Five Facts: Lee, Johnson, Jones, Crowder, Jerebko

The Boston Celtics have been active this offseason, making numerous trades and free agent signings. On Monday, the organization held an introductory press conference for newcomers David Lee, Amir Johnson, Perry Jones, and re-signees Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko.

Now, it’s time for all of you Boston Celtics diehards to get to know them a bit, so we’ve dug into their past and have pulled out interesting tidbits of information on each of them. Listed below are five fun facts on five of our newest acquisitions.


David Lee

David Lee

Lee is a two-time NBA All-Star selection who spent his last 10 seasons split between New York and Golden State. He won a championship last season with the Warriors, who traded him to the C's on Monday.

  • Lee has made television appearances on Celebrity Apprentice, Family Feud, Lipstick Jungle, The Electric Company, and had a cameo in the 2009 film When in Rome.
  • He is a natural lefty, but became ambidextrous after he broke his left arm during his sophomore year of high school, which forced him to play the majority of the season right-handed.
  • During his senior season at the University of Florida, Lee played with a stacked squad of freshmen, which included future NBA household names Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer.
  • He saved Oakland’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner in 2012. The city’s annual event, which supports those in need, had not received enough funding, so Lee stepped in with a $25,000 donation to save the day.
  • He has averaged a double-double (15.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game) during 12 contests at TD Garden.

Amir Johnson

Amir Johnson

The recently signed 6-foot-9 forward hopes to become a fan-favorite here in Boston, with the same gritty, body-banging style of play he displayed for the last six seasons in Toronto.

  • This is his second stint as a “Celtic,” after playing for the California Celtics in 1997 as a 5-4, 9-year-old.
  • Johnson was the last high school senior to be selected in the NBA Draft. He was just 18 years and 58 days old when Detroit took him with the 56th overall pick in 2005.
  • Johnson tipped off his NBA career in style, with this emphatic, windmill dunk as his first career basket.
  • He is a cousin of NFL linebacker Kevin Burnett (630 career tackles, 20 sacks), who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys two months before Johnson was drafted into the NBA.
  • Percentage-wise, Johnson is one of the most proficient scorers of all time. He has made 1,877 of the 3,277 shots he has attempted, for an astronomical .573 shooting percentage.

Perry Jones

Perry Jones

Jones was a first-round draft pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012, but did not find a lot of court time in OKC. He hopes for a fresh start and a bright future here in Beantown.

  • During the 2014 NBA Playoffs, former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant called Jones “the best athlete in the league.”
  • He scored a career high 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting during OKC’s second game of the 2014-15 season.
  • Following his 2010-11 season at Baylor University, he became the first player in program history to be named United States Basketball Writers Association Freshman All-American.
  • Jones tied for the fourth-fastest three-quarter court sprint at the 2012 NBA draft combine with a time of 3.19 seconds. Pretty impressive for a 6-11 forward.
  • During his free time, Jones is an avid paintballer. When he opted to return to Baylor for his sophomore season, the entire team went to a paintball facility to celebrate.

Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder

After spending his first two-and-a-half professional seasons playing a minor role in Dallas, Crowder found his NBA identity when he was traded to Boston last December. The defensive sparkplug signed a multiyear deal with the C’s on Monday.

  • His full name is Corey Jae Crowder, named after his father, Corey, who played for the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs during the 1990s.
  • Crowder had the best bench press score at the 2012 NBA Draft Combine, with 20 reps at 185 pounds.
  • He has enormous hands, which measure 9.5 inches long by 10.5 inches wide.
  • Crowder was named Big East Player of the year during his senior season at Marquette University, when he averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.
  • He was once traded for Tyler Zeller. Crowder was originally selected 34th overall by Cleveland in the 2012 NBA Draft, but his draft rights, among others, were exchanged for the draft rights to Zeller.

Jonas Jerebko

Jonas Jerebko

Jerebko arrived mid-season during the 2014-15 campaign and his sharpshooting skills and versatility quickly earned respect from Bostonians. He, like Crowder, re-signed with the C's this summer.

  • He is one of three Swedish-born players to ever play in the NBA, and was the second to be drafted into the league.
  • Jerebko had his best production during his 2009-10 rookie season with Detroit, when he started 73 games and averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, earning an NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection.
  • During the preseason of his sophomore NBA campaign, Jerebko tore his right Achilles tendon during an exhibition against the Heat, causing him to miss the entire 2010-11 season.
  • While in Detroit, he enjoyed hanging out with several of his fellow countrymen on the Detroit Red Wings, such as NHL Hall-of-Famer Nicklas Lidstrom, All-Star Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Tomas Holmstrom.
  • His father Chris played at Syracuse University from 1977-81 and then played professionally for the Swedish club Boras Marbo.
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