Tom Ziller of SB Nation assessed the Boston Celtics a 'B' for their selections in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday night in Newark, New Jersey. Boston walked away with two Purdue Boilermakers, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore.
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 Johnson, who the Nets picked at No. 27 overall. The Celtics completed their draft by taking Moore, with the No. 55 overall pick.
Ziller believes that Johnson will be beneficial for Boston, considering their need for bigs.
The New Jersey Nets wanted Brooks but didn't think he'd last to No. 27 -- two picks after Boston's spot -- so they worked out a little deal that netted the Celtics the guy they wanted in Johnson and a minor future asset. (That the trade also resulted in the ESPN crew talking about how Brooks fits the style and culture of the Celtics for a solid three minutes is just a bonus!) Johnson is a big man, which should help the Celtics, who desperately need more big men. (via SB Nation)