Our exit interview series at 213 Hoops continues with a look at the 2022 season of promising young rookie Brandon Boston Jr.
Years in the NBA: 1
Key Stats: 6.7 points per game, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 14.9 minutes per game with shooting splits of 38.5/30.6/81.9
After a disappointing year at Kentucky, Brandon Boston Jr. ended up slipping to the very end of the second round of the 2021 draft after being projected as a lottery pick out of high school. He was originally drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies and was one of the players the Clippers traded for after initially not having any draft picks.
There weren’t many expectations for Boston heading into the 2021-22 season. Most fans were curious as to how he would translate to the NBA after a bit of rough time in college. He got off to a good start in summer league and showed off both a nice catch and shoot ability as well as solid ball-handling; both traits that could certainly translate to the NBA.
The Boston hype really started to take flight during preseason. He looked comfortable creating his own shot and being able to shoot consistently from the three-point line. His minutes fluctuated but he did get a big opportunity when the Clippers began to get hit with both injuries and COVID-19 related absences. He had several high-scoring games throughout the season and his best performance came against the Boston Celtics in a win in early December when he had 27 points in about 25 minutes of play.
He spent a lot of time with the Agua Caliente Clippers as well and he dominated the G League. He had a 46 point game and gained the opportunity to work on live game reps when there weren’t minutes available with the Clippers.
Future with Clippers
Boston signed a three-year deal with the Clippers last season, so barring any moves, he will be back with the team for 2023. He left no doubt about how his game would translate to the NBA. He was always one of those players who seemed like he would be a better pro than a college player. His strengths of three-point shooting, ball-handling, and shot creation were able to earn him immediate playing time.
Bulking up a bit would help Boston, as would improving his playmaking to where he’s able to recognize when to pass up a shot for a better pass. But the Clipper certainly got a second-round steal and a player that can be in their rotation for years to come.