JD Davison Caps Off Summer League Play With Another Strong Game
After showing flashes of first-round level talent in his win against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, JD Davison wrapped up his 2022 Summer League with another solid performance on Saturday. He dropped 17 points, six rebounds, and ten assists, securing his second straight double-double, in the Boston Celtics' 102-95 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Before his Summer League debut, Davison signed a two-way contract with the Celtics which allows him to play 50 regular season games with the team, as well as participate in other team activities as an inactive player, such as practice and traveling. When he is not playing with the actual team, Davison will be playing with Boston's G League affiliate team, the Maine Celtics.
For the past two seasons, two-way players didn't have a limit on the number of games, including playoff games, that they could play in a season with their regular NBA team due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "Players on two-way contracts are eligible to be activated up to 50 of the 72 regular season games this season." This means that along with the 50-game limit in the regular season, two-way players will not be allowed to participate in the postseason with their regular NBA teams unless their contract is changed to a full-time roster spot contract.
Davison's first three games of the Summer League were far from perfect, especially on the scoring end, resulting in 20 combined points on 6-of-24 shooting, while also having 13 rebounds and 21 assists in total.
He bounced back in his final two games though, combining for 45 points on 17-of-29 shooting, 11 rebounds and 20 assists, shaking off a lot of the doubt that he got early in his time at the Summer League, as well as possibly shushing critics who believed that he shouldn't have left college for the pros or that the Celtics shouldn't have drafted him. Davison also finished Summer League play off strong by leading every player for average assists per game with 8.2.
Before their finale against the Nets, the Celtics were 3-1 in Summer League play, winning the latter three of those four games. However, they were still not able to make the championship game due to the tiebreaker between all seven of the 3-1 teams being point differential, leaving the New York Knicks and the Portland Trailblazers to advance to the championship.
Davison and Boston can now look ahead to the rest of the off-season as he works to earn a consistent spot on the roster while the team prepares to defend their Eastern Conference title next season.