Thursday, June 23, 2011

Welcome the newest Boston Celtic: Marshon Bro...err, JaJuan Johnson

JaJuan Johnson, Marshon Brooks, NBA Draft, Boston Celtics, Celtics News, State of the Celtics

After about two and a half hours of waiting, the Boston Celtics were finally able to make their selection and they picked up Marshon Brooks from Providence.

About 30 seconds later, the Celtics were right back where they started. Boston traded Brooks to New Jersey for the 27th pick. There they took JaJuan Johnson from Purdue.

Johnson gives the Celtics the big man that they desperately needed. He's a 6-10 power forward that can rebound, has good range and knows how to put the ball in the hoop. He's long, can block shots and was actually the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year this past season. Johnson is also super athletic and has the ability to jump out of the gym (note to Rajon Rondo).

The biggest knock on Johnson is that he only has 220 pounds on that frame of his. He's a twig in every sense of the word and the defensive ability he displayed in college could take a hit due to his lack of muscle.

In the end, it's hard not to notice what Johnson did in four years at Purdue playing in a conference that is known for its physical play and tough defense. He is almost guaranteed to get immediate playing time since his current competition for reserve minutes is absolutely nobody. With Glen Davis looking more and more like a former Celtic, Kevin Garnett still getting old and Jermaine O'Neal being an injury waiting to happen, Johnson should have plenty of time to prove himself to the team and fans alike. He's a four-year player that Danny Ainge seems to drool over and he fills a glaring need.

At No. 27, there isn't a lot to complain about.

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