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As the 2014 NBA Draft approaches, all the theories about the picks and trades go wild, as even Ainge himself said that they are working on at least five scenarios on the Celtics' future. Everyone tends to onverhype/undervalue draft picks at these times, so it is good to remember once in a while that the NBA Draft is really a hit-or-miss thing. Because if you dig a bit in your memories (or do a quick Google search), you'll see that three years ago we were talking about how the Celtics picked the next Kevin Garnett. Things did not turn out that way exactly, and JaJuan Johnson is headed to the Turkish team Besiktas as the club's official website reported.

Now, apparently they think JJJ can play as a Center too, which I highly doubt, but maybe his game has improved since we last saw him. Johnson averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last year in Italy for a team that made the Playoffs in one of the top tier leagues in Europe. That's not bad at all. He also looks more confident as you can see in the picture above.


JJJ is going to be the third big guy to play for Besiktas after playing for the Celtics, following Semih Erden and Colton Iverson's footsteps. I guess it is safe to say that the former two have left a good impression there. One can only hope that Johnson will make a Gerald Greenesque comeback in the near future after all that experience in Europe's best leagues.
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semioticus (shelbyl) 6/23/2014 11:44:00 AM Edit
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