Thursday, June 23, 2011
After swap with N.J., C's land Johnson
By Chris Forsberg
Greg Bartram/US PresswirePurdue's JaJuan Johnson is the Celtics' first-round selection.
BOSTON -- The Boston Celtics worked a draft-day trade, netting a future second-round pick from New Jersey before landing Purdue power forward JaJuan Johnson with the Nets' No. 27 pick overall.
Boston drafted Providence's MarShon Brooks with its original No. 25 pick, but already had a deal in place with New Jersey. The Celtics, evidently not overwhelmed by what was available at that spot, gained a future pick (a 2014 second-round pick) in addition to a big man they coveted.
The Celtics worked out Johnson before the draft and must have liked what they saw from the 6-foot-10 power forward who averaged 20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game as a senior. Johnson is pegged as a long, athletic big man with explosive leaping ability. He runs the floor well and adds a solid mid-range jumper.
What's your take, armchair general managers? Happy with the pick? The Celtics certainly needed size and helped that area with the pick, but passed on not only a volume scorer in Brooks, but Texas' Jordan Hamilton, who had slid down the board.