The Boston Celtics' 2011 NBA Draft probably won't win them a title this year. Former Purdue stars JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore probably won't even touch their college averages at any point during their NBA careers. The picks are safe, if uninspiring.
But it would be a mistake to call the Celtics' draft a failure. Drafting Johnson all but ensures that Glen Davis won't return next season, and drafting teammates will (theoretically) only help team chemistry (remember Ubuntu?).
Moore adds a shooting presence out of the backcourt and, by all accounts, is a solid player and a solid dude.
Now, the Celtics only need to draft Robbie Hummel next year to complete "The Glenn 'Big Dog' Robinson All-Star" trio.
Boston also adds a future second-rounder from the New Jersey Nets. Given the Nets' trajectory, it's not unrealistic to think that this pick will be in the 31-35 range.
The Celtics didn't get any stars, but they weren't expected to, either. Boston is a veteran team on its way out, so it's more important for them to get glue guys than stars right now.
We all know who the draft's real winners are. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves picked the only two "sure things" of the class.
But several teams, especially the smart contenders, landed late first-rounders and solid second-rounders who should help out more than people think right away.