With the 58th pick in the draft the Celtics select…..Lester Hudson.
Hudson is a 6-3, 190lb shooting guard who averaged 27.5 ppg for Tennessee-Martin.
Strengths (according to NBADraft.net):
(over 25 ppg) … Has a quick first step and a killer crossover
allowing him to blow by defenders and get into the paint … Does a
good job of creating baskets for himself and others … Has precision
passes for ally oops even from well beyond the three point arc …
drives exceptionally well, with defenses collapsing on him … Has a
great shot off the dribble, and is able to hit it going straight up or
fading away … Has a terrific body for a point guard with size, length
and strength … Can put points up in a hurry. Advanced mid-range game
… Shows excellent vision and passing ability … A great defender. A
bigtime ball hawk, fourth in the nation in steals … Shows great
anticipation and his quick hands and feet make him a tremendous on ball
defender … Gets good lift on his shot and shows a solid shooting form
… An excellent shooter with 3-point range and consistency on his
shot. Shoots threes at a high volume and great efficiency … His form
and strength should allow him to step back 5 feet and hit the pro three
with consistency in time … His body strength allows him to finish
after contact, play physical and also helps his range … Knocks down
free throws at a high percentage >80% … Solid rebounder for his
position. Plays bigger than 6-3 with his long wing span … Unlike many
prolific scorers, Hudson is unselfish getting teammates involved
offensively, creating easy baskets for them … Clutch player who comes
up with big shots when his team needs them … Highly competitive …
just one season of Div 1 under his belt at UT Martin … Playing in the
Ohio Valley Conference, his exploits are questioned … It's tougher to
project him for the next level playing against lesser players … Ends
up playing off the ball a bit because hes so effective scoring … He
shows quality passing and ball handling ability, but can he run a team?
…Must develop his point guard instincts, controlling tempo and
overall PG duties … Still needs to prove himself as a floor general.
Very creative passing the ball, but will need to cut down on turnovers
… Not incredibly explosive. He's a strong athlete without question
but is quicker and stronger than he is explosive … Will turn 24 in
August, which diminishes his intrigue some … His long road to Div 1
basketball is a story of perseverance, but also leaves scouts with
cause for concern … Having lacked structure and discipline for a few
years following high school, Hudson appears to be a changed man with a
new found maturity …
According to ESPN, Hudson recorded Division I's first-ever quadruple-double: 25 pts, 12 rebs, 10 asst, 10 steals.
For more on Hudson, check out this article from ESPN.com from 2008.