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The Celtics Select JaJuan Johnson With 27th Pick

 

In perhaps the first move of the night that wasn’t announced first on Twitter, Andy Katz of ESPN reported the New Jersey Nets selected JaJuan Johnson with their 27th pick for the Boston Celtics, after the C’s dealt their own 25th pick (Marshon Brooks) for Johnson and Nets 2014 2nd Round selection. Ironically, Johnson was the very selection we at CelticsHub made in the TrueHoop Network Mock Draft earlier this week.

A few quick thoughts on the pick before we get to his Johnson’s scouting reports.

*Height: 6-10 Weight: 220 lbs
* Played 4 years at Purdue
* Age 22

* Twitter Account: Boilerballer25

On the surface, this appears to be the classic Ainge power forward pick. A guy, a la Glen Davis, Leon Powe, Luke Harangody, etc. who produced at a very high level at Purdue, but for a variety of reasons didn’t have the stock to be a lottery pick. Johnson can do a variety of things well including score, rebound, block shots, run the floor, you name it. He also provides Boston with a bit of security blanket at the power forward spot in case Glen Davis decides to skip town, which appears to be a more probable scenario with each word he says.

We should certainly temper expectations for the guy, but this is the mold of a late round pick that can help right away. He’s experienced, by all accounts he’s a hard worker, and he will at least push for minutes at the 3-4 spots with Jeff Green, Davis and company. Safe, strong pick for Ainge and company.

I am also live at Celtics draft headquarters here in Boston, and we will be getting full reaction from Ainge, Doc Rivers and JaJuan Johnson later this evening so stay tuned in here to CelticsHub all night.

The full scouting report from Chad Ford:

* Long, athletic big man
* Good shot-blocker
* Explosive leaper
* Quick, runs the floor well
* Nice mid range jumper

Negatives

* Needs to add strength to his frame
* Still developing a low post game
* Basketball IQ seems to be an issue

  • Ryan DeGama

    Are we required to refer to him as Triple-J? Feels like a natural.

  • Batman

    I think he can contribute
    Good shooter
    Athlete
    We don't need any more stiff bigs

  • TedL

    If he can absorb any court time at all, it's a win. We're picking 27 – gotta keep your expectations reasonable.

  • GREENMAN

    Think Leon Powe + 2 inches

  • Robert

    J squared.

    • I_Love_Green

      J cubed.

      • zwi

        trey jay

        • Alex

          Just imagine him hitting a 3 pointer–J cubed cubed!

  • I_Love_Green

    Just add muscle. thats all I ask.

    • dalandan1

      I agree man. Brooks (your boy) will be a good player and he'll have a chance to crack the rotation in Jersey so don't worry. JaJuan Johnson is a solid pick for us.

      If there's a lockout, I don't see why this boy can't improve his rebounding and body in 5-6 months with professional trainers. Who knows, he may enter the league at 240 with the right diet and exercise!

      Pass some of the protein shake this way. (Remember, KG was a scrawny HS kid at one point too. That never stopped him from being a star)

      • I_Love_Green

        Yeah maybe KG can hook him up with some trainers he worked with. I love the kid's potential on defense, but I'm not totally sold on his ability to score at this point. Although with more muscle, his low post game will definitely improve.

        And we're going to get David Lighty so I'm not concerned about Brooks anymore!

        • dalandan1

          Love the idea of KG hooking him up. If the kid is willing to learn (I haven't heard anything bad about his mindset), then KG can possibly help him on defense.

          I don't mind if all this guy does is catch the ball and dunk it. He can hit the midrange jumper too. I also hope we don't look to him for scoring. Just as the 5th option, if he can shoot anywhere near 55% then we're good to go. I'm a fan of this pick, obviously.

  • Ryan

    This is a fine trade considering the Celtics’ needs…but Brooks is going to be a surprising star in the league. Granted, we don’t need any more guards, but trading athleticism and scoring possibility just for size has bitten the C’s in the ass.

    • I_Love_Green

      Well considering he's a shooting guard, and Ray Allen is getting older, it would've nice to keep him.

    • dalandan1

      This guy isn't just size. He seems to have the skill set we need. Check out the scouting report of this guy from the Chicago combine. His strength is quite good despite his weight.

      I still think bringing back Von Wafer with some more defense is a better option in the short term (which is paramount right now with the window of the Big3 closing).

  • I_Love_Green

    Say it with me everyone…DAVID LIGHTY!

  • I_Love_Green

    The Boilermakers are reunited in Boston! We draft E'Twaun Moore. Good pick.

  • -JP

    the part that worries me is the lack of basketball IQ. He played at Purdue for 4 years and has low IQ? That doesn't bode well. If that issue can be helped with time with our coaching staff and whatnot, it is a good pick

    • dalandan1

      I wouldn't worry too much. He's a rookie. He WILL make mistakes. But he has arguably the best coach in the NBA right now and a locker room of veterans. He seems like a good kid and I hope he develops into an asset now and in the long-term.

    • jeff

      you should worry 4 years means he`s seasoned if after 4 years in college your still putting his BB IQ on the same level with guys who where 1 and done not good

    • dmj291

      i watched him for 4 years at purdue. He has improved greatly between each season. ive seen him in EVERY college game hes played in….. not sure where the low iq thing comes from.

  • Guest

    I'm not sure what the basketball IQ crap is all about. The guy was the offensive and defensive player of the year on a top 3 team in a power conference. He averaged 20 & 8 and led the league in blocked shots. He had one of the lowest turnover ratios of any post player in the draft. He was one of the top ten fastest players at the sprint in the combine, with everyone else in the top ten being guards. He had one of the highest vertical leaps at the draft. He had like the third highest number of bench presses in the draft. He never missed so much as a practice in 4 years at Purdue and never had even a hint of a locker room or off-the-court problem. He graduated in 4 years.

  • I_Love_Green

    J-Cubed= Anti Glen Davis.

    • Alex

      YES! I will finally get to burn my BBD jersey.

  • jeff

    one things for sure this means BBD is done in beantown anyone can hit wide open jumpers BBD besides you (well and rondo) got sick of that guys head getting bigger when no team was guarding him now go ruin some one else team this will not be a TA situation BBD sucks bout time we have moved on

  • jeff

    jujuan rookie of the year we all know he`s going to be open enough

  • Jason

    I'm fairly satisfied with this pick. For the life of me, I could never understand why a big guy with length and athleticism who can score inside and out and played in a major conference was only considered a fringe first rounder. Doc is right, even as a senior, he still has some upside because with more physical development he could really be something. On the flipside, it's worrisome that he's a senior and still so thin. Maybe he just can't add weight. Furthermore, while he's as skinny as Garnett is, he doesn't play as tough as Garnett does on defense. He doesn't like to bump and most disconcerting to me, it led in my opinion to him turtling his athleticism. The 2.3 blocks per game last season and the consistent block numbers throughout are nice but too many times I thought he played tentative. I was shocked that he jumped 38.5 inches, which is incredible for someone his size, because he didn't play with the kind of abandon that would let such athleticism come out.

    I sound like I'm being too negative. I like his height, mobility and skillset. Hopefully he'll be able to add strength and battle more.

    • dmj291

      I agree…. and i think you would be hard pressed to find many in the league who play defense the way garnett does….. let alone a rookie. Also at purdue, when hummel went down JJ was our only feasible big man…. this past year we had 2 other bigs which were both freshman and not at all ready for college ball. He HAD to play "tentatively" on D out of our roster limitations, which i presume won't be there in boston.

  • LACelticFan

    I was so right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Celtic nation is gonna love this big man. Trust me. I had really hoped they would select Johnson, and we did. Now BBD can leave, period. This guy will soak up all that KG has to offer. And Moore his college buddy should make the squad too, and help with the athleticism off the bench. Now we will see what FA Center wants to come for a legit shot at a ring. But Doc has to play both of these young guys, perhaps even together as they do know each other. The second unit could be really tight.

  • Duane

    Jason, you need to realize that JJ was the only real post player starting on Purdue's roster. For power forward, Purdue played 6'4" DJ Byrd. JJ couldn't bang down low because coach Painter couldn't afford to have him get into foul trouble. JJ is a smart player and did what the coach needed him to do.

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