Apparently, there is a two-drink minimum when selecting players out of the Big 10. The Celtics double dipped and ordered two Boilermakers.
With the 27th selection in the first round, the Celtics took 6-10 senior power forward JaJuan Johnson from Purdue. With the 25th (55th) selection in the second round, the Celtics took 6-4 senior shooting guard E’Twuan Moore, also from Purdue during the annual NBA draft on Thursday night.
Technically, the Celtics selected Providence College guard Marshon Brooks with the 25th overall selection. In a draft-day trade, the Celtics sent Brooks to the New Jersey Nets in return for the rights to Johnson and a 2014 second round pick. Brooks had been trending as a likely selection for the C’s leading up to the draft. The dynamic shooting guard lit up the Big East averaging 24.6 points and 7 rebounds per game.
While the trade is getting a lot of negative press in the Boston area based solely on the local connection. The Celtics added depth to the front court they so desperately needed. Brooks is an electric player capable of driving to the hoop, he struggles on defense and has yet to find a consistent three-point stroke. With only Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal currently in the front court, the Celtics needed to add some length to their roster in a big way.
Let’s take a closer look at each selection:
6-10 senior power forward from Purdue
20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in the 2010-2011 season.
- Long, athletic big man: 8-10 reach with a 7-2 wingspan
- Above average shot-blocker
- Great leaper
- Runs the floor well
- Decent mid-range shot
- Low post game
- Basketball IQ
- Ability to transition to NBA
6-4 senior shooting guard from Purdue
18 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 3.2 assists per game in the 2010-2011 season.
- Lanky combo guard, capable of playing both spots
- Shooting ability, shot .400 from behind the arc as a senior
- Runs the floor well
- Decent defender
- Finishing at the basket
- Under sized
Overall, a solid draft for Danny Ainge. The Celtics added players that can play defense and shoot the ball well. The Celtics are loaded with scorers and needed to fill out the roster with players that can step in and contribute in other areas. Johnson and Moore may not be the sexiest picks in the draft, they fill a need. Having a player or two that can come off the bench and play defense and/or knock down a few buckets is an invaluable chip to a championship puzzle. Plus, having an extra second round pick, plus the Clippers lottery protected first round pick, at their disposal puts the Celtics in a nice position to make extra moves leading up to and during the season.
The Houdini Says: A-
Solid draft in what was labeled as one of the worst draft classes in recent memory. In 5 years, we may look back and appreciate where the Celtics were able to nab each player.