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What can Celtics expect from JaJuan Johnson?

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On July 19, 2011 @ 6:11 pm In General | No Comments

If, like me, your first thought after the Celtics drafted JaJuan Johnson was, “Well, at least they got someone who could contribute right away,” then think again.

JaJuan Johnson

The C’s picked the 6-foot-10, 220-pound four-year collegiate power forward with the No. 25 pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft. In the five previous drafts, ever since the NBA banned high school players from joining the league until age 19 or one year after the graduation of their high school class, exactly 30 four-year college players have been drafted in the first round.

  • Of those 30 players, seven were either power forwards or centers like Johnson.
  • Of those seven players, four lasted past the lottery.
  • Of those four players, three played more than 10 games.
  • Of those three players, two averaged more than three points as rookies.
  • Of those two players, one measured under 7 feet, 2 inches tall: Trevor Booker.

It could be better (Roy Hibbert) or worse (DeMarre Carroll) than the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Booker, the No. 23 pick by the Wizards (via the Timberwolves) in 2010. To get an idea of what the Celtics should expect from their first-round pick if and when the 2011-12 season [3] begins — and beyond – here’s how the seven other four-year collegiate big men have fared since 2006 …

2010 NBA DRAFT

No. 23: Wizards select Clemson’s 6-foot-7, 240-pound senior power forward  Trevor Booker

  • 2010-11 stats (65 games): 16.4 MIN, 5.3 PTS, 3.9 RPG, 0.6 BLK, 54.9 FG%, 67.3 FT%
  • Injuries: Missed final 11 games of rookie season (fractured right foot)
  • Traded: Timberwolves traded rights to Wizards on draft day
  • Playoffs: Did not qualify

2009 NBA DRAFT

No. 13: Pacers select North Carolina’s 6-foot-9, 250-pound senior power forward Tyler Hansbrough

  • 2009-10 stats (29 games): 17.6 MIN, 8.5 PTS, 4.8 REB, 1.0 AST, 36.0 FG%, 74.3 FT%
  • 2010-11 stats (70 games): 21.9 MIN, 11.0 PTS, 5.3 REB, 0.6 AST, 46.5 FG%, 77.9 FT%
  • Injuries: Missed final 42 games of rookie season (inner ear problems)
  • Traded: No
  • Playoffs: Averaged 11.2 rebounds and 5.4 rebounds in 32.8 minutes during five games this past season

No. 27: Grizzlies select Missouri’s 6-foot-8, 212-pound senior power forward DeMarre Carroll

  • 2009-10 stats (71 games): 11.2 MIN, 2.9 PTS, 2.1 REB, 0.5 AST, 39.6 FG%, 62.3 FT%
  • 2010-11 stats (12 games): 4.2 MIN, 0.8 PTS, 0.7 REB, 0.3 AST, 33.3 FG%, 100.0 FT%
  • Injuries: None
  • Traded: Dealt with Hasheem Thabeet to Rockets for Shane Battier in 2010-11 (and subsequently waived)
  • Playoffs: Did not qualify

2008 NBA DRAFT

No. 12: Kings select Rider’s 6-foot-11, 250-pound senior power forward Jason Thompson

  • 2008-09 stats (82 games): 28.1 MIN, 11.1 PTS, 7.4 REB, 1.1 AST, 49.7 FG%, 69.2 FT%
  • 2009-10 stats (75 games): 31.4 MIN, 12.5 PTS, 8.5 REB, 1.7 AST, 47.2 FG%, 71.5 FT%
  • 2010-11 stats (75 games): 23.3 MIN, 8.8 PTS, 6.1 REB, 1.2 AST, 50.7 FG%, 60.5 FT%
  • Injuries: None
  • Traded: No
  • Playoffs: Did not qualify

No. 17: Pacers select Georgetown’s 7-foot-2, 278-pound senior center Roy Hibbert

  • 2008-09 stats (70 games): 14.4 MIN, 7.1 PTS, 3.5 REB, 1.1 BLK, 47.1 FG%, 66.7 FT%
  • 2009-10 stats (81 games): 25.1 MIN, 11.7 PTS, 5.7 REB, 1.6 BLK, 49.5 FG%, 75.4 FT%
  • 2010-11 stats (81 games): 27.7 MIN, 12.7 PTS, 7.5 REB, 1.8 BLK, 46.1 FG%, 74.5 FT%
  • Injuries: None
  • Traded: Raptors traded rights to Pacers on draft day
  • Playoffs: Averaged 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26.4 minutes during five games this past season

No. 29: Sonics select Indiana’s 6-foot-9, 251-pound senior power forward DJ White

  • 2008-09 stats (7 games): 18.6 MIN, 8.9 PTS, 4.6 REB, 0.9 AST, 52.0 FG%, 76.9 FT%
  • 2009-10 stats (21 games): 8.5 MIN, 4.9 PTS, 1.9 REB, 0.3 AST, 61.0 FG%, 90.0 FT%
  • 2010-11 stats (47 games): 14.6 MIN, 5.7 PTS, 3.4 REB, 0.4 AST, 50.7 FG%, 71.9 FT%
  • Injuries: Missed first five months of rookie season (benign jaw growth); suffered fractured thumb after eight games in 2009-10
  • Traded: Pistons traded rights to Sonics on draft day; Thunder sent White with Morris Peterson to Bobcats for Nazr Mohammed during this past season
  • Playoffs: Did not participate

2006 NBA DRAFT

No. 5: Hawks select Duke’s 6-foot-9, 250-pound senior power forward Shelden Williams

  • 2006-07 stats (81 games): 18.7 MIN, 5.5 PTS, 5.4 REB, 0.6 STL, 45.5 FG%, 76.4 FT%
  • 2007-08 stats (64 games): 12.1 MIN, 4.0 PTS, 3.2 REB, 0.3 STL, 43.4 FG%, 67.6 FT%
  • 2008-09 stats (45 games): 11.4 MIN, 4.1 PTS, 3.4 REB, 0.5 STL, 44.6 FG%, 73.0 FT%
  • 2009-10 stats (54 games): 11.1 MIN, 3.7 PTS, 2.7 REB, 0.4 AST, 52.1 FG%, 76.5 FT%
  • 2010-11 stats (59 games): 15.4 MIN, 4.5 PTS, 4.6 REB, 0.5 AST, 46.8 FG%, 77.3 FT%
  • Injuries: None
  • Traded: Played for six different teams (Hawks, Kings, Timberwolves, Celtics, Nuggets and Knicks) in five NBA seasons
  • Playoffs: Averaged 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in 7.1 minutes during eight games for Celtics in 2009-10

No. 12: Hornets select Connecticut’s 6-foot-11, 235-pound senior center Hilton Armstrong

  • 2006-07 stats (56 games): 11.3 MIN, 3.1 PTS, 2.7 REB, 0.5 BLK, 54.4 FG%, 59.7 FT%
  • 2007-08 stats (65 games): 11.3 MIN, 2.7 PTS, 2.5 REB, 0.5 BLK, 45.3 FG%, 62.9 FT%
  • 2008-09 stats (70 games): 15.6 MIN, 4.8 PTS, 2.8 REB, 0.6 BLK, 56.1 FG%, 63.3 FT%
  • 2009-10 stats (33 games): 10.2 MIN, 2.2 PTS, 2.5 REB, 0.4 BLK, 35.4 FG%, 46.9 FT%
  • 2010-11 stats (26 games): 9.2 MIN, 1.7 PTS, 2.5 REB, 0.4 BLK, 48.7 FG%, 48.5 FT%
  • Injuries: None
  • Traded: Played for five different teams (Hornets, Kings, Rockets, Wizards and Hawks) in five NBA seasons
  • Playoffs: Averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.0 minutes during 20 playoff games in three of past four seasons

Not exactly a murderer’s row of NBA diamonds in the rough. Regardless of what kind of production the Celtics get out of Johnson, one thing is for sure: The Purdue product will be the only one of the seven four-year collegiate big men selected in the first round since 2006 to perform for a playoff team. How much he’ll contribute to that is highly suspect.


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