By Matt Noonan
How it Happened: With the 25th pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics selected E’Twaun Moore, shooting guard from Purdue University.
What it Means: Right away, it seems that the Celtics have caught “Boilermaker fever.” Moore and JaJuan Johnson were teammates this past year at Purdue University, which certainly should help both rookies adjust to the NBA once the season begins in September.Moore is a talented shooting guard, which is certainly something the Green and White needed to acquire this off-season. However, is he the answer the for the future? Time will tell, but all in all, he’s definitely a solid pick for the organization.
How will Moore Impact the Celtics: Having Moore come off the bench will be an enormous asset for the Celtics in years to come. This past season, he averaged 33.9 minutes, 18.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals. Similarly to Johnson, Moore’s numbers increased over the past four seasons. He’ll be a sharp-shooter for the Celtics, especially since he ended this past season with a field goal percentage of .447%. Also, he’ll be an important facet from the free-throw line, especially since he knocks down roughly 70% of his shots.
Overall Grade: I’d give Moore a “B+.” His shooting ability will indeed help the Celtics, but similarly to Johnson, he needs to build more muscle, as well as somewhat shape his body for the NBA. Being behind Rondo or Delonte West, Moore’s game will improve drastically.