Although the Boston Celtics still have a long road to the playoffs, it's never too early to scout the college players expected to enter the NBA Draft. And regardless of their recent success, the loss of floor general Rajon Rondo and rookie big man Jared Sullinger seem to amplify the 26-23 squad's needs for 2013-14 and beyond.
Widespread reports recently stated that Rondo could return from his ACL injury earlier than originally expected, possibly in four to six months. But Boston still needs a true point guard. Avery Bradley and Courtney Lee both seem more fit at the two-guard position, and Jason Terry's future in the NBA—never mind Boston—remains uncertain.
At the same time, Boston's weaknesses year in and year out start in the paint, on the post and under the boards. Last June, General Manager and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge drafted Sullinger and fellow rookie Fab Melo to improve the Celtics' dreadful rebounding and shot block statistics. However, their draft analysis drawbacks came back to haunt them, as Sullinger's back required surgery in late January and Melo has yet to develop his game to a professional level.
With March Madness right around the corner, the 2013 draft class is starting to really heat up. Keeping in mind the Celtics' projected draft position (#15-22), here's a list of the true point guards and reliable big men that fit Boston's needs, as well as their offensive and defensive schemes.