It’s been 16 years since the Boston Celtics drafted a point guard to be excited about and he technically wasn’t even drafted by the team. However we treat it as if he was and he went on to be one of the best players in team history at his position. That would be Rajon Rondo.
Rondo was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns before being traded to Boston on draft night after Danny Ainge targeted Rondo for years prior to him coming out of Kentucky and Danny wasn’t going to leave the draft without him.
In the 2006 Summer League, Rondo logged 10.4 points, 4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 2.2 steals per game.
The Boston Celtics only had one draft pick to use in 2022 and they spent it on a freshman point guard out of Alabama, JD Davison, and he put on a show in Summer League.
After being drafted at the bottom end of the second round, 53rd overall, Davison averaged 13 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game with .434/ .467/ .857 shooting splits in five games.
Davison became the first Celtics guard to average more than one block per game with 1.2 and his 8.2 assists per game is the third most in Summer League history. He produced 41 total assists in five games while making it look easy.
At the end of Summer League, Davison signed a two way contract with the Celtics. He will spend a majority of his time this season developing in Maine and oftentimes float to Boston.
What was noticeable right off the bat about JD was how calm and cool he is running the point for his team. He doesn’t panic under pressure and more times than not he’s made the right play resulting in a basket.
Brad Stevens’ assessment of Davison’s explosion and play style has been on brand and impressive to see unfold since targeting him in the draft.
Point guard for the Celtics was once a position of power, now it’s a sensitive subject. Davison has the ability to rewrite the narrative of being a point guard for the Boston Celtics.
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