|Celtics take Purdue guard E’Twaun Moore in second round||06.24.11 at 12:45 am ET|
The Celtics had three players targeted in the first round, and they got one of them in Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson. The Celtics also had the No. 55 selection, but the talent pool at that point was very shallow. With a strong 2012 draft class, there was speculation that the Celtics would try to trade the pick for one next year.
Instead, they chose Purdue shooting guard E’Twaun Moore. Moore, who like Johnson played four collegiate seasons under coach Matt Painter, averaged 18 points per game on 44.7 percent shooting his senior year with the Boilermakers. Moore is much more effective driving to the rim than spotting up on the perimeter. His outside stroke is something he’ll need to improve on if he wants to hang around in the association.
Celtics president Danny Ainge did not intentionally draft two players from the same school.
“No connection,” Ainge said when asked if the picks were related. “Just independently they were the best guys on the board for us when we were drafting. I didn’t even realize that we were picking two kids from Purdue until Doc was on the phone with JaJuan, and he had just heard that we drafted E’Twaun, and I think that made him more excited than the fact that he was drafted. That was just pure coincidence.”
Listed at 6-foot-4, 191 pounds, Moore will have a hard time matching up against some of the bigger shooting guards in the NBA. His skill set is geared to that of a shooting guard, so a transition to the point does not seem likely.
Ainge explained that Moore can make up for his lack of size with his length and a scoring ability evidenced by his 38-point performance in a win over No. 2 Ohio State. Moore drained seven 3-pointers in the game.
“He’s played strictly a 2, but he can handle the ball some,” Ainge said. “He’s a scorer. He’s only 6-3 but he’s extremely long, has long arms, terrific scorer.”
Ainge said both players will have a chance to compete for playing time next season.
|Celtics trade picks, get Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson||06.23.11 at 10:24 pm ET|
The Celtics swung a minor deal in the first round of the NBA draft, trading back from 25 to 27 with New Jersey and picking up a 2014 second-round pick in the process. The Celtics wound up with Purdue big man JaJuan Johnson, a rangy 6-foot-10 shot-blocker who averaged over 20 points and 8 rebounds a game for the Boilermakers.
Johnson stayed all four years at Purdue and ended his career with a bevy of awards including Big Ten Player of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and consensus All-America. The Celtics desperately need size and Johnson offers that, along with some upside offensively.
Officially the Celtics selected Providence’s Marshon Brooks with the 25th pick. The trade went through after the Nets chose at 27. A league source indicated that the Celtics would have taken Boston College product Reggie Jackson, but the Thunder took him one spot ahead of their choice at 24.
|2011 NBA draft recap||at 8:11 pm ET|
Below is a list of picks in the 2011 NBA draft. This list will be updated throughout the night as each pick is made.
No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers selected Duke PG Kyrie Irving with the first pick of the draft. Irving played just 11 games in his only season with the Blue Devils.
No. 2 Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves selected Arizona SF/PF Derrick Williams with the second pick of the draft. Williams will join Spain’s Ricky Rubio as rookies next year in Minnesota.
No. 3 Utah Jazz: The Jazz selected Turkish PF/C Enes Kanter with the third pick of the draft. Kanter was suspended by the NCAA his only collegiate season at Kentucky.
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers selected Texas PF Tristan Thompson with the fourth pick of the draft. Bucks scouting director Billy McKinney compared him to “a pit bull who hasn’t been fed in about a year and you’ve got pork chops in your pocket.”
No. 5 Toronto Raptors: The Raptors selected Lithuanian C Jonas Valanciunas with the fifth pick of the draft. Valanciunas led the EuroLeague in rebounds per minute last season and has a 7-6 wingspan.
No. 6 Washington Wizards: The Wizards selected Czech SF/PF Jan Vesely with the sixth pick of the draft. Vesely has drawn comparison’s to Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko and is known as the “European Blake Griffin.”
No. 7 Charlotte Bobcats (via Sacramento Kings): The Bobcats selected C Bismack Biyombo of the Congo with the seventh pick of the draft. Though many are skeptical of his age, there’s no denying his physical capabilities (6-9, 243, 7-7 wingspan, less than 5 percent body fat).
No. 8 Detroit Pistons: The Pistons selected Kentucky PG Brandon Knight with the eight pick of the draft. Knight is one of the better all-around point guards in the draft class.
No. 9 Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats selected Connecticut PG Kemba Walker with the ninth pick of the draft. Walker led UConn to an NCAA championship and an undefeated record in single-elimination tournament games.
No. 10 Sacramento Kings (via Milwaukee Bucks): The Kings selected Brigham Young PG Jimmer Fredette with the 10th pick of the draft. Fredette is the first senior taken and one of the best scorers in NCAA history.
No. 11 Golden State Warriors: The Warriors selected Washington State SG Klay Thompson with the 11th pick of the draft. Thompson becomes the highest-ever WSU pick. His father, Mychal Thompson, was the No. 1 pick in the 1978 draft. Read the rest of this entry »
|Cavs make Kyrie Irving first overall selection||at 7:47 pm ET|
Duke guard Kyrie Irving was taken with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft Thursday night, going to the Cavaliers. A 6-foot-3, 193-pound guard who only played 11 games this past season with Duke, he averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists per game with the Blue Devils.
There can be a lot up in the air when a team has the 25th pick in any draft, but that doesn’t mean a team can’t have a preference for a particular player when selecting at that spot.
Despite rumors that the team is considering trading their 25th pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix tweeted “Boston leaning towards Jeremy Tyler w/ 25th pick, source says.” Mannix had told the Dennis & Callahan show that Tyler was a possibility for the C’s on Wednesday.
For a breakdown of Tyler, who played abroad in Japan last season, click here.
Josh Smith continues to jockey for the position of the MVP of the rumor mill.
The latest report, coming from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, has the Hawks trying to trade the high-flying forward to Minnesota for the second-overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. The Timberwolves were believed to be heavily considering Derrick Williams out of Arizona at that spot, and Wojnarowski didn’t mention the team as being interested in any deal involving Smith.
The Hawks would most likely take center Enes Kanter, who has drawn the eye of Hawks GM Rick Sund, with the second pick if they were able to acquire it.
|Celtics draft day scenarios||at 3:20 pm ET|
In what is considered a weak draft, the Celtics are no illusions that they will be able to find a true difference-maker in the first round.
“When you’re drafting where we’re drafting, I’m not trying to put a negative spin on this, I’m trying to be realistic,” team president Danny Ainge said on Wednesday. “The 25th pick in the draft is probably not going to help us, immediately. But there are some players that we think can fit our roster, fit into the personality of our team and have a work ethic that can make our team better in practice and add depth to our roster.”
Ainge also said that he’s not interested in packaging their future first-rounder from the Clippers obtained in the Kendrick Perkins trade to move up in this draft. (The pick is top-10 protected through 2015. If the Clippers and Timberwolves both have picks in next year’s draft out of the top 10, then the Celtics would get the lower of the two choices.) That would take a player like USC center Nikola Vucecic out of the mix.
That said, Ainge can still go in a number of different direction in the draft. Here are a few of the scenarios:
IF THEY TRADE THE PICK
ESPN’s Chad Ford reported this morning that the Celtics would be looking to add a young veteran in exchange for the pick and they have the Marquis Daniels trade exception — valued at just under $2.4 million — to help the cause. The player should be young, relatively cheap and tall.
SI’s Zach Lowe compiled a helpful list of players who could be available in that scenario. It includes players like Antony Tolliver, Lou Admunson and most intriguingly Sacramento’s Jason Thompson who is easily the best player on the list. The Celtics need two things: size and shooting and if they could begin the process of addressing one of them in the draft that would be a success.
IF THEY KEEP THE PICK: OPTION I — THE COLLEGIAN
There will be a number of experienced college players available at 25 and Ainge has done well in this regard over the years, most notably taking Ryan Gomes and Leon Powe in the second round. (Click on the name for a mini-profile).
Jimmy Butler, Marquette: Butler is getting the most buzz because the Celtics had him in for a workout this week. He’s long and athletic for a wing player, which are two things the Celtics have in mind. They feel that one of their problems in the playoffs against Miami was that the Heat got to way too many loose balls and long rebounds. That’s not effort as much as it’s athletic ability. A player like Butler would help in that regard.
Reggie Jackson, Boston College: One of the biggest mysteries in the draft. Jackson was considered an obvious first rounder with the chance to sneak in the lottery when the process started, but he didn’t participate in the combine and hasn’t worked out for teams. Rumors are everywhere that he has a promise from some team to take him in the first round and if he isn’t picked, the Heat are expected to snatch him up with the first choice in the second round.
Tyler Honeycutt, UCLA: Like Butler, Honeycutt is long and athletic. UCLA players tend to be better pros than collegians and he has an intriguing upside.
Justin Harper, Richmond: Harper is 6-foot-10 with range and the Celtics love big players who can stretch the floor.
Kyle Singler, Duke: Singler is a fairly well-known commodity, but with Jeff Green likely back it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he would get playing time with the Celtics.
Nolan Smith, Duke: Ainge has never really worried about having a true backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo, but Smith is experienced enough to compete for backup minutes as a rookie.
IF THEY KEEP THE PICK: OPTION II — THE PROJECT
Jeremy Tyler: His backstory is well-known. Tyler skipped his senior year of high school to play professionally in Israel. Things didn’t go as planned mainly because of maturity issues, but he had a better year playing in Japan for former NBA coach Bob Hill. Tyler is big and talented, but it’s unrealistic to think he can help the Celtics immediately.
Doc Rivers offered his take on big men projects: “Usually if size is available at the 25th pick, I don’t know if that’s a good sign or a bad sign honestly. Sometimes you can get lucky. Danny, I’ve said it for years, if there’s a guy there at that size who can play he’ll know it.”