Getting drafted in the NBA is an opportunity of a lifetime, but when
getting picked way down the ladder at No. 58 overall, many view it as
an opportunity to be a D-League lifer.
Lester Hudson is not among that group and Danny Ainge certainly isn't either.
"Every year there's players picked at No. 58 and they rarely make it. Lester has an opportunity of a lifetime," Ainge told NBA.com. "It really is on him to prove to Coach Rivers that we need him."
The guard from Tennessee-Martin was Boston's lone pick, the third-to-last, in the NBA draft back in June. But don't count Hudson out because for every Uros Slokar and Corsley Edwards, there's an occasional diamond in the rough, such as 1980's 58th overall selection, Kurt Rambis, who was plucked by the Knicks.
"I just want to compete every day, work hard in practice and show Danny [Ainge] that I'm the right guy for the pick," Hudson told NBA.com earlier this month.
only is he battling history, Hudson is going to have to battle back
from an injury sustained this summer. Hudson broke the ring finger on
his non shooting hand in early July, but his agent Lance Young believes
the C's will sign him even if he requires surgery.
isn't all he has to worry about heading into the season either. Youngsters also battling for backup guard roles behind starters Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen are J.R. Giddens (30th overall, 2008), Gabe Pruitt (32nd overall pick, 2007) and Bill Walker, who was originally drafted by the Wizards at No. 47 overall in 2008.
Such competition reminds Ainge
of what he we through as a player on the C's roster and he feels that
the competition within the club will bring out the best in his team.
"I remember when I was playing with the Celtics, every year they would draft a guard because we had a Hall of Fame front line," Ainge
said. "You've got to prove yourself every day. It's no different trying
to win a job on a team that's trying to win a championship."