NBA Draft 2012: Celtics and Teams That Cemented Their Future Rotations

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIJuly 1, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24:  Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after defeating the Syracuse Orange during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Final at TD Garden on March 24, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The biggest part of an NBA team in their quest for the playoffs is depth. Three teams did a great job in the draft selecting the players that will rotate in for years.

There is a lot to be said when the players who are taken in the draft are going to contribute both right away and for years in the future. That's a top-notch way to select players.

The NBA isn't all about taking the top guys every year to start; it's more about taking the top guys to contribute.


Atlanta Hawks

Who They Took: SG John Jenkins, PF Mike Scott

The Hawks' draft wasn't flashy or spectacular, but rather logical. The basic principle behind taking Jenkins and Scott was to get guys who could come off the bench and score.

John Jenkins is a pure scorer with arguably the best jump shot in the draft. He will be able to come off the bench and provide the same kind of scoring that Tracy McGrady and Willie Green could provide at times. He will allow the Hawks to let one of those two guys walk without having to worry.

Mike Scott is a "what you see is what you get" type, and he isn't going to take the world by storm. He's the kind of guy who will be willing and effective in the post, but also able to pull out and hit jump shots. The mix of Scott, Ivan Johnson and Pachulia off the bench behind Horford and Smith gives the Hawks a nice rotation in their frontcourt.

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Harrison Barnes (R) of North Carolina greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number seven overall by the Golden State Warriors during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012
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Golden State Warriors

Who They Took: SF Harrison Barnes, C/PF Festus Ezeli, SF/PF Draymond Green, C Ognjen Kuzmic

The Warriors already had a very solid rotation at center with Bogut and Biedrins, but have since improved that even more with the selections of Ezeli and Kuzmic. The post rotation should also include David Lee and could see Ezeli and even Draymond Green contribute at the 4.

Harrison Barnes and Richard Jefferson should be excellent starters on the wing. Adding Draymond Green to Dorrell Wright and Brandon Rush will only help the rotation and give the Warriors one of the deeper teams in the league.


Boston Celtics

Who They Took: PF Jared Sullinger, C Fab Melo, SF Kris Joseph

The Celtics had one of the best drafts in the NBA this year. They stole two of the better players in the post with Sullinger and Melo slipping to them. Melo has starting ability and Sullinger has the potential to start eventually.

Garnett and Melo should be a good tandem at center for a couple of years, while Sullinger should team with Brandon Bass if Bass decides to re-sign with them. The depth in the post is amazing for the Celtics after this draft, and long-term it makes sense for them to eventually start Sullinger and Melo.

Kris Joseph is another good pick for long-term depth. He should be able to learn as much as he can from Paul Pierce while Pierce is in his last few years. He should also be able to come off the bench initially and help the Celtics with bench points and solid defense when he is on the floor.

The Celtics had an amazing draft and built their team's depth for the long term with it. By doing this, the Celtics could be the one team to challenge the Heat long-term for their titles in the East.