The steal of the NBA Draft, Brandon Boston Jr. shines in his rookie season

Brandon Boston Jr., LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Brandon Boston Jr., LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

The second round of the 2021 NBA Draft consisted of some serious talent. Both Brandon Boston Jr. and Jason Preston were selected in the second round. The LA Clippers have been known to hit on their second-round draft picks as they selected Terance Mann in the second round of the 2019 NBA draft. With such limited opportunities, Boston made his name known by providing the offense with instant buckets.

Not only is Boston a three-level scorer, but he is also a great defender. Standing at 6’7″, 185 lbs, his physical attributes allow him to be great on both offense and defense. It also helps that Boston has an 82-inch wingspan. We’ve talked about the round he was drafted in and his physical attributes, now let’s dive in to see what makes him so valuable.

Brandon Boston Jr. thrived through his rookie season for the LA Clippers.

As the LA Clippers 2022 season ended early, Brandon Boston Jr. finished the season averaging 6.7 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, and 1.0 assists per game on 38.5% from the field, 30.6% from three, and 81.9% from the free-throw line in only 14.9 minutes per game. Although these stats may not be eye-catching, Boston’s per 36 is very impressive. Boston’s per 36 is 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists attempting a little over 15 shots.

These stats may be great, but that is not it. Boston took advantage of each opportunity he was given throughout the season. As the LA Clippers fought through COVID-19 and an injury-riddled season, Boston was given plenty of opportunities and never failed to impress. On December 8th against the Boston Celtics, Boston posted a career-high 27 points on 9/13 shooting and 5 three-pointers made in only 25 minutes.

Throughout the season, Boston scored 16 or more points five different times. After the LA Clippers added Norman Powell and Robert Covington, Boston’s opportunities were even more limited. Boston played a few games in the G-League throughout the season. In the G-League, Boston averaged 20 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 4.0 assists per game on 45.8% from the field and 31.3% from three.

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It is always hard for rookies to get opportunities on championship-caliber teams. The LA Clippers are stacked with wing players all across the roster. This makes it extremely difficult for a second-round pick to make a name for themselves. After watching Boston throughout the season, it is safe to say that his potential is through the roof. Boston’s skillset and the way he approaches the game are ridiculously good. It is only a matter of time before Boston becomes a star in this league.