LA Clippers: Brandon Boston Jr. continues to show he will be steal of draft

Brandon Boston Jr., LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Boston Jr., LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

When Brandon Boston Jr. was drafted by the LA Clippers, it was seen as a low-risk, high-reward move.

It was puzzling as to how nobody else beat us to the punch.

Did Boston unfortunately have a disappointing year for Kentucky last year? Admittedly, he did. However, so did so many of the players over there.

That one year doesn’t define Boston as a player. Just a year ago people were looking at him as a top prospect in the NBA before he had even set foot on a college court. Getting Boston back to Southern California, where he dominated at Sierra Canyon High School, has made the Clippers look like geniuses so far.

Brandon Boston Jr. has been explosive so far in the preseason for the LA Clippers.

Brandon Boston Jr. has been showing off impressive handles, good shooting, and a great feel for playmaking in the first two preseason games for the LA Clippers.

In game 1 of the preseason, Boston started and reached double digits on just seven shots, and recorded four boards in 20 minutes.

In Game 2, he nailed two of five threes in his role off the bench, scoring 20 points in just 24 minutes. He already showed so much improvement from Game 1 to Game 2, despite coming off of the bench and only playing four more minutes. He even grabbed seven boards in Game 2, and is yet to miss a free throw this preseason (nine of nine).

He’s hit three of eight three-point shots, and has wowed the fans with highlight-reel type plays.

Boston has been scoring off of his own dribble, and that’s massive for the Clips. He was a guy who could go out and manufacture his own bucket in high school, and the Clippers are seeing that again in the preseason.

This pick was a low-risk move due to him being outside of a top 50 selection. Boston is certainly not looking like a 51st pick, and has already showcased great moves in his ballhandling, using lots of hesitation to create space.

The best part about what is being seen from Boston, however, is his aggression. He’s not afraid of the bigger stage, and is supremely confident. He took 19 shots in 24 minutes on Wednesday. That makes for 26 shots in 44 minutes this preseason.

Even when he didn’t have his best overall shooting night on Wednesday (6 of 19), he still impacted the game in a huge way and showed that he has a good feel for getting to the line.

Boston is shifty with the basketball. He can drive too, and I can’t wait to see him find opportunities to slash this season. He’s only going to get better and better, as he gets to learn from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

There’s very few situations a 19-year-old kid could be in that would be better than where he’s at right now; back home with two of the best wings in basketball to learn from. He’s going to be coached by arguably the best coach in basketball too. It’s early, and Boston of course can’t be crowned of anything yet.

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One thing’s for sure, however. That is that if Boston continues to show this ability, and he continues to develop, he’ll have many General Managers around the league regretting not taking him seriously in the draft.