Something I have been harping on for the better part of the last year is that Brandon Bass is simply not a starter. He was not brought to Boston to be a starter, and should not be the starter this season.
I have immense respect for how he performed when pressed into the role following a rash of injuries, but do not see him as a long-term solution. After Jeff Green's last 18 months, I am also not comfortable handing him the reigns. Boston was the worst rebounding team in the NBA last season. Green only exacerbates that problem.
The long-term solution was drafted this summer with the No. 21 overall pick. Jared Sullinger should start at power forward for the Celtics. Outside of Kevin Garnett, he is the most talented big on the Celtics roster. It also helps that he plays like a big.
Unlike Green and Bass, Sullinger uses his size. His game revolves around his ability to create space in the paint. This grants the Celtics two things they missed last season, rebounding and interior scoring. Bass is a perimeter player who shoots elbow-jumpers, and Garnett is the same at this point. Sullinger is the best interior threat on the team, and needs a serious look here.
This is not without precedent. A lot of rookies from this deep draft will be starting this season. Look at what the San Antonio Spurs did with Kawhi Leonard last season, they had a need and filled it with a rookie.
If either Green or Bass left in free agency, this would not seem like so wild an idea, nor would it if Sullinger hadn't fallen in the draft due to a mirage back injury. High-lottery talent like this can start on NBA teams right away.