|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.
|NBA Draft’s potential Celtics: Purdue F JaJuan Johnson||06.22.11 at 11:12 am ET|
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
Weight: 220 pounds
Stats: 20.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.3 bpg
What he brings: One of the better athletes in this year’s draft class, Johnson is an impressive leaper who excels in the open court. He is an above-the-rim player and scores a lot of his points on dunks.
Already tall for 6-10, Johnson brings a 7-2 wingspan and excellent shot-blocking ability. He also appears to have put on 5-10 pounds of muscle since finishing his senior year. Johnson has an adequate jumper and can knock down open shots. He will have to put in extra work to extend his range to the NBA 3-point line.
He needs to improve on his post game. Though he has developed a right-handed hook, Johnson is much more threatening with the ball driving towards the rim than in the low post.
Where the Celtics could get him: First round
What they’re saying: “He’s come a long way. He started out as just a skinny kid that could jump. Now he can score. He can rebound. He can block shots. He’s improved every part of his game.” — Illinois center Mike Tisdale
Notes: Johnson was a 2011 consensus first team All-American, the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He also won the Pete Newell Big Man Award.