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Introducing Lester Hudson

Lester Hudson

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.

Who is Lester Hudson?

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.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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  1. Introducing Lester Hudson: The NBA draft came and went. We saw the Minnesota Timberwolves draft three point guar.. http://tinyurl.com/lww58k

    Posted by Sports of Boston | June 28, 2009, 2:33 am
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  3. we couldve done a lot worse. dude can score big buckets. only two problems are hes already 24 years old, and he has a classic case of Bill Walker Syndrome, with 27 ACL surgeries on each knee. hopefully he can be as productive in the NBA…..if he sees the court. the 58th pick is a late one, no matter how you look at it.

    and haha, Minnesota is the biggest mess of a team i think ive ever seen. Rubio, perhaps the most overrated player in the draft, wasnt enough. they had to go and get two more PGs. Good luck this year. I hear Rubio doesnt like the cold. Make sure when he comes over from spain, his mom remembers to pack his favorite knit hat. we dont want little ricky’s ears getting red.

    i cant wait to see what they do with Hudson. or Rondo and Ray for that matter. Just because the draft is over, doesnt mean trade possibilities arent.

    Posted by nicky mooo | June 28, 2009, 4:04 pm
  4. [...] Bryant and the West Coast rivals, and finally the shabby draft pick (just the second rounder used to take Lester Hudson), trade rumors are spreading and some might even wonder whether the C’s 17th banner was a simple [...]

    Posted by Reinvention in the Celtics Off-Season | Sports of Boston | June 29, 2009, 8:55 pm
  5. [...] man Nick Fazekas added 13, including 9 straight in the 4th quarter. J.R. Giddens, Gabe Pruitt, and Lester Hudson were the other Celtics’ players to score in double figures. Baylor University star Kevin Rogers [...]

    Posted by Celtics Open Summer League Play With Rout of Jazz | Sports of Boston | July 7, 2009, 5:25 pm
  6. tell ray allen hit me up with dat autography

    Posted by tyrel nowlin | September 4, 2009, 1:51 pm
  7. [...] join camp with the Phoenix Suns. According to the Globe, this news bodes well for second round pick Lester Hudson, who still remains [...]

    Posted by Dickau Chooses Suns Camp, News Bodes Well for Hudson | Sports of Boston | September 26, 2009, 3:31 pm

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