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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
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.
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  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
2009 NBA DRAFT
No. 13: Pacers select North Carolina’s 6-foot-9, 250-pound senior power forward Tyler Hansbrough 
No. 27: Grizzlies  select Missouri’s 6-foot-8, 212-pound senior power forward DeMarre Carroll
2008 NBA DRAFT
No. 12: Kings select Rider’s 6-foot-11, 250-pound senior power forward Jason Thompson
No. 17: Pacers select Georgetown’s 7-foot-2, 278-pound senior center Roy Hibbert
No. 29: Sonics select Indiana’s 6-foot-9, 251-pound senior power forward DJ White
2006 NBA DRAFT
No. 5: Hawks select Duke’s 6-foot-9, 250-pound senior power forward Shelden Williams 
No. 12: Hornets select Connecticut’s 6-foot-11, 235-pound senior center Hilton Armstrong
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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