For the Boston Celtics, the past couple years have been about the team's past. This year must be the beginning of the team's future.
A large part of that future appears to rest on the shoulders of rookie big man Jared Sullinger.
With the No. 21 pick of June's draft, Boston grabbed the Ohio State product to play power forward.
With Sullinger being labelled a lottery talent, it is not a stretch to say the Celtics got the steal of the draft. Should Sullinger's back hold up, he has the skill set to become a very good professional player.
The lingering question is about playing time. Where, when and how often should the Celtics utilize their first-round pick?
Sullinger's main competition for minutes will come from last year's starter Brandon Bass, as well as injury-returnees Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox.
While it seems like a stretch to some, there is no doubt that Sullinger must develop into the Celtics starter this season.