Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/7/12
BOSTON — The last nine months were interesting for JaJuan Johnson, to say the least. From first-round pick by the Celtics to bench jockey to trade chip and, most recently, top pick in the NBADL draft, the 23-year-old Purdue product has so far not panned out as it was hoped when Boston took him with the 27th pick in the 2011 NBA draft. Before Johnson plays a single game with his new team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, his former coach offered a quick opinion on Johnson’s uncertain NBA prospects. “I know he has the talent, I’ll put it that way,” Doc Rivers said. “I told him that this summer. He’s going to either have to pull it out of himself or he’ll be there [in the D-League], but I do believe that he has NBA talent. I hope he makes it.” Another former Celtics rookie, meanwhile, has flourished in a new environment. E’Twaun Moore was waived by the Houston Rockets shortly after he arrived as part of the Courtney Lee trade, and was signed by the Orlando Magic in early September. In three games this season, including two starts, Moore has averaged 15.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Neither Johnson nor Moore made a huge impact on the Celtics last season. Moore averaged fewer than nine minutes of playing time in 38 games, while Johnson appeared in only 36 games and averaged 3.2 points per game. “E’Twaun, on the other hand, is playing unbelievable,” Rivers said. “He was ahead of JaJuan last year and it had nothing to do with individual talent. It had to do with mental makeup. E’Twaun’s a smart kid, gets it. JaJuan’s young and he has to figure it out.” The first chance for the Celtics to see either player comes Nov. 25, when the C’s travel to Orlando. They will have to wait a while longer to see Johnson, who should get an opportunity to impress an NBA team with the Mad Ants. Have a question for Ben Watanabe? Send it to him via Twitter at @BenjeeBallgame or send it here.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Seahawks GM stomps Marshawn Lynch rumors

Mel Kiper: Joe Mixon is most talented RB in draft

Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews long road back to the desert

Lonzo Ball on Markelle Fultz: ‘I’m better than him’

Harden: Playing every game should count in MVP discussion

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Texans owner: We didn’t know Brock Osweiler well enough

Report: NFL approves automatic ejections for egregious hits to players' heads

Video seems to show Teddy Bridgewater dropping back, passing

Cavallari shares photo of Cutler in birthday suit on Instagram

Lionel Messi’s suspension puts Argentina in danger of missing World Cup

Report: Chris Long signs one-year deal with Eagles

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Box Score 3/28: Wilt's last game

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker