With the 2011 NBA Draft come and gone, the draft grades are beginning to pour in. Chad Ford of ESPN gave the Boston Celtics an 'A-' for their haul in the draft.
Boston originally drafted Marshon Brooks of Providence with the No. 25 overall pick, but traded him to the New Jersey Nets in exchange to the rights for Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, who the Nets picked at No. 27 overall. The Celtics completed their draft by taking Johnson's teammate at Purdue, E'Twaun Moore, with the No. 55 overall pick.
Ford issued the Celtics such a high grade because, picking where they were, they came away with some players that could benefit them down the road.
When you're drafting as low as the Celtics are in a weak draft, you temper expectations. But I think they may have found two players who can help.
Johnson was underrated all season, mostly because he was a senior. He's long, athletic and skilled, and he's improved every year.
Moore is the consummate role player. He isn't great at anything, but his overall game is solid. Both players could help the Celtics down the road. (via ESPN)