What Did the Boston Celtics Get When They Used the 53rd Pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Against Alabama Guard JD Davison?
At least that’s what Davison said — five times — during a Tuesday news conference.
“I’m just going to be a dog at both ends of the square,” Davison said in an all-encompassing canine statement.
A prep star at Calhoun School in Letohatchee who was Alabama’s Mr. Basketball in 2020 and 2021, Davison averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in his only season in Alabama.
“My season in Alabama wasn’t going as well as I wanted,” Davison said, “but I think I’ve had pushes from what I’ve shown and what I can do at the NBA level. My decision was because the NBA ground is so wide for a dynamic guard like me that I think it was best for me to go out and go to the draft.
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Davison will get his first taste of NBA action with Boston’s entry into the NBA 2K23 Summer League in Las Vegas. From July 7th to July 15th, each of the NBA clubs will play four games. The two teams with the best records meet for the Summer League Championship on July 17, while the other 28 teams play another game on July 16 or 17.
The Celtics announce their Las Vegas game schedule against the Miami Heat at 4:30 p.m. CDT on NBA TV Saturday.
In Summer League, Davison said he “just wanted to go out there and be me. Lead my team to a win – four wins and then we go to the tournament. Just lead my team to wins and just go out and have fun.”
Boston used his only pick in the 2022 NBA draft to win Davison.
“JD is obviously an extremely gifted athlete,” said Celtics coach Ime Udoka. “I probably caught less college basketball this year than ever before, but he stood out. In particular, I saw the air and I saw him flying around watching Alabama games, so he immediately stood out – his athleticism, youth and energy. Obviously a young guy – freshman – with a huge blast and extremely lucky to have him, to get him so late in the draft.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.