Not long ago, the Houdini published an article entitled “3 Predicted Second Round Players The Celtics Can Trade Aaron Nesmith For,” and apparently the goal was to find three players that the Boston Celtics could turn the 2020 Lottery pick over for .
Luckily, JD Davison – the Boston prospect voted with their own second-round selection– became a steal at pick #53 and didn’t require a trade-up in the draft to win anyway.
As noted in those parts, Davison saw his high school potential unmatched under Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nate Oats during his only SEC season, 2021-22. The local product flashed scoring chances but faded during key efforts in conference play.
As noted by 247Sports’ dedicated Alabama website, Davison was still an SEC All-Freshman team member and finished the season at the top of the team in scoring (8.5 PPG) with 4.3 assists per game. Although he wasn’t the best in Tuscaloosa, he was still very efficient. On his last attempt in a Tide uniform, he shot 4/8 from the 3-point line during the round of 64 loss of the NCAA March Madness tournament against Notre Dame.
JD Davison was a steal draft pick for the Boston Celtics and defied our expectations for the 2022 NBA Draft
Sometimes eating a crow is a delicious endeavor. This author certainly feels the same way after seeing the Celtics draft someone who can win minutes in the 2022-23 season instead of a second-round stash like they did in the last two seasons with Yam Madar and Juhann Begarin take.
With rumors of Madar making his way to the Cs this offseason, there’s now legitimate competition for backup point guard minutes — even in the Summer League.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens made that choice, even though JD Davison spends most of the season in Maine. The Alabama product has one of the higher caps of any player selected with the bottom 10 picks of this year’s draft and could have been a first-rounder with better collegiate-level coaching.