Lost in the excitement around JaVale McGee's vicious jam in Friday's Summer League game was Lester Hudson's impressive buzzer-beater that lifted the Wizards to a win against the Hornets. If you missed it, or just want to see it again, we've got you covered:
Hudson's shot was the exclamation point on what's been an impressive summer league performance for Hudson. Through the first four games, Hudson has averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per game, even though he hasn't received as many touches as players like John Wall, JaVale McGee and Trevor Booker. With the Wizards looking to rebuild with young, cheap talent, it only makes sense for the Wizards to give Hudson an opportunity to compete for a spot in training camp this fall.
Need more reasons to give Hudson an invite to training camp? Here are a few:
Hudson has NBA expereince, but he's not a grizzled veteran either. He was taken with the 58th pick in 2009 NBA Draft by the Celtics and spent the 09-10 season between Boston and Memphis. Though he didn't play many minutes (131 in total), he knows his way around the league and his experience in a winning environment like Boston's can only be a good thing for Washington's young core. He's not green, but he's still young and has some room for development.
He has an all-around game. Generally, when you think of a combo guard, you think of one-dimensional scorers who live and die by their shot. That's not the case with Hudson. Although he can certainly put up points (he was second in nation in scoring in 2008-09, behind some fella by the name of Stephen Curry) he knows how to contribute in other areas as well. In 2007, Hudson became the first player in NCAA history to record a quadruple-double, scoring 25 points, and chipping in 12 assists, 10 rebounds and 10 steals.
- Did I mention he has an awesome nickname? With Tough Juice in Dallas, I think Done Ruthless automatically becomes the best nickname owned by a member of the Wizards. Hopefully, he can retain that status as the team prepares for the 2010-11 season.