NBA Mock Draft 2011: Full 1st-Round Mock, JaJuan Johnson to 76ers at No. 16
2011 NBA Mock Draft Brings Defensive Specialist To Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers are loaded with talent on the perimeter, but they need help down low. In an effort to find a viable starting center to replace Spencer Hawes, Philly turns to Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson.
Johnson is a defensive player first and foremost. He blocked better than two shots per game as a senior, and his length (at 6’10”) and instincts will serve him well in the transition to the NBA.
While Johnson was a productive rebounder at the college level, he may be too light at 221 lbs to perform at the same level in the pros. His offensive game is never likely to be more than an afterthought, though he’ll likely get his share of hustle points on the offensive glass.
Johnson will be undersized for a full-time center in the NBA, but his high motor and polished defensive skills will help compensate. He should give the Sixers a defensive presence in the middle that they’ve been missing for several years.
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