Boston is the second Kentucky Wildcat to be drafted in the 2021 NBA Draft. LEXINGTON, Kentucky (WKYT) – Brandon from Kentucky On Thursday, Boston had to wait longer than expected to hear his name called in the NBA Draft. The Memphis Grizzlies drafted Boston 51st overall before trading him to the Los Angeles Clippers.
He is the first Kentucky player selected with a pick owned by the Clippers. The Grizzlies acquired the pick from Los Angeles in exchange for Mike Conley Jr..
The 6-foot-7 forward/center played four seasons for UK and was named First Team All-SEC this year after averaging 16.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.04 blocks per game. He also led the Wildcats to the 2018 NCAA Tournament title game where they lost to UMBC.
After going unselected in the 2019 NBA Draft, Boston decided to forgo his remaining years of college eligibility and enter the draft. He was able to secure himself a spot on an NBA roster as a 21-year-old rookie by being one of eight players invited to play in the two-day training camp held this summer in Lexington.
The other seven players are expected to be announced at a later date.
In July, it was reported that Boston had declined his invitation to attend the training camp.
On Thursday night, the Boston Celtics picked G. Juhann Begarin of France with the 45th choice in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft. Within the present administration, the Celtics are in a state of instability. Danny Ainge has stepped down, and Brad Stevens is now in charge of basketball decisions. It is possible that could change at any time.
The Celtics selected Begarin with the hope he will one day become their point guard. Currently, he plays for Paris Basket Club and is expected to start next season there. Begarin has American citizenship, so he can play here after one year. He is a 6'3" (1.90 m) tall shooting guard/small forward who plays with Euroleague team Panathinaikos. He turned 19 years old earlier this month.
Begarin played only five games last season because of injury, but still managed to average 14.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. Before getting injured, he was considered one of the top 10 prospects in Europe. His current salary is about $75,000. The Celtics offered him a two-year contract worth about $5 million.
In conclusion, the Celtics chose Begarin because they believe he will one day be their point guard. They think he can help them immediately by providing scoring off the bench.
The Celtics of Boston The club drafted James Young. The 25-year-old shooting guard attended the University of Kentucky before being selected 17th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played only 49 games during his three seasons with the Wildcats, due to a series of injuries.
Young's best season was 2013-14, when he averaged 14.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for UK. He was named to the All-SEC First Team after that campaign.
The Celtics traded their original first-round pick (No. 19) as well as their second-round selection (No. 47) to the Sacramento Kings in order to acquire the right to draft Young. The Kings used those picks to take Duke center Jahlil Okafor.
Young signed a two-year contract with the Celtics in July 2015. He will make $3 million in 2016-17 and $3.5 million in 2017-18.
In 91 career games (80 starts) with Boston, Los Angeles and Sacramento, he has averages of 7.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.
The Marlins got their second shot at him on Monday afternoon, selecting him in the fourth round (118th overall) in the 2021 Draft. Miami rewarded Allen, who had already been selected twice (in the 2017 and 2019 Drafts), for returning to Starkville and acting as though he had anything to prove. He's still pretty much unproven, but the Marlins liked what they saw enough to take a chance on him again.
In 2012, when he was just a high school junior, Allen was arrested for armed robbery with a firearm. He used a gun that had been given to him by his older brother, who had found it under the couch in their home. Tanner said that he and his friend were "just having some fun" with the gun when it went off, shooting a boy in the leg. The pair then took the boy's cell phone, money, and backpack, and ran away from the scene. Allen claimed that he did not know the gun was loaded, but investigators believed otherwise. He agreed to plead guilty to avoid more serious charges, such as manslaughter and felony possession of a weapon, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released after serving three-and-a-half years of that sentence.
When asked about whether or not he would change his identity if given the chance, Allen said no. He also refused to talk about the incident that led to his arrest, saying only that it was a "private matter."
The 7'1" center played only one season at Baylor after spending four years playing overseas.
Begarin is the first international player drafted by the Celtics and the first Frenchman to be selected in an NBA Draft. He will not be able to play for the Celtics for at least a year due to the rule that requires players under contract in other countries to wait one year before they can be drafted by American teams.
He will be able to play right away in Europe, where many young players try out for EuroLeague teams and others play in national leagues. In Begarin's case, his goal will be to earn a spot on the French National Team so he can compete at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The last French player chosen in an NBA Draft was Tony Parker in 2003. Before that, Charles "Cousy" Billups was selected third overall by the Denver Nuggets in 1995. Parker and Billups both played for the San Antonio Spurs.
NBA drafts (No. 2 / Pick: 56) Amir Johnson Johnson was taken by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 2005 NBA draft, making him the final direct-from-high school player drafted before the NBA's 2006 rule requiring American players to be at least one year away from their high school class. Johnson played one season for Detroit, averaging 4.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 66 games before being traded to the Boston Celtics.
He then went on to play four seasons for Boston, becoming a fan favorite for his energy on both ends of the court. In 2009-10, he averaged 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting.474 from three-point range. The following season, he started more games (36) than he had in any other season of his career and led all rookies with 5.6 blocks per game. He also scored in double figures 26 times and grabbed at least 10 rebounds on 21 occasions.
Amir Johnson was born on July 1st, 1984 in Toronto, Ontario. He attended St. Michael's College School in Toronto, where he played varsity basketball throughout high school. The Detroit Pistons selected him with the 56th pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He immediately signed with Detroit and played only one season there before moving on to Boston. He has since returned to Detroit and is currently playing for the team in the 2016-17 season.