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Boston goes for JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore in draft picks

by Derrick Johnson on June 27, 2011

The Boston Celtics failed to reach the NBA Championships this year but have chosen two Purdue alums in the 2011 NBA Draft, in the hopes of rejuvenating an aging Boston team.

JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore were acquired by the Celtics, who traded away Marshon Brooks, a decision that Bleacher Report says may be based on Johnson's size advantage.

"While Brooks is talented, if the Big Three is to make another run at a title, size is necessary immediately and even if Brooks projects better down the road, Johnson helps more this season," writes Collin Berglund, a Celtics-featured columnist for the news source.

JaJuan Johnson, who is 6-foot-10 and 221 pounds, will likely have to bulk up even more, according to the Boston Metro, but the Purdue senior brings to the Celtics a record that includes 20.5 points per game.

"He has real skills," a Celtics team scout told SB Nation. "…He knows how to get the ball in good position, and he can turn over both shoulders. And he runs like a deer. We tested him, and he's an unbelievable athlete. He has a 39-inch vertical leap and he was beating guards up and down the floor. [Rajon] Rondo and Delonte West are going to love playing with this kid."

Rondo is 25-years-old and West is 27. They are relatively young compared to the Big Three on the Celtics – Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who are all nearing their mid-30s.

Boston lost out to the Miami Heat, who went on to lose to the Dallas Mavericks.

E'Twaun Moore, who is 6-foot-4, was acquired by Boston as well. Moore scored an average of 18 points per game with Purdue. 

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