LOOK: JD Davison Experiences Boston’s Most Beloved Tradition
Former Alabama guard JD Davison has officially shipped out to Boston, Mass., and is getting familiar with his new home in the most Boston way possible: a duck boat tour.
The Alabama native joined the One Love Sports Academy and G.R.O.W. youth group on a city tour of Boston in a duck boat, the same boats used for championship parades by Boston's professional sports teams.
The tradition that seems annual at this point started after the New England Patriots won its first Super Bowl in 2002. Since then, duck boats have been used for 12 parades in the last 21 years.
"What happened to be a helpful solution to crowd control for our fanatical Boston sports fans, turned into a time honored tradition spanning over a decade and 2 Boston mayors. In 2002, we started the first Rolling Rally with the Patriots parade at the Hynes Convention Center. It ended at Boston City Hall with a celebration for all the players, owners and staff."
"The DUCKs were a perfect fit as a victory parade vehicle. They were originally used as Army vehicles and had great back decks. This way, the players could stand on and wave to the crowds below. It was close enough to get these players right up to their fans. But, also far enough to keep them from being mobbed by the crowds," says the Boston duck tours website.
The former freshman starter was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Draft, as the No. 53 pick overall last Thursday.
Davison could have gotten a look into his future, as he joins a stacked Celtics squad that went 51-31 overall last season, made the playoffs as the No. 2 seed, and appeared in the 2022 NBA Finals where the team fell short of a title to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
According to ESPN's depth chart, Davison is currently sitting at the No. 5 point guard position.