The Boston Celtics seem to have acquired depth, experience, and a pinch of chemistry during last night’s annual NBA Draft. In a rarely seen move, the Celtics drafted two players from the same college squad, JaJuan Johnson, and E’Twaun Moore of the Purdue Boilermakers.
Johnson, a 6-10 and 220lbs forward, provides the C’s some with much needed size. He had a very successful college campaign, posting 20.5ppg and 8.6rpg in his senior season. His dossier reads impressively, but the main question is his size and toughness. For having the height of a power forward, he merely weighs in at the size of a shooting guard. Scouts tout his athleticism and open court acceleration. He also has solid range for a big man, being able to shoot out to about 18 feet.
Concerning his size issues – it appears as if JaJuan has already put on an additional 5-10 pounds since the conclusion of his fourth year at Purdue. Hopefully this will lead to him being more of a post presence, both offensively and defensively. I am cautiously optimistic about Johnson, realizing that he had a stellar career in what was the overwhelmingly best defensive conference in the nation.
Moore, Johnson’s playing partner at Purdue, will provide the Celtics with a different type of spark. By no means is Moore considered an exemplary shooter, but instead he relies on his slasher skills to produce points. Due to his size, he is a bit of a tweener – just like Johnson. He falls short of the average size of an NBA shooting guard, but also lacks the necessary skills to play point in the NBA. The most encouraging sign of his game is the defensive prowess he possesses. Celticsblog has likened him to Tony Allen, a player that the Celtics sorely missed in this year’s playoffs.
Both are undersized for their prospective NBA positions, but clearly that does not exclude either from having a successful NBA career. Johnson and Moore will provide a dash of chemistry and camaraderie to the team, having led Purdue to a remarkable season sans Robbie Hummel. Of course losing in the 1st round of the tournament to VCU was a grave disappointment. But several contests later, VCU had more than proven its worthiness.
In what was a predominantly foreign draft, it’s good to see the Celtics acquiring some familiar faces. By no means are we expecting superstardom from either of these players. But having one or the other fill a meaningful niche role in the lineup would be a wonderful start. As the Celtics lineup is presently constituted, it appears as if they’ll have a real shot to do so when training camp rolls around. Best of luck, gentlemen.
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Written by Michael Johnson
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