NBA Draft 2011: Is JaJuan Johnson A Replacement For Kendrick Perkins?

The 2011 NBA Draft took place Wednesday night in Newark, NJ, and the Boston Celtics acquired Purdue's JaJuan Johnson in the first round and E'Twaun Moore in the second. BC's Reggie Jackson was drafted by the Thunder.

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Teammates Reunited: The Story Of JaJuan Johnson And E'Twaun Moore

JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore aren't that different from many other college basketball players, but they've been given the opportunity to continue their careers at the next level together after playing with each other for four years at Purdue.

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NBA Draft 2011: Is JaJuan Johnson A Replacement For Kendrick Perkins?

When the Boston Celtics acquired JaJuan Johnson in a draft-day deal in the first round, there wasn't any rejoicing in the streets of Boston. Many didn't think that Johnson would really help the C's immediately in their quest for Banner 18.

However, according to one team scout, Johnson could be exactly what the Celtics need, and is similar to a former C's big man that helped them win a championship.

"The Celtics did a great job," the scout said. "This guy should have gone before. Danny did a really good job when he identified this kid. He can play. People up there might think I'm crazy, but JaJuan Johnson is a great replacement for Kendrick Perkins." (via Boston Herald)

Johnson, a forward/center from Purdue, averaged 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds last season for the Boilermakers. In addition, Johnson averaged 2.3 blocks per game and shot 49.4 percent from the field last year.

"He has real skills," he said. "You're going to love his mid-post game. He knows how to get the ball in good position, and he can turn over both shoulders. And he runs like a deer. We tested him, and he's an unbelievable athlete. He has a 39-inch vertical leap and he was beating guards up and down the floor. (Rajon) Rondo and Delonte West are going to love playing with this kid."

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NBA Draft 2011: Could JaJuan Johnson Be The Future Face Of Celtics?

Move over, Rajon Rondo, because JaJuan Johnson is the new face of the Boston Celtics. Ok, not really, but he could be in time, according to Taurus Londono of Yahoo! Sports, who believes that Johnson is a complete player.

Johnson is essentially the complete package on the court, averaging 20.5 points per game, and had 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last season. In addition to that raw talent, Johnson's experience playing in the NCAA Tournament in every season of his college career should prove invaluable when it comes to transitioning to the NBA. (via Yahoo! Sports)

Personally, Johnson reminds me a bit of Al Jefferson (note, a bit). At 221 pounds, Johnson is significantly smaller than Jefferson, who is 280 pounds. However, Johnson is an agile big man who can score and is a solid rebounder.

Will Johnson be able to have as successful a career as Jefferson? Most likely not, but only time will tell. At the very least, Johnson certainly has all of the tools.

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2011 NBA Draft: OKC Thunder Excited To Have BC's Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson, you fooled us all. Jackson, a guard from Boston College, was drafted with the No. 24 overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday, but had been , mysteriously quiet throughout the process.

Jackson didn't provide any medical records and cancalled all of his workouts, creating a buzz around him. Some experts speculate that the Thunder had promised to draft Jackson, but that's not what he told reporters.

"I had been playing with a lingering knee injury and it finally got to the point where it was too painful," Jackson told The Boston Globe. "I had to get it checked out and I had to have an operation. I was hoping to be back early enough to do workouts. Unfortunately, I wasn't." (via The Oklahoman)

No harm, no foul according to Thunder GM Sam Presti, who is happy to have Jackson.

"He's a guy who can play multiple positions, the 1 and the 2," Brooks said. "He's tough. Defensively, he could be very good. ... He's a talented kid. We're exciting what he can bring to our team. He's a rebounding guard and we like that."

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Kris Jospeh To Boston Celtics At No. 25 Overall

The 2011 NBA Draft may have only ended less than 24 hours ago, but there are already predictions out for the 2012 NBA Draft. In a 2012 NBA Mock Draft from The Sports Bank, Kris Joseph of Syracuse is projected to the Boston Celtics with the No. 25 overall pick next year.

25. Boston- Kris Joseph, SF, Syracuse, 6-7, Jr.

An athletic wing player, Kris Joseph needs to become a better outside shooter and more assertive during his senior season to secure a first round spot.

Joseph, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, averaged 14.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals last season with Syracuse. In addition, Joseph averaged 2.2 assists and 0.6 blocks while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor for the Orange.

Anthony Davis, a forward from Kentucky, is projected to be the top pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. UNC's Harrison Barnes is projected to the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 2 and Austin Rivers, the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is projected to be the No. 3 overall pick by the Toronto Raptors.

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NBA Draft Grades: Boston Celtics Receive 'B' From CBS Sports

The 2011 NBA Draft report cards have been pouring in all day, and for the most part, the Boston Celtics have fared very well. Danny Ainge and the Celtics were assessed a 'B' for their picks, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore.

Johnson was acquired in a draft day trade with the New Jersey Net. Johnson was picked No. 27 overall, then traded along with a 2014 second round pick to the Celtics in exchange for Marshon Brooks, who Boston drafted at No. 25. 

Boston Celtics: JaJuan JohnsonE'Twaun Moore. Grade: B. Celtics needed a big, they got a big. They needed a guard. They got one. And they wound up taking guys with polish, both from Purdue, who were both underrated and are capable of being competent role players down the line. Yup, sounds like the Celtics of the last few years. (via CBS Sports)

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NBA Draft 2011: JaJuan Johnson: 'It's An Honor' To Play With Big Three

JaJuan Johnson spoke for the first time as a member of the Boston Celtics, talking to the media about his thoughts on the Boston Celtics, who acquired him in a draft-day trade with the New Jersey Nets.

Johnson, a forward/center from Purdue, was drafted No. 27 overall by the Nets on Thursday night, but was traded to the Celtics along with a 2014 second round pick in exchange for Marshon Brooks, who Boston drafted at No. 25 overall.

For the first time, Johnson spoke about what it will be like playing for the Celtics, especially with the famed Big Three.

"It's an honor just to be able to learn from those guys. I'm just going to be a sponge. I'm going to take in all I can and really learn from those guys." (via CSNNE.com)

What can Johnson bring to the Celtics? He says that he's an agile big who can move around with an improving shot.

"I'm long, athletic, I love to run, I can jump. And my ability to shoot has improved every year that I've been in school."

Johnson, who dreamed about playing with Kevin Garnett, doesn't know much about Boston, and is unfortunately a Colts fan. However, once Johnson hits the court, he'll be a part of the Boston sports community.

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NBA Draft 2011: Reggie Jackson 'Ecstatic' About Playing With Thunder

Reggie Jackson had a lifelong dream fulfilled on Thursday night when NBA commisioner David Stern spoke one sentence: "With the 24th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Reggie Jackson."

"Well obviously I'm ecstatic, I've been drafted in the first round by a great organization and I feel truly blessed," Jackson said. "I'm pretty excited about going to a team that can win a championship for many years. (via Boston Herald)

Jackson, who as a junior last season averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds at Boston College, enjoyed his time in Chestnut Hill, but knew that it was time to take his game to the next leve.

"I loved BC, I loved my experience there but I felt that this was the best time to pursue my NBA dream."

Not only does Jackson get the chance to play with one of the NBA's rising superstars, Kevin Durant, but also one of the league's top offensive point guards in Russell Westbrook.

"I have watched him and he is somebody I can help on the attack and take some pressure off him," Jackson said. "I have to work hard on my shot and I need to improve my defensive approach. I'm focused on helping out on defense and fine-tuning my shot into their offense."

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NBA Draft 2011: Boston Celtics 'Very Fortunate' With Draft Picks

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics had three players in mind entering the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday night, two of which were Purdue's JaJuan Johnson and BC's Reggie Jackson.

Jackson was drafted one pick before Boston by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had reportedly given Jackson a promise early in the draft process that resulted in the guard withdrawing from his scheduled workouts.

That left Johnson, who the Celtics ultimately acquired in the first round in a trade with the New Jersey Nets. Johnson, who was drafted with the No. 27 overall pick, was sent to the Celtics in exchange for Marshon Brooks, who Boston drafted with the No. 25 overall pick.

Boston then drafted Johnson's teammate at Purdue, E'Twaun Moore, with the No. 55 overall pick.

"We're very fortunate," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said. "We got two really good, productive college players. Mature kids, great character and attitude. We got some shooting. We got some length, and they'll be a good fit for us." (via WEEI)

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NBA Draft Grades: Tom Ziller Gives Boston Celtics 'B' For Draft Class

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)

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NBA Draft Grades: Boston Celtics Receive 'A-' From ESPN's Chad Ford

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)

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Celtics Draft Picks 2011: Boston Gets JaJuan Johnson, E'Twaun Moore

The 2011 NBA Draft is in the books, and the Boston Celtics came away wit a pair of Purdue Boilermakers, JaJuah Johnson and E'Twaun Moore.

Johnson, a forward/center from Purdue, averaged 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds last season for the Boilermakers. In addition, Johnson averaged 2.3 blocks per game and shot 49.4 percent from the field last year.

Boston originally drafted Marshon Brooks, the nation's second-leading scorer last season, at No. 25 overall, but they immediately traded him to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for the rights to Johnson, who the Nets drafted at No. 27 overall, and a second round pick in 2014.

Moore, who averaged 18 points and 3.2 assists last season with the Boilermakers, was the second player from Purdue acquired in the draft by the Celtics. Moore's best game last season came against Ohio State when he scored a season-high 38 points, making seven three-pointers in the process. Moore scored over 30 points in three games last year and totaled more than 20 on 11 occasions.

Here are the final results from Thursday night's draft.

2011 NBA Draft - Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

First Round

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving (PG - Duke)
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams (PF/SF - Arizona)
  3. Utah Jazz - Enes Kanter (C - Turkey)
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Tristan Thompston (SF - Texas)
  5. Toronto Raptors - Jonas Valanciunas (PF - Lithuania)
  6. Washington Wizards - Jan Vesley (PF - Czech Republic)
  7. Charlotte Bobcats - Bismack Biyombo (PF - Congo)
  8. Detroit Pistons - Brandon Knight (PG - Kentucky)
  9. Charlotte Bobcats - Kemba Walker (PG - Connecticut)
  10. Sacramento Kings - Jimmer Fredette (SG - Brigham Young)
  11. Golden State Warriors - Klay Thompson (SG - Washington State)
  12. Utah Jazz - Alec Burks (SG - Colorado)
  13. Phoenix Suns - Markieff Morris (PF - Kansas)
  14. Houston Rockets - Marcus Morris (PF - Kansas)
  15. San Antonio Spurs - Kawhi Leonard (SF - San Diego State)
  16. Philadelphia 76ers - Nikola Vusevic (PF - UFC)
  17. New York Knicks - Iman Shumpert (PG - Georgia Tech)
  18. Washington Wizards - Chris Singleton (SF - Florida State)
  19. Milwaukee Bucks - Tobias Harris (SF - Tennessee)
  20. Houston Rockets - Donatas Motiejunas (C - Lithiuania)
  21. Portland Trail Blazers - Nolan Smith (PG - Duke)
  22. Denver Nuggets - Kenneth Faried (PF - Morehead State)
  23. Chicago Bulls - Nikola Mirotic (PF - Serbia)
  24. Oklahoma City Thunder - Reggie Jackson (PG/SG - Boston College)
  25. New Jersey Nets - Marshon Brooks (SG - Providence)
  26. Dallas Mavericks - Jordan Hamilston (SF - Texas)
  27. Boston Celtics - JaJuan Johnson (PF - Purdue)
  28. Miami Heat - Norris Cole (PG - Cleveland State)
  29. San Antonio Spurs - Cory Joseph (PG - Texas)
  30. Chicago Bulls - Jimmy Butler (SF - Marquette)
Second Round

  1. Miami Heat - Bojan Bogdanovic
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers - Justin Harper
  3. Detroit Pistons - Kyle Singler
  4. Washington Wizards - Shelvin Mack
  5. Sacramento Kings - Tyler Honeycutt
  6. New Jersey Nets - Jordan Williams
  7. Los Angeles Clippers - Try Thompkins
  8. Houston Rockets - Chandler Parsons
  9. Charlotte Bobcats - Jeremy Tyler
  10. Milwaukee Bucks - Jon Leuer
  11. Los Angeles Lakers - Darius Morris
  12. Indiana Pacers - Davis Bertrans
  13. Chicago Bulls - Malcolm Lee
  14. Golden State Warriors - Charles Jenkins
  15. New Orleans Hornets - Josh Harrellson
  16. Los Angeles Lakers - Andrew Goudeloc
  17. Los Angeles Clippers - Travis Leslie
  18. Atlanta Hawks - Keith Benson
  19. Memphis Grizzlies - Josh Selby
  20. Philadelphia 76ers - Lavoy Allen
  21. Portland Trail Blazers - Jon Diebler
  22. Detroit Pistons - Vernon Macklin
  23. Orlando Magic - DeAndre Liggins
  24. Cleveland Cavaliers - Milan Macvan
  25. Boston Celtics - E'Twaun Moore
  26. Los Angeles Lakers - C. Maduabum
  27. Dallas Mavericks - Targuy Ngombo
  28. Los Angeles Lakers - Ater Majok
  29. San Antonio Spurs - Adam Hanga
  30. Sacramento Kings - Isaiah Thomas

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2011 NBA Draft Results: E'Twaun Moore To Celtics At No. 55 Overall

E'Twaun Moore, a guard from Purdue, was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the No. 55 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Moore, who averaged 18 points and 3.2 assists last season with the Boilermakers, was the second player from Purdue acquired in the draft by the Celtics, who also received JaJuan Johnson in a trade with the New Jersey Nets.

Boston sent Marshon Brooks, who it drafted with the No. 25 overall pick, to the Nets in exchange for Johnson - who the Nets drafted at No. 27 overall - and a 2014 second round pick.

Moore's best game last season came against Ohio State when he scored a season-high 38 points, making seven three-pointers in the process. Moore scored over 30 points in three games last year and totaled more than 20 on 11 occasions.

Here's some highlights of both Moore and Johnson.

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2011 NBA Draft Results: Reggie Jackson To Thunder, JaJuan Johnson To Celtics In First Round

The first round of the 2011 NBA Draft is in the books, with Reggie Jackson being selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder and JaJuan Johnson being traded to the Boston Celtics.

Jackson, a guard from Boston College, was selected with the No. 24 overall pick by Oklahoma City and Johnson was selected with the No. 27 overall pick by the New Jersey Nets, but was traded to Boston.

Boston originally drafted Marshon Brooks, a guard from Providence, with the No. 25 overall pick, but shipped him to New Jersey for Johnson. In addition to Johnson, the Celtics received a 2014 second round pick from the Nets.

Here's a list of each pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

2011 NBA Draft - First Round 

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving (PG - Duke)
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams (PF/SF - Arizona)
  3. Utah Jazz - Enes Kanter (C - Turkey)
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Tristan Thompston (SF - Texas)
  5. Toronto Raptors - Jonas Valanciunas (PF - Lithuania)
  6. Washington Wizards - Jan Vesley (PF - Czech Republic)
  7. Charlotte Bobcats - Bismack Biyombo (PF - Congo)
  8. Detroit Pistons - Brandon Knight (PG - Kentucky)
  9. Charlotte Bobcats - Kemba Walker (PG - Connecticut)
  10. Sacramento Kings - Jimmer Fredette (SG - Brigham Young)
  11. Golden State Warriors - Klay Thompson (SG - Washington State)
  12. Utah Jazz - Alec Burks (SG - Colorado)
  13. Phoenix Suns - Markieff Morris (PF - Kansas)
  14. Houston Rockets - Marcus Morris (PF - Kansas)
  15. San Antonio Spurs - Kawhi Leonard (SF - San Diego State)
  16. Philadelphia 76ers - Nikola Vusevic (PF - UFC)
  17. New York Knicks - Iman Shumpert (PG - Georgia Tech)
  18. Washington Wizards - Chris Singleton (SF - Florida State)
  19. Milwaukee Bucks - Tobias Harris (SF - Tennessee)
  20. Houston Rockets - Donatas Motiejunas (C - Lithiuania)
  21. Portland Trail Blazers - Nolan Smith (PG - Duke)
  22. Denver Nuggets - Kenneth Faried (PF - Morehead State)
  23. Chicago Bulls - Nikola Mirotic (PF - Serbia)
  24. Oklahoma City Thunder - Reggie Jackson (PG/SG - Boston College)
  25. New Jersey Nets - Marshon Brooks (SG - Providence)
  26. Dallas Mavericks - Jordan Hamilston (SF - Texas)
  27. Boston Celtics - JaJuan Johnson (PF - Purdue)
  28. Miami Heat - Norris Cole (PG - Cleveland State)
  29. San Antonio Spurs - Cory Joseph (PG - Texas)
  30. Chicago Bulls - Jimmy Butler (SF - Marquette)
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Celtics Draft Picks 2011: Marshon Brooks Drafted By Boston, Traded To New Jersey For JaJuan Johnson

Marshon Brooks, the nation's second-leading scorer last season, was drafted by the Boston Celtics at No. 25 overall on Thursday night in the 2011 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for the rights to JaJuan Johnson and a second round pick in 2014.

Johnson, a forward/center from Purdue, averaged 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds last season for the Boilermakers. In addition, Johnson averaged 2.3 blocks per game and shot 49.4 percent from the field last year.

Here's some analysis on Johnson from Tom Ziller of SB Nation.

The Celtics obviously need help in the middle; Nenad Krstic is not the answer, Jermaine O'Neal and Shaq may both retire, and Glen Davis was shown up in the playoffs. Johnson is more a blue chip handyman than a heralded prospect, but he could be a nice fit. (via SB Nation)

Highlights of Johnson during his time at Purdue provided below.

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NBA Draft 2011: Reggie Jackson Drafted No. 24 Overall By Thunder

Reggie Jackson has been drafted No. 24 overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2011 NBA Draft on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Jackson, a combo guard from Boston College, averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assist, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals with the Eagles last season. In addition, Jackson shot 50.3 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range.

"The amazing thing for Reggie has been his IQ for the game," Boston College head coach Steve Donahue told WEEI.com. "I think he has a great feel for the game."

Here's some analysis on Jackson from Paul Flannery of Green Street on WEEI.com.

Local hoop fans already know all about Jackson, who had a standout junior year, averaging 18 points and enjoying a huge upturn in his 3-point shooting from 29 percent as a sophomore to 42 percent as a junior. Jackson isn't a pure point guard but he is a guard in the traditional sense. Perhaps most intriguing about Jackson is his wingspan, which has been measured at 7 feet. That length, combined with his athletic ability and on-court savvy could make for a destructive defensive-minded guard with scoring ability. In a best-case scenario Jackson has the skills to help a team this year. (via WEEI)

Highlights of Jackson during his three seasons in Chestnut Hill provided below.

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2011 NBA Draft Results: Derrick Williams To Timberwolves At No. 2 Overall

Derrick Williams was drafted No. 2 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Kyrie Irving was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Williams, a 6-foot-8, 241-pound forward from Arizona, averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds last season for the Wildcats. In addition, the sophomore standout shot 56.8 percent from three-point range and averaged one steal per contest at Arizona.

A long-awaited handshake with NBA commissioner David Stern culminates Derrick Williams' stunning two-year rise from little-known recruit to all-conference standout to NBA lottery pick. The Arizona standout is a high-character player with a good blend of skill and athleticism, and the chance to make an impact with the Timberwolves as soon as next season. The only question is whether his niche will be on the perimeter or in the paint. Williams has long insisted he'll play small forward in the NBA, but his lack of lateral quickness might make him ill-suited to defend pro wings. (via Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger - Yahoo! Sports)

Here's a look at the top five picks in the 2011 NBA Draft.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving (PG - Duke)
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves - Derrick Williams (SF/PF - Arizona)
  3. Utah Jazz - Enes Kanter - (C/PF - Turkey)
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Tristan Thompson (SF - Texas)
  5. Toronto Raptors - Jonas Valanciunas (C - Lithuania)
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NBA Draft 2011: Kyrie Irving Drafted No. 1 Overall By Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving, a point guard from Duke, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night in the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Irving, who was the consensus top pick entering the draft, played in only 11 games with the Duke Blue Devils last season, averaging 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 1.5 steals in his only season in Durham, N.C. In addition, he shot 52.9 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from three-point range and 90.1 percent from the free throw line.

Despite playing 11 games, Irving still wowed when he was on the court. Irving scored a career-high 31 points on 13-of-16 shooting against Michigan State on December 1, 2010. Irving recorded nine assists twice in his career, against Princeton in the season opener and against Colegate on November 19, 2010.

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2011 NBA Draft Predictions: Celtics Take Nikola Vucevic, Reggie Jackson To Heat

We're minutes away from the 2011 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ (7:00 p.m. EDT; ESPN), and the final predictions are coming in.

Who will the Boston Celtics draft with the No. 25 and No. 55 picks? I offer my predictions.

With the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select...

NIKOLA VUCEVIC (C/F - USC Trojans)

There's been plenty of talk that Reggie Jackson will be the pick here, but it just doesn't make sense based on their current needs. Boston needs bigs, and Vucevic provides size at the very least. Vucevic averaged 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds last season with USC. His size and rebounding prowess is exactly what Boston needs, and if he's still available at No. 25, he would be a great fit.

Back to Jackson - the Celtics already have a player similar to Jackson in Avery Bradley, who Boston drafted No. 19 overall last year. Danny Ainge has spoken very highly of Bradford, saying he could have been a potential top five pick had he returned to school and entered the draft this season.

Runner Up Pick: Jimmy Butler (G - Marquette)

With the 31st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat select...

REGGIE JACKSON (PG/SG - Boston College)

Reggie Jackson has been about as silent as a player could be during the draft process, but that hasn't stopped teams from falling  in love with him. Take the Miami Heat, for example. Pat Riley is a fan of Jackson's shooting touch and all around game. What's not to like? Jackson is a good shooter who makes smart passes and is a solid defender. If Jackson is still available at No. 31, I would be shocked if Miami didn't snatch him. However, there's a chance Jackson could go to the New Jersey Nets, who have the No. 27 overall pick.

With the 55th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select...

JOE TRAPANI - (F/C - Boston College)

This is a stretch, as it's very tough to predict who will still be available at this stage in the draft. However, Trapani has been on Boston's radar, as he worked out with the Celtics earlier this month. Trapani's case is an interesting one, because there is a good chance he could be relatively productive at the end of the bench (similar to Luke Harangody). Trapani isn't as big as Harangody, but has good range for a forward and wasn't afraid to take (and make) threes constantly during his time at BC. Trapani could have upside, but it's unlikely that he'll see much, if any, playing time with Boston if drafted here. He would most likely be sent to the Maine Red Claws in the NBA D-League.

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2011 NBA Draft: Boston Celtics Own Two Picks Entering Thursday's Draft

The 2011 NBA Draft begins takes place at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday night (ESPN) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and the Boston Celtics are in possession of two draft picks.

Boston's first pick comes late in the first round at No. 25 overall and its second and final pick is late in the second round at No. 55 overall. 

Cleveland owns the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks, with the Minnesota Timberwolves owning the second pick, the Utah Jazz owning the third pick and the Toronto Raptors possessing the fifth pick.

Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams are the top two prospects entering the draft, and the Cavaliers are expected to 

Here's the complete draft order for Thursday evening's draft.

2011 NBA Draft Order

First Round

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Minnesota Timberwolves
  3. Utah Jazz
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Washington Wizards
  7. Sacramento Kings
  8. Detroit Pistons
  9. Charlotte Bobcats
  10. Milwaukee Bucks
  11. Golden State Warriors
  12. Utah Jazz
  13. Phoenix Suns
  14. Houston Rockets
  15. Indiana Pacers
  16. Philadelphia 76ers
  17. New York Knicks
  18. Washington Wizards
  19. Charlotte Bobcats
  20. Minnesota Timberwolves
  21. Portland Trail Blazers
  22. Denver Nuggets
  23. Houston Rockets
  24. Oklahoma City Thunder
  25. Boston Celtics
  26. Dallas Mavericks
  27. New Jersey Nets
  28. Chicago Bulls
  29. San Antonio Spurs
  30. Chicago Bulls
Second Round
  1. Miami Heat
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Detroit Pistons
  4. Washington Wizards
  5. Sacramento Kings
  6. New Jersey Nets
  7. Los Angeles Clippers
  8. Houston Rockets
  9. Charlotte Bobcats
  10. Milwaukee Bucks
  11. Los Angeles Lakers
  12. Indiana Pacers
  13. Chicago Bulls
  14. Golden State Warriors
  15. New Orleans Hornets
  16. Los Angeles Lakers
  17. Los Angeles Clippers
  18. Atlanta Hawks
  19. Memphis Grizzlies
  20. Philadelphia 76ers
  21. Portland Trail Blazers
  22. Detroit Pistons
  23. Orlando Magic
  24. Cleveland Cavaliers
  25. Boston Celtics
  26. Los Angeles Lakers
  27. Dallas Mavericks
  28. Los Angeles Lakers
  29. San Antonio Spurs
  30. Sacramento Kings
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2011 NBA Draft: BC's Reggie Jackson May Be Draft's Biggest Sleeper

Reggie Jackson has had an interesting journey through the NBA Draft process, but still could emerge as one of the draft's biggest sleeper picks. Jackson has been very cautious throughout the process, cancelling workouts and meetings left and right in order to keep a recover from surgery, or to simply keep a mysterious aura around him.

Jackson, who averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds for the Boston College Eagles last season, has all the makings of a very good player and may only need the right situation to reach his potential, according to Andrew Sharp of SB Nation.

Reggie Jackson, The Biggest Sleeper In The Draft. Granted, I went to Boston College and watched Reggie up close for his entire college career, so maybe I'm biased. But in the mid-20s, if you can get a guard who can defend, score off the bench, and hang with anyone in the NBA athletically, you're in pretty great shape.

It's not to say Reggie will be a superstar one day, but he's got all the tools to be a totally solid third guard on a contender. He can defend, he can score, and he can learn the point guard position from a proven starter. Or think of it this way: If guys like Aaron Brooks and Jrue Holiday can blossom into solid NBA players, what's stopping Reggie from making the same exact leap? All the tools are there, he's not a head case, and if he goes to a contender in the 20s, he'll be learning from some proven veterans. It just makes too much sense for a team like the Celtics at 25. (via SB Nation)

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2011 NBA Draft: Chad Ford Releases Final List Of Top 100 Prospects

Chad Ford of ESPN, one of the best NBA draft analysts in the business, has released his final list of the top 100 prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft

Kyrie Irving of Duke is on top of Ford's list, without much surprise, and Derrick Williams of Arizona comes in at No. 2. Enes Kanter of Turkey, Brandon Knight of Kentucky and Jonas Valanciunas of Lithuania round out the top five.

Here's a look at Ford's top twenty prospects in the draft.

Chad Ford's Top 100 Prospects

  1. Kyrie Irving (PG - Duke Blue Devils)
  2. Derrick Williams (PF/SF - Arizona Wildcats)
  3. Enes Kanter (C - Turkey)
  4. Brandon Knight (PG - Kentucky Wildcats)
  5. Jonas Valanciunas (C - Lithuania)
  6. Tristan Thompson (PF - Texas Longhorns)
  7. Kawhi Leonard (SF - San Diego St. Aztecs)
  8. Jan Vesley (SF - Czech Republic)
  9. Kemba Walker (PG - Connecticut Huskies)
  10. Klay Thompson (SG - Washington St. Cougars)
  11. Alec Burks (SG - Colorado Boulders)
  12. Bismack Biyombo (PF - Spain)
  13. Jimmer Fredette (PG/SG - BYU Cougars)
  14. Tobias Harris (PF -Tennessee Volunteers)
  15. Chris Singleton (SF - Florida St. Seminoles)
  16. Jordan Hamilton (SF - Texas Longhorns)
  17. Kenneth Faried (PF - Morehead St. Eagles)
  18. Marcus Morris (PF - Kansas Jayhawks)
  19. Marshon Brooks (SG - Providence Friars)
  20. Nikola Vucevic (C - USC Trojans)
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2011 NBA Draft: Boston Celtics May Be Interested In USC's Nikola Vucevic

Nikola Vucieic is projected to be picked in the middle of the first round in the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday, meaning that the Boston Celtics would have to trade up from the No. 25 pick if they wanted to draft Vucevic, and they might.

The Boston Celtics are even interested in trading up in order to select Vucevic, according to sources. (via Los Angeles Daily News)

Vucevic, a 6'10", 260-pound center, averaged 17.1 points and 1.6 assists and 1.4 blocks last season with the Trojans. In addition, Vucevic averaged 10.3 boards and shot 34.9 percent from three-point range.

In three seasons with the Trojans, Vucevic scored 962 points and collected 694 rebounds in 87 games. Here's some analysis on the big man from WEEI.com's Ben Rohrbach.

Nikola Vucevic may be a European center, but unlike many before him he's not an unknown commodity. He played his senior year of high school at Stoneridge Prep (Simi Valley, Calif.) before earning a scholarship to USC.

The tallest player at the 2011 NBA combine, Vucevic possesses a lot of qualities generally associated with European bigs - touch around the rim, a reliable mid-range jump shot (as well as developing 20-foot-plus range) and a lack of athleticism. He's been criticized for his failure to play "above the rim" and his lack of success against athletic NBA-caliber big men. However, his high motor, particularly on the defensive glass, has separated him a bit from the stereotype. (via WEEI)

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NBA Draft 2011: Will Boston Celtics Make A Draft Day Trade?

Boston sports fans have become used to the notion of trading away draft picks on draft day (thank you, Bill Belichick), and with the 2011 NBA Draft a little more than one day away, it's only fair to ask if the Celtics will make a deal Thursday.

The Celtics own the No. 25 overall pick (first round) and the No. 55 overall pick (second round) in the draft.

Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston and a panel of four other Celtics writers (Peter May, Brian Robb, Brendan Jackson, and intern Greg Payne) debated the thought, and here's a sampling of what they had to say.

4) True of false: The Celtics will make a draft-night trade.

Forsberg: True. The value in this draft seems to be early second round, where you might get lucky on a JaJuan Johnson or a Jimmy Butler. If Boston had its druthers, I think it would rather have two picks in the 30s or 40s than a No. 25 and 55. Making that a reality is easier said than done, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see the Celtics operate very Belichickian in this year's draft. (via ESPN Boston)

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NBA Draft 2011: Could Jimmer Fredette Fall To Boston Celtics?

Jimmer Fredette took the nation by storm last season, wowing fans, players and coaches alike with his incredible shooting touch on the court. Fredette is a hot commodity, but is there a chance that he could slip to the Boston Celtics at No. 25 overall?

It's not likely, but entirely possible. Chad Ford of ESPN had Fredette going to the Indiana Pacers at No. 15 overall, but as we've seen time and time again, just because an analyst says a player is going early in the draft, it doesn't make it so (Brady Quinn can attest to that).

If Fredette slips to the back end of the first round, he has a pretty big fan in former BYU star and current Celtics general manager Danny Ainge.

"Jimmer is really a fun guy to watch. Jimmer's a blast to watch. Jimmer is a terrific offensive player. He shoots deep. He scores in a variety of ways. He's a really fun guy to watch play, because he's a throwback. I don't know who to compare him to. I haven't really seen a player like Jimmer." (via WEEI)

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NBA Draft 2011: Boston Celtics' Top Pick Unlikely To Have Major Impact

Danny Ainge tells it like it is, at least when it comes to the NBA Draft. The Celtics' general manager knows that, in all reality, it's unlikely that the player the team draft's with the No. 25 overall pick in the Friday's draft will have an impact on a team like Boston. Still, Ainge intends to find that diamond in the rough.

"But the reality is, at 25, for that player to have a major impact in the NBA, it's not a high percentage. It's roughly 10 percent. But we always feel going into the draft that we have to do well. We have to do better than what the odds say and we have to find somebody that can contribute to our team.'' (via Boston Globe)

Avery Bradley was the C's top picks last season at No. 19 overall. He didn't have much time to acclimate himself in Boston, spending most of the season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League.

In 31 games with the Celtics, Bradley averaged 1.7 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists.

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2011 NBA Draft: Marshon Brooks Works Out With New York Knicks

Marshon Brooks, a guard from Providence College and the nation's second leading scorer last season, worked out with the New York Knicks on Monday, according to a New York Times report.

Marshon Brooks, a high-scoring guard from Providence who could fill the Knicks' need for another shooter, had a second workout with the team on Monday, along with four other prospects who returned for a second look. (via NY Times)

Brooks was joined by Josh SelbyNikola VucevicDarius Morris, Jeremy Tyler and Ravern Johnson at the workout.

The Celtics have been rumored to be interested in Brooks, as his solid shooting stroke would help to bolster the Boston bench and provide extra rest for starters Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.

Brooks, a 6'5", 190-pound senior, averaged 24.6 points, seven rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals last season for the Friars. In his junior campaign, Brooks averaged 14.2 points and 4.2 rebounds for Providence.

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2011 NBA Draft: What's Going On With BC's Reggie Jackson?

Reggie Jackson of Boston College has had one of the more interesting NBA Draft experiences. Experts once pegged Jackson a potential high first-round pick, but recent uncertainty surrounding Jackson's health has resulted in some experts dropping him out of the first round entirely.

It's not a question of Jackson's talent - he's a terrific combo guard that, with some time, could become a productive NBA player. The uncertainty surrounding Jackson has been generated by him and his team alone.

Jackson is reportedly recovering from a "minor procedure" on his knee. Jackson also cancelled his remaining workouts with NBA teams, leading to speculation that he is either recovering or has received a promise from an NBA team to draft him if he is still available.

One of the teams that has reportedly given Jackson a promise is the Boston Celticsaccording to The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Apparently the Celtics aren't concerned about Jackson's minor surgery, as a source told Sports Illustrated that Jackson won't get past Boston, which picks 25th.

It wouldn't be totally shocking to see the Celtics draft Jackson, as C's general manager Danny Ainge attended several of Jackson's games at Conte Forum this season.

However, Jackson doesn't exactly fill an immediate need for Boston. Avery Bradley, the Celtics' first round draft pick last season, plays the same position as Jackson and has received high praise from Danny Ainge.

Another team rumored to have given Jackson a promise is the Miami Heat (Can you imagine Jackson playing with LeBron James?). In addition, the Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Jersey Nets have been rumored to have interest in Jackson.

Chad Ford of ESPN has denied reports about the Celtics and Nets being interested, saying the Heat are to top suitor.

ESPN's Chad Ford debunks the Celtics, Blazers and even the Nets (pick 27) as possibilities for Jackson and stated on Twitter that, "It's (the) Heat at 31," which covets Jackson the most. (via The Gazette)

Jackson averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for BC last season.

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NBA Draft 2011: BC's Reggie Jackson Cancels All Of His Workouts

Boston College guard Reggie Jackson has cancelled all of his workouts, according to a tweet from Chad Ford of ESPN. Jackson had workouts scheduled with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats and Portland Trail Blazers.

Reggie Jackson canceled all of his workouts. Bulls, Pacers, Bobcats and Blazers all had him scheduled to come in.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Mac Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Jackson's decision to cancel his remaining workouts most likely indicates that he has received a promise from a team that they will draft him, according to Tom Ziller.

That would seem to indicate Jackson has a promise from a team he'd like to join. Jackson has been slated for the back third of the first round in the June 23 draft, with a chance of slipping to early in the second. Ford reports that the Miami Heat, who pick No. 31 thanks to the Michael Beasley trade a year ago, won't let Jackson slip by them.

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NBA Draft 2011: Boston Celtics Work Out Five Players, Including Jeremiah Rivers

Jeremiah Rivers, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, was one of five players in attendance at a pre-draft workout held by the Celtics on Saturday.

Rivers, a 6'5", 210-pound guard from the University of Indiana, averaged 4.9 points and had 161 assists in two seasons with the Hoosiers. Rivers, a Winter Park, FL native, played his first two seasons at Georgetown University.

In four seasons, Rivers averaged 3.3 points on 39.7 percent shooting and had 359 rebounds and 226 assists.

Malcolm Lee of UCLA, Chris Wright of Georgetown, Anthony Gurley of UMass and Demonte Harper of Morehead State were also present for the workout.

Boston owns the No. 25 overall pick and the No. 55 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, which takes place on June 24th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

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NBA Draft 2011: Boston Celtics Host 11 Players In Pre-Draft Workout

In preparation for the 2011 NBA Draft on June 23, 2011 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, the Boston Celtics hosted 11 players for pre-draft workouts at their training facility in Waltham, MA on Tuesday.

The list of attendees included Brazilian seven-footer Lucas Nogueira, Demontez Stitt, Kevin Anderson, Joffrey Lauvergne, Brad Wanamaker, Diante Garrett, David Lighty, Delroy James, Chaisson Allen, Cory Joseph and Terrence Jennings.

Stitt, Anderson and Jennings all worked out with the team on Monday, as well. Lighty, a forward from Ohio State and Joseph, a guard from Texas are both predicted to be second round picks. (via WEEI)

Boston is currently projected to draft Marshon Brooks, a guard/forward from Providence, with their first pick at No. 25 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. Brooks was second in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.6 points for the Friars.

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