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2011 NBA Offseason: Boston Celtics

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Boston Celtics (Last Year: 56-26)

2011 NBA Draft Team Grade:

Doc Rivers' son played college basketball at Indiana, so I am sure the Celtics coach knows of JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore pretty well. With the championship window closing on Boston, they needed to try and find players in this draft who could help them out right away. I think Johnson and Moore could become role players right away in Boston. They may not have the upside as some of the younger or foreign guys, but they could help the team right away since they have such a thin roster. (Team Grade: Makes sense)

Live 2011 NBA Draft Grades:

27. JaJuan Johnson, F, Purdue
The Celtics moved down two spots and still got the guy I predicted they would grab. Boston has a need for frontcourt depth and Johnson's pick and pop ability and his length make him a nice fit. He just needs to get stronger. (Pick Grade: Makes sense)

55. E'Twaun Moore, G, Purdue
First JaJuan Johnson, now E'Twaun Moore. The Celtics have gained a whole new following in West Lafayette, Ind. Moore is an outstanding pick this late especially for a team that needs immediate help behind Ray Allen at the two. (Pick Grade: LOVE IT!)

*** 2011 NBA Offseason Needs and Free Agents listed below this comment box. ***

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Deivisson 01-02-2014 06:02 am (total posts: 1)
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- Yes he was easily beettr than all of those guys. Remember he DESTROYED Robinson in the olympics. And there would be an argument of him in his prime being beettr than Shaq in his prime, not as a pure offensive force of nature, but as an overall player and triple double machine.
Franco 01-02-2014 04:41 am (total posts: 1)
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Cmon Bigga .. I had to go through a whole year of Laker Hate on Tss Twitter and focobaek. And now you wanna say/imply im not classy?Wheres that Bigga voodoo doll .Imma make him skinny!!!!!!
Oh I didn't know the used that clause 06-29-2013 11:06 am (total posts: 3)
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Oh.well in 2013 thanks to the nets Mr Silver will say:

With the first pick in the 2018 draft the Boston Celtics(via the nets)select Seventh Woods.

BOOK IT!!!!!!Lopez will be their only good player by then.

Also they will have:Aaron Gordon,LeBryant Nash,many more good young players.
Bgame17 06-29-2013 02:13 am (total posts: 1)
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Boston can't amnesty Wallace
Celtics are rebuilding 06-28-2013 12:34 pm (total posts: 3)
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Boston's gonna amnesty Wallace.
You don't watch the NBA 06-23-2013 01:36 pm (total posts: 1)
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You clearly did not watch the Celtics or possibly the NBA at all last year. This is exemplified by your "Jeff Green provided some scoring punch off the bench" you do realize that Jeff Green was starting for the Celtics, and was FAR AND AWAY their second best player (after KG) last year correct? To think that BRANDON FREAKING BASS arguably the worst starting player in the NBA would start over him is a total joke.
Pelicans dude 06-15-2013 10:52 pm (total posts: 3)
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Ok so it seems like rivers could go to LA for DeAndre,maybe Bledsoe and picks while Rivers brings KG and lee with him.then that Clippers team could deal Blake and (if he's not a Celtic yet) Bledsoe for Dwight.if this happens than Boston is back to the post Bird-Parish-Mchale era.Rondo will be the main rebuilding piece and next year's draft class is star & role player filled(so Boston can make a 1 year retooling plan?Ainge is smart if this happened).also it'll prove that the Clippers are aggressive with trying to win(CPD15)and for the lakers Blake is better for D'Antonie's system than Dwight(but not for shooting free throws.oh neither is DeAndre Blake is better at free throws than DeAndre.)
Monte 10-25-2012 02:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jajuan Johnson is no longer on the celtics but he wouldn't have played anyway.
Joe R 06-29-2012 11:19 am (total posts: 1)
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I like it. Make sure Sullinger's back is okay and this becomes a great draft for the Celtics.
Ben 06-28-2012 04:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Celtics need to sign Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to 1-2 year contracts or maybe more for Garnett. To groom their back-ups.
john robles 06-23-2012 04:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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KG is the only UFA Celtics should resign from their team then go after Kaman, Courtney Lee, Danny Green and RFA Bayless rest of players through the draft.
Cam 06-29-2011 03:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jajuan is the most proven player in the draft. the pick is an A for sure. E'Twaun has averaged at least 11 points per game since freshman year. improving every year. what a great draft
paul's a moron 06-24-2011 09:24 am (total posts: 1)
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Can someone tell Paul "idiot" Banks that "makes sense" isn't a grade and that he uses it for 80 percent of picks? "grades" are A, B, C, etc., with the plus or minus and they help you actually tell what he thought of the pick
Matt 06-23-2011 11:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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I have to say I don't like the pick. It's not that I don't think Johnson will be good, but I feel that it is too safe of a pick given were the Celtics are right now.

Johnson is the kind of guy you want to add to a team that is approaching championship level not leaving it. By taking Johnson Ainge seems to be saying that the team can still win championships (something I unfortunately question) & makes resigning Big Baby less likely.

I would have loved to have seen them take Jordan Hamilton. He is much more likely to bust than Johnson, but sitting behind Pierce & Ray would teach him a lot.

Plus he is one of the few players in this draft that could create his own shot off the bench allowing him to become the focal point of the 2nd unit. He is a guy that could become a superstar, it's not exactly likely, but since the Celtics are a championship caliber team on the decline I think it would have been worth the risk. I would have loved them to keep MarShon Brooks for the same reason although I think Hamilton would be the better fit.
Doug 06-23-2011 10:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Love the JaJuan Johnson pick.

Rondo, Jeff Green, Johnson are a good start towards rebuilding the Celtics.

2010-11 Season Summary:
Ever since winning the NBA Title in 2009, the story for the Celtics has been anything less than a championship is considered a disappointment. Boston finished the regular season with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference and then swept the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs. However, the Celtics were out-matched by a younger, more athletic Heat team as they were bounced from the second round.

The Boston Three Party did their part but didn't play at the level they did during their championship run two seasons ago. Ray Allen proved he can still shoot the ball with the best in the world and Paul Pierce is capable of carrying the load of a go-to scorer, but Kevin Garnett continues to show the wear on his body and finished with numbers well below his career average.

The veterans cleared a space for Rajon Rando who continues to blossom as a true point guard, finishing second in the league behind Steve Nash in assists per game. His shooting numbers are still painfully low allowing defenses to play off him on the perimeter, but his ability to distribute the basketball is mesmerizing.

The O'Neals (Shaq and Jermaine) were signed to add depth in the middle, while the team waited for Kendrick Perkins to get healthy. Instead, the Celtics surprised many by dealing Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Kristic. Meanwhile, the O'Neals combined to play just 61 regular season games with injuries limiting Shaq to just 12 minutes played in the playoffs.

That trade seems to have backfired for general manager Danny Ainge. Green never found his niche in coming off Boston's bench, while Kristic played OK but is a free agent this summer. It also left the Celtics without a true big man to bang down low. (I know Glen Davis is big, but he is a short big.)

2011-12 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Jermaine O�Neal

PF: Kevin Garnett/#Jeff Green/JaJuan Johnson

SF: Paul Pierce

SG: Ray Allen/Avery Bradley/E'Twaun Moore

PG: Rajon Rando

NBA Free Agents:

#PF-Jeff Green (RFA)

PF-Glen Davis (UFA)

C-Nenad Kristic (UFA)

SG-Delonte West (UFA)

PG-Carlos Arroyo (UFA)

SG-Von Wafer (UFA)

PF-Troy Murphy (UFA)

G/F-Sasha Pavlovic (UFA)

2010-11 Team Salary: Approximately $72.5 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Size: Shaq retired. Glen Davis and Nenad Kristic are free agents. Jeff Green could be a free agent. The only bigs under contract for next season are Kevin Garnett, who is no spring chicken, and a washed up Jermaine O�Neal. We also saw how the trading of Perkins left the Celtics without a true rim protector and physical big. Take into account all those factors, and Boston needs to find some size which will not be easy to do since the 2011 NBA Draft is thin on true big men and the Celtics are already massively over the league salary cap.

2. Wing Depth: This past season, the Celtics paraded guys like Delonte West, Von Wafer, Marquis Daniels, Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic out on the wing to try and find some depth behind Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. None of them provided the needed spark off the bench, and all but Bradley are free agents this offseason. Boston needs to find someone whom they can rely on to score off the bench especially since Allen turns 36 this summer and Pierce will be 34 by the start of next season.

3. Backup Point Guard: After trading Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City, Boston was left without a true backup point guard to Rajon Rando, and was forced to sign Carlos Arroyo who did not play a single minute in the postseason. Delonte West was able to come in and run some point but he is a free agent once again, leaving the Celtics without a backup for Rando unless they feel comfortable having last year's first-round pick Avery Bradley fill that void. Since Bradley is still a combo guard trying to learn how to run the point, the Celtics need to find at least a 1-year rental in the form of a veteran who could play 8-12 minutes a night.

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