Brad Stevens Sounds Off on Celtics’ New Rookie, 19-Year-Old Athletic Freak

JD Davison of Alabama, who was just drafted by the Boston Celtics.

Gett JD Davison of Alabama, who was just drafted by the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics did not have a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA draft. However, they added a rookie with their second-round pick, at 53rd overall, to select Alabama guard JD Davison.

Davison, 19, spent just one season with the Crimson Tide. He ended up as a raw prospect, struggling with consistency and falling on draft boards over the course of the year. Still, he chose to remain in the draft and ended up falling to Boston.

During a press conference after the draft, Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens spoke about Davison. He acknowledged the rookie’s flaws but stated that the Celtics loved the way he competed on a nightly basis.

“He had some incredible games, and he had some games where he looked like a freshman. But he’s consistently competed, carried himself well on the court,” Stevens stated.

Brad Stevens on JD Davison: "You can see the upside." | Celtics Post Draft InterviewBRIGHTON, MA — Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens spoke to the media after the 2022 NBA Draft. Boston selected Alabama Point Guard JD Davidson with the 53rd overall pick. —————————————– – #celtics #NBA #CelticsCLNS The CLNS Media Network is the leading provider for video/audio content. CLNS is a fully credentialed member of the…2022-06-24T05:06:18Z

In addition, Stevens got into some of the specifics of Davison’s games, going over the pros and cons of what he brings to the table.

Davison’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Stevens noted Davison’s freakish athleticism as one of his main strengths, as is his ability to get into the paint and make plays for others. Still, Stevens alluded to the fact that Davison was a raw prospect and that there would be areas where he needed to improve.

“Very young, very explosive, that’s pretty obvious. Has the ability to get inside the paint and make plays and has some things he’ll have to improve on, but he’s a good competitor,” Stevens said.

During his one collegiate season, Davison started six games, averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists on 46.3% shooting from the field and 30.1% shooting from behind the three-point line. However, his 3.9 turnovers per game proved to be a real issue, showing that he appeared unable to consistently make smart decisions.

“His performance has some catching up to do” with his talent, The Tuscaloosa News’ Chase Goodbread wrote on April 4. “On some nights, the player the NBA sees shined through: like his season-high 20 points in a win over Gonzaga, arguably Alabama’s signature win of the season. On more nights than not, however, he just looked like a very talented player who could use at least one more year in college.”

Accordingly, Stevens said, the Celtics plan to take their time in developing Davison.

“Tonight was about finding a guy we can invest in and put a lot of time into to,” Stevens explained.

While they only ended up making a pick in Round 2, Boston did explore trades that would have seen them move up in the draft.

Stevens Explains Lack of Draft Trades

When asked about the rumors surrounding potential trade activity on draft night, Stevens admitted that the possibility was there, but the price to trade up was too high for what the Celtics were willing to do.

“We talked about moving up, but parting with significant players on our team, or using our TPEs and other assets, wasn’t something we wanted to do right now,” Stevens explained.

Now, the Celtics will have a long offseason ahead of them to get their roster ready for next season. Davison will likely be on a two-way deal and spend a ton of time with the Maine Celtics (Boston’s G League team). But based on what Stevens said, the Celtics believe he could be an intriguing piece moving forward.

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