The Celtics spent tonight drafting the two winningest players in Purdue basketball history.
After choosing JaJuan Johnson with their first pick, Boston kept with the Purdue theme in the second round of the NBA draft, selecting guard E’Twaun Moore. The 6’4, 191-pound shooting guard proved himself during an impressive four-year career, finishing his career as Purdue’s fourth-leading scorer. He can shoot, he can score from all over the court, and he became known as a hard-nosed player who commits himself to defense. The two new Celtics won more games during their Purdue careers than any other Boilermaker player ever.
With that pedigree, why did Moore fall to the second round? NBA teams question his athleticism and size, which are both average-to-below average for a perimeter player. But he can play the game, and he proved that against the best competition in college basketball for four years.
“I think I am being overlooked, but I couldn’t really say why,” Moore told Draft Express. “Maybe people didn’t see a lot of me during the regular season, or they just haven’t seen a lot of what I can do well. I’m more athletic than what people think, that’s something I think I’ll show in workouts.”
Maybe he has a point: during a study of college wings, Draft Express examined the statistics of NBA-bound collegiate players. Moore tested very well.
“There’s a case to be made that Moore is one of the most underrated players in this draft class,” Draft Express wrote, “and his showing in this sampling does nothing to discourage that notion.”