4. Jared Sullinger
Jared Sullinger comes in on the bottom of our list at number four. Sully has become a fan favorite because of his personality and his work ethic, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that he should be the starting power forward on the Celtics’ roster.
He will get the opportunity to start, but his defensive ability is close to the bottom–if not at the bottom–of this list. Even though most of the power forwards on this team won’t be too good defensively, Sullinger’s footwork and ability to move around in the paint will hamper him here.
I’m also concerned about how Sullinger comes back from injury. I don’t know how much of a workload he’ll be able to take and what type of a workload Brad Stevens will want the starting power forward to handle–especially defensively. For Sullinger, it may be best to come along slowly until he gets his legs back under him and we’re sure that his back won’t be an issue.
He’s worked hard throughout this offseason and should be in great shape. We’ll see how things pan out for him this year with the Celtics.