JD Davison Player Profile

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I could be wrong, but I assume most Celtics fans were asleep by the time our one draft pick was chosen. Since Boston lost our 2022 first-round pick in recent trades, our sole selection did not come until pick 53. Not having a first-round pick could seem like a write-off of the draft to most, but numerous late picks in recent years have proven to be more than impactful in the right situation. From the 2015 NBA draft to now, a few notable second-rounders include Montrezl Harrell, Pat Connaughton, Norman Powell, Malcolm Brogdon, Dillon Brooks, Monte Morris, Jalen Brunson, Terance Mann, Herbert Jones, and numerous others who have yet to blossom in the league. Most of these guys are not known as “stars” in the league but have proven to have a meaningful impact on teams that play long into the postseason. 

If you are like me, you have a mental list of high school prospects you were high on years before they blew up. This could be from seeing them in person, stumbling across a mixtape on Youtube, or word of mouth. Whether or not they ended up being stars in the league or even drafted, you always thought they had the “it” factor”. A few examples of names on my list are Trevon Duval, Collin Sexton, Jaylen Hands, Seventh Woods, and ironically JD Davison. These guys have ended up in various situations, even countries, but the electricity and tenacity was what stood out to me in their high school years. Davison is an example of a kid who popularized his own play with viral highlights virtually every high school game he played. The in game dunks and high flying blocks the 6’3 guard has the ability to pull off are absolutely ridiculous and seem unreal. In four years at Calhoun High School in Letohatchee, Alabama, he averaged 24.3 ppg, 4.5 ast, and 7.0 reb. Other accomplishments include leading the team to a class 2A state title, making the Jordan brand and Mcdonalds All American games, 2x Alabama Mr Basketball, and Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year. It was to no ones surprise that he was a five star ranking and turned down numerous high major offers and commit to his “hometown” school Alabama. 

During the college preseason, Davison was an expected first round and maybe even lottery pick in the 2022 draft. However, he may not have had the season he and many of us hoped for with the Crimson Tide. Averaging 8.5 ppg, 4.3 ast, 4.8 reb, and 30.1% from three, he only started five of the 33 games in his freshman season. While showing flashes of his athletisicm and developing skill level, the season was not necessarily a write off by any means. This could be the best news for Celtics fans to hear because he ended up falling in to our lap at pick 53. Davison’s play style is one that needs to be developed, but his pure scoring ability and raw athleticism only made the Celtics draft room salivate over his potential. Contributions in the first bit of his career may be minimal for the high profile Celtics, but if the development process goes correctly, there will be multiple teams regretting not taking him sooner. 

What to expect:

The  jaw dropping highlights in the summer league, practice clips, and the court time he sees in the regular season are just the beginning. His defensive and shot making potential will only improve and JD could be a real scoring and energy threat off the bench that the Celtics so desperatly need. Pritchard can score in bunches, but sometimes lacks defense. Grant Williams is close to the opposite as Pritchard, and Davidson may turn in to a perfect hybrid of both while being a fan favorite. In my opinion, the worst case scenario for JD Davison on the Celtics is still good. This is a humble kid who will be many little kids favorite player and will sell jerseys based off of his social media presence and potentially can win the dunk contest annually. If you read this article and think I am bias towards Davison and his athleticism, I suggest you take a minute to search his name on Youtube, which will get you just as excited as I am for this outstanding draft selection.

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  • calebanger

    Former college basketball player, sports enthusiast, and coach. Instagram: @calebanger Email: calbanger21@gmail.com

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