Jajaun Johnson has been associated with the Celtics before he was drafted. Rumor had it that the Celtics were eying the Purdue player for a while. As the 2011 draft rolled around, the Celtics did end up acquiring Johnson via a trade with the Nets.
E'Twaun Moore, Johnson's teammate, was also picked by the Celtics in the second round. Both were not high picks, Johnson being late in the first round and Moore being a late second-round pick. However, no matter if you are the first pick of the draft or the last, if you want to prove yourself in the NBA, there is only one way to do it: on the court.
Johnson has a high basketball IQ, and he could very well be a decent NBA player. His one drawback, as constantly noted, is his lacking frame. If he had a larger build, he could have been drafted much higher. How will that affect him on the NBA level? We will have to wait until he plays to find out.
Meanwhile, we have E'Twaun Moore who, at 6'4", may be a tad undersized for a shooting guard. But what he lacks in size he makes up for in his shooting ability and determination. He shoots 38 percent from three, 44 percent from the field and has played over 4,000 minutes during his college years.
He is currently part of an Italian team due to the lockout, but is allowed to return as soon as the lockout ends. This should allow him to get some experience playing while the lockout takes place.
So, what can you expect from this Purdue duo when the lockout ends? To be honest, not much at first. Don't expect them to do anything more than just show flashes of what they could be. I think that they will fit in with the Celtics quickly, and that the Celtic veterans, while not trusting, will be more then happy to help them learn. Especially Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, who have the same positions.
What will Johson do in his rookie season? I think he's going to do what Semih Erden did during his time with the Celtics. Erden averaged four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes, on nearly 60 percent shooting. Johnson will provide similar numbers in his rookie season with the Celtics—a limited role, but an efficient one.
What about Moore? What will he average? Although there may not be an easy answer, I'm going out on a limb and say that he'll average around what Von Wafer did. In a little less than 10 minutes, he'll average about four points and two rebounds on a decent field goal percentage.
Will these guys have flashes of what they can be? Yes. Just like Evan Turner (not comparing them) scoring 20 points on given nights behind, both E'Twaun Moore and Jajaun Johnson will have at least one occasion when they score 15 points, and in Johnson's case, pull down over 10 rebounds. In due time, Johnson will have the ability to become a solid backup or a starter. Meanwhile, Moore may not be good enough to start, but he'll end up a good rotation player.
How do I know this? I don't. These are just predictions. I have not seen either of them play during their college years. I've been watching video clips of their game, that's all I have to go off. What do you think these rookies can accomplish? Leave a comment on what you think.