When Brandon Boston Jr. got to campus last summer before the 2020-21 season, expectations were through the roof for what his ceiling could be.
A former top-five prospect, it seemed likely that he would wind up being a lottery pick, with some even thinking he could crack the first five picks in this year's draft if he showed out in Lexington.
Well, we all know how the story goes, as Boston unfortunately didn’t have that highlight season many were expecting. In the end, however, he did make it to the league by being drafted 51st overall to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Now, Boston has signed his first professional contract, which is reportedly a two-year deal worth $2.5 of guaranteed money, as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic. The deal also includes a third-year team option.
Boston inking a guaranteed second-round deal is huge, as these deals typically have very little guaranteed money, if any at all. He also made some history with this deal, as you can see Kevin Smith report below.
BJ Boston is getting $2.5 million guaranteed in his deal with the LA Clippers, sources tell @spotrac.— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) August 9, 2021
That's the most guaranteed money in history for a draft pick in the 50s that didn't spend time as an overseas draft-and-stash before coming to the NBA.
Just from this contract alone, it is obvious that the Clippers coaching staff and front office believe in Boston. This investment should pay off in the long haul, as he comes into a great situation where he will have the time to develop and not be asked to come be a star immediately.