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NBA Draft 2011: Purdue Boys Going to the Boston Celtics Is a Recipe for Success

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18:  JaJuan Johnson #25 and E'Twaun Moore #33 of the Purdue Boilermakers congratule eachother on their win over the St. Peter's Peacocks during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Purdue won 65-43 in regulation.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Patrick BusconeSenior Analyst IJune 24, 2011

The Boston Celtics made the most of their two picks in the 2011 NBA Draft, cashing in on two Purdue Boilermaker teammates, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore.

Drafting two college teammates was a great idea by the Celtics organization. This way, the two rookies will already have chemistry with each other coming into training camp. Also, they will each have a friend on the team already, which will make it easier being a rookie in a new league.

Additionally, both players will have a great opportunity with the Celtics organization. Despite Doc Rivers' reputation for not playing rookies, things could be different come next year.

With the Celtics' apparent need to get younger and more athletic, drafting the duo of explosive 22-year-olds helped address that issue. On top of that, the Celtics also addressed their next biggest need by drafting JaJuan Johnson and getting bigger.

But these draft picks sitting on the end of the bench will not help alleviate the weaknesses that the Celtics sought to help by drafting them. Thus, these two rookies will likely see more time than former rookies that have played in Doc Rivers' system.

Not only that, but Johnson and Moore will also have the opportunity to play alongside future Hall of Famers in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. This opportunity will likely benefit Johnson the most, because he will be able to learn from Kevin Garnett, whom I feel his game resembles most.

Johnson, like Garnett, is tall, skinny and explosive, with a very good mid-range jump shot and good post moves, including the ever-effective fade away jump shot. They also have very similar range.

Granted, Johnson is not as good as Garnett was at this point (at age 22, Garnett was entering his fourth season in the NBA and already an All-Star). But, with the guidance of a similar player that has reached greatness, Johnson could potentially develop into an equally formidable force in the NBA and reach All-Star status. 

The seemingly modest picks of the former Boilermakers seem to have a recipe of success around them. Whether it be the comfort that these players will have playing with each other and joining a new team together, the chance to play and contribute at the next level or the opportunity to learn from veterans and future Hall Of Famers, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore seem to have been given everything they need for success in the NBA and with the Boston Celtics.

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