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The NBA draft came and went. We saw the Minnesota Timberwolves draft three point guards, two brothers going in the same draft, and a trade involving Vince Carter. What we did not see was a trade of any sort for the Boston Celtics. Rajon Rondo still remains the starting PG and Ray Allen still occupies the SG position. The Celtics did make one move on last Thursday night, drafting small school prospect Lester Hudson with the fifty-eighth pick in the draft.
The 24-year-old scorer from Tennessee-Martin averaged 28 points per game this past season for the Skyhawks. Although the level of competition was not exactly all that high, Hudson managed to score 20 points in contests against the University of South California and Tennessee. Last season, as matter of fact, Hudson scored 35 points against college basketball powerhouse Memphis.
Although he is very, very under-sized, many believe that he was the second-best shooter in this draft, behind Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks. At 5-11 without shoes and just 6-1 with, Hudson uses his legs heavily in his release on his jump shot. He has a great perimeter game along with a consistent mid-range jump shot. He isn’t all that quick, but he does have the potential to bring the ball up the court.
When looking at Hudson, think Flip Murray. Both players are closely similar. One promising attribute for Hudson is his turnover rate. He rarely, and I mean rarely, turns the ball over. So, as he progresses, this will only help him.
Defensively Hudson is very solid. He has quick turning hips paired with good footwork and solid hands. Hudson forces a good amount of steals and has the ability to be one of the better defenders in this game. Interestingly enough, Hudson never graduated high school and received his GED. However, through hard work, Hudson landed with Tennessee-Martin two years ago. This would explain why he is older than every other rookie in this draft class.
What’s His Role With Boston? Is he a PG or a SG?
Like I mentioned earlier, he can handle the ball. If Doc Rivers decides to stick him at the two spot, he will struggle. He is vastly under-sized and will be out-matched by opposing teams. Then again, the Celtics have had success with Eddie House, who is similar in stature to Hudson. So, you never know how he could turn out. If the Celtics’ plan is to play him at PG, you can kiss good-bye to Gabe Pruitt, in my opinion. His recent run-in with the law and the fact that he cannot see the court do not bold well for the former Trojan.
Hudson is already the age of players who have been in the NBA for four years, so he will be behind. Do I think he will ever average double-digits a game? No. But he can be a deadly shooter off the bench when he is called upon. Maybe the Celtics are trying to find a player who can replace House’s role at a cheaper price tag. If they are, they were smart in drafting Hudson.
Nonetheless, Hudson is an intriguing player with an intriguing story.