Boston Celtics: 5 Ways New Draft Picks Will Have a Positive Impact in Boston

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Boston Celtics: 5 Ways New Draft Picks Will Have a Positive Impact in Boston
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Coming into the 2012 NBA offseason, most expected this to be the beginning of a rebuild for the Boston Celtics.  

With Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen free agents, the Big Three era looked to be over and the draft looked to be the first vestige of beginning anew in Boston.

Armed with back-to-back picks at No. 21 and No. 22 in the first round, the Celtics took Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger and Syracuse center Fab Melo. After that, the team nabbed Melo's teammate, forward Kris Joseph, in the second round.  

However, as free agency began, the Celtics' plan shifted from a new beginning to the return of the old garb. Garnett re-signed with the team and Jason Terry took the mid-level to play the role of Allen's replacement for the next three years.

With a team competing for playoff position in place, how will the rookies make a positive impact? Read through to find out.

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