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The Celtics acquired forward/center JaJuan Johnson (the 27th pick) along with a 2014 second round pick from the New Jersey Nets for Marshon Brooks, the No. 25 pick out of Providence. In the second round, the C’s grabbed another Boilmaker, selecting 6-foot-4 guard E’Twaun Moore.
Experts suspected Danny Ainge was interested in acquiring Boston College guard Reggie Jackson with the 25th pick, but the Thunder thwarted his plans, taking Jackson a pick earlier. Ainge then opted to trade out of the spot and pick up a future second rounder in the process.
The 6-foot-10 Johnson gives the C’s some desperately needed size up front. In his senior season at Purdue, Johnson 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds to go with 2.3 blocks per game.
Johnson is long, has a 7-foot-2 wingspan, and brings the Celtics some much needed athleticism. NBADraft.net says Johnson is a frequent target for alley-oops and lob passes, which is a nice asset considering Rajon Rondo as among the best point guards in the game at making those tough passes.
In his freshman season, Johnson only shot 64% from the free throw line, but he improved to 80% in his senior season. He showed a capability of hitting the three point shot (29%), and also has a nice sky hook.
Johnson is very tall, but also not-so-bulky. He’s listed at just 221 pounds, and a good 10-15 more pounds of muscle and bulk would do him better, though NBADraft.net worries that Johnson doesn’t have the frame to support much more weight.
Because of his lack of bulk, he isn’t a traditional NBA power forward, and may have trouble in the post whether the ball is in his hands or not. Because of his lack of a consistent perimeter game (though that can develop), he isn’t really an NBA small forward either.
Moore, Johnson’s college teammate at Purdue, averaged 18 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in his senior season. He has an nice jump shot, which is his bread and butter. If he’s ice cold though, he doesn’t have much in the way of athleticism or explosiveness to make up for it.