Boston Celtics: Summer League assignments for JD Davison

Boston Celtics guard JD Davison (3) Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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The debut of the Boston Celtics entry into the Las Vegas Summer League is hours away from tipping off on Saturday evening. And much of the attention will be on 2022 second round pick, JD Davison.

The idea behind selecting Davison makes sense. Players selected that late in the draft rarely make the NBA. So Boston took a prospect with a high ceiling, despite his uneven, lone season at Alabama. But after being two games away from winning an NBA championship, wouldn’t it make sense to try and find a player that could contribute in an area of need?

Still available with the 53rd selection was Jabari Walker, a power forward from Colorado known as a solid defender and rebounder. Considering how the Celtics struggled on the glass at times against the Golden State Warriors, a switchable big man defender that could help on the boards was exactly what Boston could use.

Why J.D. Davidson was so intriguing for the Boston Celtics

But Davison’s potential was too appealing to pass up. His athleticism as a point guard is impressive. He has the ability to operate a pick-and-roll smoothly. He likes to play up-tempo. If Davison’s poor shooting for the Crimson Tide was just an aberration, he could be a great addition to the roster in a year or two.

The best thing for Davison is that there will be plenty of minutes available to him. Yam Madar is playing for the Israeli national team, so he won’t play in the Summer League. This will be Davison’s stage to give us a taste of what he is capable of. Along the way, I hope to see a few specific skills from him: