2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Where Does JaJuan Johnson Fit in the NBA? - June 11
There are more than 14 NBA teams that have interviewed JaJuan Johnson. The talented power forward was one of the most accomplished and heralded players in Big Ten history, and his four years in West Lafyatte were extremely memorable for all the right reasons.
Not many Purdue Boilermakers excelled and excited on both ends of the floor like he did.
In order to make the transition to the NBA, Johnson hoped to show the scouts at the 2011 NBA Draft Combine...
"I think my biggest thing people question is my strength, the bench press and the strength and agility should put that to rest, depending on how I do," Johnson said. "I want to show that I'm stronger than how I look. I think a lot of teams know I'm a pretty good shooter."
Very true. All the questions surrounding him pertain to his size, weight, strength and ability to bang down low. No one questions his ability to step out and his the jumper.
Among the many teams he's worked out with are the Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers (what an amazing hometown story that would be), and Miami Heat. Johnson has met with a myriad of teams including: Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Johnson learned a lot by declaring for the NBA Draft last year and going through the process.
"I know what I got to do because I got a taste of it last year when I declared for the draft, so I know what to expect a litle bit, but I got to step it up another level," he said in Chicago during the combine.
Currently, we have Johnson projected at No. 37 to the Clippers in Round 2 of our 2011 NBA Mock Draft. Most mocks I've seen on the Internet have him projected in that same area. Quite a few have him slotted No. 36 to the New Jersey Nets.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.