Who is JaJuan Johnson?

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Who is JaJuan Johnson?

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON - On Draft Night, the Boston Celtics selected Providence guard Marshon Brooks with the 25th overall pick . . . and minutes later traded him to the New Jersey Nets as part of a deal to acquire big man JaJuan Johnson from Purdue. So who is Johnson? Get to know the newest member of the Celtics.

The Basics
Position: Forward
Height: 6-10
Weight: 221
Born: February 8, 1989
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
College: Purdue University

Collegiate Accolades
During his senior year at Purdue, Johnson was named First Team All-American, Big Ten Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Last season he averaged 20.5 ppg (49.4 FG, 80.9 FT), 8.6 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 1.6 TO.

Docs Take
Pick-and-pop, hes a terrific shooter for his size and extremely athletic," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "He obviously rebounded well in college, which you hope translates over to the pros. But weve proven we can get shots for our bigs . . . and so if we can get him shots, hell make them. The defensive part, comes from a great program and hes a high character kid. At pick number 25, thats what you hope for.

How He Will Complement the Celtics
Johnson gives the Celtics the size they need after their frontcourt was depleted last season. Dont expect him to be a 20-and-10 guy next season - thats not the role of rookies on this veteran team - but he can learn and develop under the leadership of experienced teammates, especially Kevin Garnett.

I dont think I ever have to talk to Kevin about that, Rivers said of Garnett offering leadership. It will be Johnsons choice if he wants to follow it. One thing, Kevins a great teacher - actually the best teacher that Ive ever coached, by far. But if you dont listen the first time, hell never teach you again, and thats just how he works.

A Reliable Referral
Rivers son, Jeremiah, gave Johnson a strong review after playing against him in college. Jeremiah loved him, Rivers said. When we drafted him he actually thought it was one of the best players that he had played against. He knows what hes talking about, hopefully.

Where to find him
Johnson is on Twitter @BoilerBaller25.

Random Fact
JaJuan will be the fifth player with the last name "Johnson" on the Celtics. Former players include (in chronological order from the most recent) Chris Johnson, Joe Johnson, Dennis Johnson, and Rich Johnson.

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Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”