If the season ended today, the Boston Celtics would finish one game behind the Detroit Pistons for the 8th spot in the eastern conference. Many sports fans have discussed the idea of the Celtics tanking this season for a high pick to land Jabrari Parker or Andrew Wiggins in next summer’s draft. After the practice on Monday, Jared Sullinger spoke to the media about the current state of the Boston Celtics.
“A lot of guys expect us to tank for Parker or Wiggins,” Sullinger said. “Y’all might as well throw that out the door. I don’t know why people keep talking about tanking.”
“We got competitors around here, we’re not really like that,” He added. “We just want to win and show everybody that they can kiss our butts about that tanking stuff.”
What Sullinger is saying is true. The Celtics have a lot of competitors on this team and a head coach that utilizes every player to the best of their abilities. Tanking is never a good excuse to land a top draft selection for next summer regardless of how much promise a college prospect will have at the NBA level. The focus of the Celtics is to make into the playoffs for the seventh straight season.
Good news for a lot of anxious Celtics fans. Rajon Rondo has been cleared by his doctors to participate in a full 5-on-5 practice and is on the fast track to returning around late December or early January.