Sullinger and Melo will be working side by side from Day 1, which bodes well for both players.
Sully has back problems and Melo is a bit of a headcase. They both seemed like risky picks, but the two have similar characteristics and should be able to mesh together. It also helps that they were taken in the same year and will be playing alongside each other for years to come.
Along with this tandem, the C's have one of the best point guards in the world: Rajon Rondo. Rondo is a great distributor and leader, which bodes well for Sullinger.
At Ohio State, Sully had Aaron Craft for a floor general, which is what allowed his offensive game to flourish. Sullinger gets a very similar player in Rondo, and the two will surely develop a chemistry that benefits both.
Sully can play well inside, and Rondo can get him the ball in a position to score. All he has to do is finish.
Surrounded by veterans, Sullinger will be allowed to learn under some great players. While Kevin Garnett is a free agent, the team may decide to re-sign him for one more year so he can retire in Boston if he chooses to play another season.
If Garnett is going to sign anywhere, it will probably be Boston. If he does, then Sullinger will learn from one of the best forwards in the history of the game.
Finally, the best part about heading to Boston comes off the court. Doc Rivers is the type of coach who can work with Sullinger and help him flourish in the NBA. Rivers and Sully will be able to come up with a plan that allows Sullinger to be a big part of the rebuilding of Boston.
Sullinger may have slipped down the draft board, but he couldn't have asked for a more perfect situation.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!