Jared Sullinger to Start for Celtics?
It was presumed on the way into training camp that the Celtics starting lineup was fairly well set with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass up front and Courtney Lee keeping Avery Bradley’s spot in the backcourt warm for now alongside Rajon Rondo.
Not so fast.
Coach Doc Rivers yesterday opened the door wide to the possibility of rookie Jared Sullinger pushing Bass to a reserve role to better balance the rotation. Rivers even raised the notion that much-traveled Darko Milicic could open at center and nudge Garnett back to power forward.
And as if that weren’t enough, Rivers said the C’s could wind up with an all-of-the-above approach.
“We may go to a transitional starting lineup, you know, have three different lineups,” Rivers said. “We put a lot of thought into it. We just will figure it out.”
Sullinger, the No. 21 overall pick in June’s NBA draft, started the second game of the club’s overseas couplet. He had 25 points and 15 rebounds in 37 minutes spanning the two games in Turkey and Italy.
“I’m going to try it a couple of games,” Rivers said of Sullinger starting, “and then I’ll throw Brandon in and I’ll throw Darko in a couple times. So you can read into it whatever you want, but there’s been no decisions made on anything now.”