On this day: previous Celtics Greg Stiemsma, JaJuan Johnson debut
On this day in 2011, former Boston Celtics center Greg Stiemsma made his debut for the team.
The University of Wisconsin – Madison product went undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft, and would play professionally abroad and in the G League prior to signing with the Celtics in December of 2011 as an unlimited totally free representative. It would be several weeks prior to the former Badger saw any live game action however, making his launching for the team on the 28th of that month in a 97 – 78 loss to the (then) New Orleans Hornets (now, Pelicans) on the road at New Orleans Arena in the eponymous Louisiana city.
Stiemsma would score 2 points, 4 rebounds and an excellent, record-setting 6 blocked shots with no turnovers and 3 individual fouls in just over 20 minutes of playing time.
The Randolph, Wisconsin native would play 54 more games with the team before signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves in complimentary firm.
It remained in the extremely same game that previous Boston big man JaJuan Johnson made his Celtic debut as well.
Johnson had actually played his collegiate ball with the University of Purdue Boilermakers, where he earned consensus All-American, Big 10 Gamer of the Year and Huge Ten Protective Player of the Year honors.
He would be drafted 27th general by the (then) New Jersey Nets (now, Brooklyn), but traded to Boston that night for MarShon Brooks and draft assets, making his debut in the exact same contest as Stiemsma.
The Indianapolis local would score 4 points, striking 1-of-2 field goal attempts and both his efforts from the charity stripe in a little under three and a half minutes of flooring time.
He would play simply 36 total contests for the Celtics before they included him in a three-team trade that brought Courtney Lee to the team in July of 2012.