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NBA Draft 2012: Jared Sullinger Found Perfect Situation with Boston Celtics

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 17:  Jared Sullinger #0 and Deshaun Thomas #1 (C) of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts in the second half against Robert Sacre #00 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 17, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Josh SchochAnalyst IIIMay 29, 2016

Jared Sullinger's lingering back issues hurt his draft stock enough to drop him to the 21st pick in the 2012 NBA draft, but it all worked out in the end for the former Ohio State Buckeye.

After not being invited to attend the draft it looked like Sullinger's night would be spoiled, but I'm sure he was elated when he found out that he would be playing with the Boston Celtics.

Sullinger was drafted alongside C Fab Melo with the No. 21 and No. 22 picks, respectively. These two will be crucial in Boston's plan to add youth to the oldest team in the NBA.

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.

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