E’Twaun Moore will join his buddy JaJuan Johnson on Monday in Boston, the two ready to embark on another journey together. The Celtics drafted Purdue University’s top two scorers in Thursday’s NBA Draft, trading for Johnson with the 27th pick and nabbing Moore with the 55th selection.
The two combined for 4,055 points, 214 wins and 280 games for the Boilermakers and now they will come to Boston hoping to make an impact and become part of the team’s core beyond the Big Three. Moore, an East Chicago, Ind. native, said he felt positive about his pre-draft workout with the Celtics and was thrilled about the opportunity to play with his longtime teammate.
“It was just crazy,” Moore said by phone. “There was a big smile on my face like ‘Wow, again, we’re going to be together. And it’s definitely good because we got a good relationship. For us to go to the same team is definitely great.”
Moore averaged 18 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 34 games for Purdue, the team’s smooth-shooting guard. He shot 40 percent from the 3-point line and dropped 38 points on Ohio State in a 76-63 win on Feb. 20. Moore said his best asset is driving to the basket and creating but he was also a perimeter threat.
He understand that he will have to play defense with the Celtics.
“On the defensive end, I get after the guard and pick him up and you got to make him make plays,” he said. “Naturally I am a two-guard. I am going to try to come out there and help them win. My job is to knock down shots and make sure I play defense.”
Moore said he grew up a Bulls fan and fully understands his opportunity to play with Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. He wants to capitalize on that chance.
“It will be definitely be great,” he said. “I have been watching them for years. Watching them win championships, just be great pros. To go there and be on the same team is definitely an honor. I want to learn a lot from the veterans who are there and hopefully have a chance to have a good career.”