with his back to the basket.
"Ainge has told me, as I'm sure he has told everyone else there in Boston, that he fully expects Garnett to return. We'll have to wait and see to make sure," he continued. "[But] they've shored up the front line. They just added more depth to a position where they desperately need it."
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