With the Boston Celtics' preseason slate finished up, outlandish claims like, "Put Jared Sullinger in the starting lineup," hardly seem out of place at all.
Sullinger, the Celtics' first-round pick (No. 21) in June's draft, has been one of the most impressive rookies in the league so far. He has turned a lot of heads with how NBA-ready his game seems to be. With a polished back-to-the-basket game already in his repertoire, he could be the best interior scorer to come out of the draft.
There are concerns about Sullinger moving forward, as there are with a lot of under-sized power forwards. The Celtics incumbent to the starting spot is Brandon Bass. Though Bass did nothing to lose his job in preseason play, it could just be that Sullinger did enough to take it.
Even though it is dangerous to draw conclusions from preseason lineup decisions, it is worth noting that in eight preseason games, Sullinger earned five starts to Bass' three. Going even further, Boston was 0-3 in Bass' starts.
Either way, this is a great subject for debate. When a team has two starting-caliber players at one position, it can mean great things are on the horizon for both players and more importantly, the team.