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Going into the 2009 NBA Draft, Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics had very low expectations. The franchise only had one selection that year and it didn't help that the pick was the 58th overall. But that's the price you have to pay when you trade draft picks for established talent in years prior. Had Ainge not traded for Kevin Garnett, the Minnesota Timberwolves wouldn't have had the Celtics' 28th overall pick. Plus, without KG that pick could have both remained in Boston and been a lottery selection. 

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Draft: 2009
Picks: (2)58

(2)58. Lester Hudson, PG Tennessee-Martin

To say that there were slim pickings by the time the Celtics went on the clock would be a severe understatement. However there was one guy that had a very intriguing history as a college basketball player and that man was Lester Hudson.

Hudson is probably best known as being the first player in NCAA Division I history to record a quadruple-double. It was in a game against Central Baptist College that the point guard scored 25 points, snatched 12 rebounds, dished out 10 assists, and came away with 10 steals. You could consider Hudson's feat a result of luck but, honestly, it was anything but. 

Sure, the quadruple-double was easily the peak moment of his college career but he also recorded a triple-double, 8 double-doubles, and eleven 30-plus point games in his first season at UT Martin. Yes, you read that correctly, Hudson did all of that in a single season. 

Ultimately, he would finish the year ranked 5th in the nation in points per game (25.7), fourth in steals (2.8), and tenth in three pointers made per game (3.8). Posting numbers like these isn't an easy thing to do by any means. Clearly both the talent and ability were there for Hudson. 

However, to the surprise of few, Lester Hudson never panned out. He struggled to find the court and when he did the results were less than impressive. In just about half a season with the Celtics, Hudson appeared in 25 games and averaged 2.3 PPG, 0.5 APG, and 0.3 SPG. He would later be waived by the team on January 6, 2010. 

Summary

While it'd be a mistake to read too far into this draft choice it still has to be considered as a complete and utter failure. After all, despite his gaudy numbers in college, there was a reason why he fell so far in the draft. I don't want to take anything away from his accomplishments but it's not as if he was going up against top tier talent night in and night out. Before I researched Hudson I had only heard of UT Martin a handful of times and this was the very first time I had heard of Central Baptist College. 

The only other player still available at 58th overall that I would consider a better choice would be Alonzo Gee. Gee went undrafted but he has still managed to become a serviceable starting wingman for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Of course he wouldn't have been a starter on this Celtics roster but he could've made for a decent option off of the bench. 

It's not Danny's fault but this draft was just simply no good.

Grade: F

 


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