The Celtics don't normally rely on rookies, but this year is different.
Boston selected Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo with its two first-round draft choices, and both of those bigs are expected to fill needs for the C's up front.
First and foremost, Sullinger and Melo will be asked to rebound the basketball, something the Celtics struggled to do in 2012. Sullinger was a great rebounder in college, and although Melo wasn't exactly stellar in that area, he has the size (7'0", 255 lbs.) and skill to improve drastically.
Sullinger in particular will also be depended upon to provide some low-post scoring off the bench. Outside of Kevin Garnett, Boston didn't really have anyone it can go to on the low block this past year.
Well, now it does. Sullinger was the best pure back-to-the-basket player in the draft, and he should be able to carry that ability to the professional level.
Melo certainly needs some grooming, but his presence defensively alongside of Garnett could end up working wonders for the C's.
These two kids may very well be big-time contributors to a potential playoff run.
Hey, Kris Joseph might even step up, as well.