After the NBA draft, the Boston Celtics’ chief of basketball operations spoke to the media about their choice, lack of motion on draft night time, and different upcoming unofficial selections that lie in Boston’s future.
The Celtics picked Alabama guard J.D. Davison with the 53rd general decide. Stevens spoke in regards to the choice, praising Davison’s explosion and playmaking business.
“He’s a guy we’ve seen all year. He has the ability to get into the paint and make plays and has a few things he’s going to have to improve, but he’s a good competitor,” Stevens mentioned of the guard for a yr out of Alabama.
Davison averaged 8.5 factors, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in capturing 46.3% from the sector and 30.1% in capturing from behind the three-point line.
Stevens talked about that although the Celtics did not present up for Davison for observe, they have been watching him all yr. He mentioned that due to that, they perceive his strengths and weaknesses very effectively.
“We’ve spent a lot of time exploring it personally this year…we’ve seen many live matches as a crew,” Stevens mentioned. “We are well versed in who he is, what is brought to the table, and what needs to be worked on.”
Moreover praising the 19-year-old’s robust fits, Stevens made reference to Davison’s youth.
“He’s had some great games and he’s also had some games where he looks like a freshman, but he’s always been competing… We think he feels good about getting the ball out of his hands quickly,” mentioned Stevens.
Davison averaged 2.9 turnovers with Crimson Tide, considered one of his foremost weaknesses. It isn’t fairly a dependable processor but, however this sort of factor may develop over time. Moreover, Stevens acknowledged that the Boston Draft “was about finding a man we could invest in and put a lot of time into.”
Stevens additionally spoke about preliminary rumors that Boston may very well be seeking to transfer right into a late first or early second spherical. He mentioned the asking worth for these choices was too excessive for the Celtics to enter into critical enterprise talks.
“The cost of moving was too great for where we were, whether it was in the twenties or even the thirties or forties of the last century, we got a list of men we felt comfortable with and as the day went on, we had two men that were still on our board to choose from.” Stevens revealed.
Rumors swirled earlier than the draft that the Celtics is likely to be keen to drop the bench items in favor of including gamers on the finish of the primary spherical, however in the long run, they determined in opposition to it.
When requested in regards to the resolution, Stevens mentioned that buying and selling helpful property and utilizing TPE just isn’t one thing they wish to do at this second in time.
“We talked about stepping up, but being separated from important players on our team, or using TPEs and other assets, wasn’t something we wanted to do right now,” Stevens mentioned.
Celtics has a slew of TPEs that can be utilized this summer season, together with these value $17.1 million (expires July 18), $9.7 million (expires July 7), and $6.9 million (expires July 7) January 19, 2023).
As a lot as you utilize it, nonetheless, Stevens does not really feel pressured. He mentioned that even when the $17.1 million TPE expires, Celtics are assured they will benefit from different smaller TPEs, all of which will not expire till subsequent yr’s commerce deadline.
Stevens additionally hinted that Boston already has its eyes on some gamers who may match of their TPEs, and whereas they could not have made any strikes on drag night time, there may very well be some pleasure in retailer this summer season.
“We’ve been talking about it for a while. We know who’s a good fit for TPE and who might be available. Now, it’s all about the cost,” Stevens acknowledged. “Tonight we decided we didn’t find anything we were ready to use TPE on. But things are just getting started.”