NBA Draft 2011: Boston Celtics' 2nd Pick Could Offer Moore

Jeremy GottliebContributor IJune 28, 2011

E'Twaun Moore can score, something the Celtics desperately need.
E'Twaun Moore can score, something the Celtics desperately need.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

It seems a bit odd to fathom, but in the case of the Boston Celtics, the 55th pick in the 2011 NBA draft may make more sense than the 27th.

E'Twaun Moore, a shooting guard who started alongside the C's first-round pick JaJuan Johnson at Purdue, averaged 18 points per game and shot 40 percent from three-point range in his senior season with the Boilermakers.

He's a scorer who can fill it up from the perimeter and do it coming off the bench, something the Celtics desperately need given the likely departure of their previous reserve scoring ace, Glen Davis. Also, he is someone who can be groomed to potentially replace Ray Allen, at least partly, once the future Hall of Famer rides off into the sunset following the upcoming season.

Of course, being drafted No. 55 guarantees nothing except for a likely raft of DNP-CDs and that's presuming Moore even makes the team out of training camp. (Remember the last guy the C's took when they chose at No. 55? Kris Clack. You're forgiven.)

With the bench production such a question mark going forward and the probable need to keep Allen's minutes down so as to make sure he's fresher come playoff time, Moore, with his skill set, seems a safe bet to not only crack the Celts rotation but see some fairly significant time.

Moore, when introduced to the New England media on Monday, proudly held up jersey No. 55 for photos, not only because he said he admired former Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat point guard Jason Williams, but because he felt it would serve as motivation, a reminder that he fell as far as he did in last Thursday's draft.

His college teammate and longtime friend Johnson may have more upside and may have higher expectations on his shoulders. But Moore could well have the greater impact even sooner.