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NBA Draft 2011: JaJuan Johnson, E'twaun Moore Great Picks for Boston Celtics

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NBA Draft 2011: JaJuan Johnson, E'twaun Moore Great Picks for Boston Celtics
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With the lockout here and setting in, a lot of teams around the league are wondering what is going to happen with their rookies. Although the Celtics are asking the same question, they have less to worry about with E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson.

Moore and Johnson, who both were four-year players for Purdue University, are going to be able to make the transition from the college game to the pro game faster, as they will be able to work together.

Drafting two rookies who happened to be teammates in college turned out to be a very smart decision for the Celtics.

See, with the lack of summer leagues this season, the teams will not get to see the players develop, and the players will be forced to work hard to develop into NBA form by the time it's time to play ball again.

Here is where they made a great decision.

Johnson is going to make the squad, and that is basically known. He is 6'10" has a wingspan over seven feet, and can jump out of the gym. He has a pull-up jumper that strikes fear in opponents and will be a great asset to the aging Celtics. Moore, on the other hand, is a question mark.

With his lack of the height and speed that is required to own a roster spot in the NBA, he will need to work hard to achieve his goal.

He is one of the most genuine guys you will come across in the NBA and is a role model on and off the court.

There is no doubt that Moore will do well in the NBA.

This lockout is not going to stop the kid that came from nothing in East Chicago from living the dream life of a professional athlete.

Moore is bound to succeed, and is a winner.

Instead of taking a second-round pick that they would just throw away this season, the Celtics found something more. They found a great scorer, great defender and a great worker.

With this lockout happening, the path just got steeper for Moore, but this is a guy who thrives under pressure, just ask Thad Matta.


James Evens serves as a National Featured Columnist for college football and basketball, as well as the FC for the Purdue Boilermakers. Follow him on Twitter or like him on Facebook.

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