The Boston Celtics selected the 53rd overall pick in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft, Alabama Crimson Tide’s former guard JD Davison.
Davison is an athletic off-the-chart basketball player with a small body frame and big cool hair. JD is an explosive playmaker and quick to make it to the rim. He is an unselfish passer, a trait we often fail to see in basketball players, and he has the talent to find the right teammate to score.
Davison had a successful 2021-2022 college basketball season with the University of Alabama.
During his college hoops days, JD scored double figures in 13 out of the 33 contests Alabama played during the season, starting 6 of them. As a senior, Davison averaged 32.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.
Due to his outstanding performance, he earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team and was the winner of the Mr. Basketball award in 2020 and in 2021. The list of accomplishments is endless for the newly acquired Boston rookie guard.
The Celtics’ development staff reported that their objective is to shape JD Davison into an elite basketball player. Most Likely, Davison will not play heavy minutes in court for the upcoming 2022-2023 NBA season, but we’ll see him improving.
Below, we’ll break down the reasons why JD Davison will have a solid career with the Boston Celtics in what we hope, happens in a non-so distant future:
Celtic’s Much Needed Elite Point Guard
The 2022 NBA Finalists are invested in winning the next championship, and of course, are highly aware they are in much need of acquiring an elite and playmaker point guard.
Boston Celtics‘ president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and coach Ime Udoka identified that playmaking in as an issue and that elevating their roster to include offensive players is pivotal for the franchise to win a championship.
Stevens stated, “…there’s no question, in this league, the more guys that can make a play offensively, the better. And the challenge again is making sure whatever you do around the margins of our roster, we have a unique identity and we have a uniqueness in our size and our ability to be versatile all across the board, so we have to take that into account when we are adding to our team. But if we can maintain that and add some playmaking, yeah, without a doubt, you want to do that.“
The recent movements in their roster denote that filling the point guard spot with madly talented players is one of their main shifts. Prove of this is the recent trading of point guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers. In the last season with the Pacers, Brogdon averaged 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.9 assists.
In addition to the former Pacers trade, JD’s draft is the other strategic movement the Celtics did to improve their offense.
JD’s Offensive Skills
During his debut with the Crimson Tide, JD Davison showed his superb offensive skills with an offensive rating of 105.0% and an offensive rebound percentage of 5.2.
JD’s former coach Nate Oats, pointed out Davison’s improvement in the offensive end as he has gotten gradually used to playing in a more aggressive fashion which ultimately reflects a more confident basketball style.
Las Vegas Summer League was a great opportunity for JD to show their offensive skills. It was widely discussed that JD was one of the best players on the floor during the tournament. In Celtic’s fourth game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Davison added 28 points to the 108-91 victory.
Boston’s Summer League coach Ben Sullivan pointed out that Davison is far more advanced than an average rookie player, JD impressed Sullivan with his playmaking, vision, and ability to control the floor.
JD’s Extraordinary Athletism
Davison is a fast-paced player, quick to act, quick to pass, and has the ability to electrify the crowd. Players and teams that entertain add an extra layer of depth to the game of basketball. Davison is one of them.
JD’s dazzling athletic form makes him a player that moves the ball fast. He has a remarkable tendency to make quick decisions and performs well under pressure.
He averages 88% in assists rate, 99 percentile in passing numbers, and 6.5 assists per 75 possessions. Yes, it has its downside as he is prone to turnovers when failing those assists. However, he is playing with the 17-time-NBA champion, they’ll know exactly what to do with him.
JD Davison has the potential to become an elite vertical player, it is clear and widely discussed he is not there just yet, however, he has convinced us through his consistent work and ability to improve at a high-pace rate that he has the drive, skills, and passion to work hard and claim a spot in the Celtics’ history.