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The 2011 NBA draft was filled with some of the top young stars we have in the Association today. The problem? Most of them were off the board by the end of the lottery, per usual, and Danny Ainge wouldn't even be making a selection in the top 20. Ainge and the Boston Celtics were going to need the luck of the Irish if they wanted a top-tier talent to fall to them. Unfortunately their luck was short and they missed out on a big talent. So who did they settle for? Read on to find out. 

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Draft: 2011
Picks: (1)25, (2)55

(1)25. MarShon Brooks, SG Providence

With the 25th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Danny Ainge selected MarShon Brooks, a wiry scorer from Providence College. 

During the 2010-11 season the Celtics didn't have a legitimate scorer off of the bench. In fact, every player that came off of the bench for Boston that year failed to average more than 10.0 points per game. Since bench scoring was such a glaring need, Ainge decided to address it by drafting Brooks.

Although he was highly regarded as a scorer, Brooks did it all for the Friars in his senior season. He suited up for 32 games, averaging 24.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.5 steals in just over 36 minutes per game. It's hard to choose which statistic(s) is(are) the most impressive. His 10 point jump in scoring average from his junior to senior season, his 1.5 steals, or his 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks? In my opinion it's the third choice. Brooks stands at 6'5 and still managed to record big man-like numbers in terms of rebounds and blocked shots. When you take a closer look at his college statistics it becomes more and more apparent that this kid has the ability to make an impact in more ways than one. 

Danny Ainge never got to see MarShon Brooks perform in green and white because he traded him to the then New Jersey Nets in exchange for JaJuan Johnson and a 2014 second round draft pick. 

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(2)55. E'Twaun Moore, PG/SG Purdue

Perhaps to offset Rajon Rondo's pass-first mentality, Ainge decided to grab a score-first guard in E'Twuan Moore. Not only that but this pick would also address the whole "scorer off of the bench need."

Moore, another four year college player, was a very consistent scorer for the Boilermakers. He played in 140 games at Purdue and averaged career numbers of 15.3 points per game on 44 and 38.0% shooting from the floor and down town, respectively. His 38% clip from three point range doesn't really do him justice when it comes to how good of a three point shooter he really is, however. As a freshman he converted on a career-high 43% of his treys and, believe it or not, that high clip isn't the result of a lack in playing time (30.6 MPG). After he slumped a little bit in his sophomore and junior seasons, Moore turned it back on in his final year. E'Twaun scorched the nets from beyond the arc to the tune of a 40% conversion rate.

In limited minutes as a rookie, Moore translated his superior three point shooting from college to the pros. Doc Rivers only granted him 8.7 minutes per game but that was enough time for Moore to knock down 38% of the threes he took. But Moore lasted just one season in Boston and his run as a Celtic ended on July 20, 2012 when Ainge shipped him to Houston in a three-way deal. 

Summary

Danny Ainge honestly blew this one. He got a terrific scorer in MarShon Brooks and a point guard worthy of backing up Rondo for years to come. But what did he do? He traded them away. 

Moore would have been a good player to have this year after Rondo tore his ACL in late January. The Cs lack of point guard depth was one of the many factors that ultimately did them in this year. Instead, Moore scored 12.6 points and dished out 4.4 assists per 36 minutes with the Orlando Magic over the course of the 2012-13 season. 

Much like Moore, Brooks would have been great to have off of the bench. He has a crazy amount of confidence that you don't see in many players his age and he's never really seen a shot he didn't like. Sure, that can be a negative thing if he continues to chuck up shots during cold streaks but it pays off big time when he gets hot. 

Not only did he trade two guys that would have been of use this year he also passed up the opportunity to take guys like Norris Cole, Jimmy Butler, Chandler Parsons, and Isaiah Thomas. All of which are medium to high impact players on their respective squads.

Ainge drafted two players that addressed needs but he traded one away on draft night for a big man that is nowhere to be found these days. Add his overlooking the four players listed above and you have another bad draft. 

As far as I'm concerned, Danny should have just stuck with his original selections.

Grade: D+

 


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