Avery Bradley is the source of inspiration and hope for the two Celtics draftees. A year ago we were talking about the last regular season game where Avery put on a show after spending the whole season on the bench. Now we're talking about him as a building block piece for the next generation.
Let's take a moment to remember the bright spots in an otherwise eventless year for JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore.
For Johnson, it didn't get any better than a 33-minute run in a 95-91 triumph over the Bulls in mid-February. Johnson connected on 6-of-13 shots for a season-high 12 points (including some highlight-worthy dunks) to go along with four rebounds, two steals and a block. Johnson got some quality burn through February before the rotation tightened up after the All-Star break.
When Boston rallied from a 27-point deficit in Orlando in late January, it was Moore who provided a surprising spark in his finest outing of the season. Moore connected on 5-of-6 shots, including all four 3-pointers he hoisted, while scoring 16 points in 18 minutes. Moore's effort earned him some extra time while Keyon Dooling was sidelined due to injury, but he was likewise thin on minutes after the first half of the season.
They will get plenty of time in the summer leagues to show their stuff and hopefully Doc and the Celtics training staff can find ways for them to contribute starting in training camp and into the season.