NBA scouts are taking notice of another Clippers second-round pick.

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Another Clippers second-round pick is catching NBA scouts’ attention.

In some ways, BJ Boston’s bad luck at Kentucky to start his only season last year turned out to be a huge gain for the Clippers.

Boston had arrived in Lexington as one of the top recruits in the country and a likely Top-5 draft pick, but he quickly fell out of favor as a Wildcat, averaging 11.5 points on 34.7 percent field shooting and 17.5 percent 3-point shooting.

Boston’s stock as an NBA draft prospect plummeted after going 4-8 in those games.

As the season progressed, he improved slightly, but not nearly enough to restore his reputation.

As a result, when the Clippers were negotiating their three-team trade with the Pelicans and Grizzlies for Eric Bledsoe-Patrick Beverley, they were able to instruct Memphis to select Boston, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, with the 51st overall pick.

It could be the steal of the draft, a move with the kind of payoff the Clippers are getting from Terance Mann’s second-round selection in 2019.

Boston showed he was ready for the NBA in his first real minutes with the Clippers on Tuesday night against the Spurs, scoring 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting (2-for-4 on 3-pointers) in his first real minutes with the Clippers.

Boston is attracting the attention of scouts.

Boston had been impressing scouts who had seen him play for Agua Caliente, the Clippers’ G League affiliate, even before his promising outing against San Antonio, according to The Athletic’s John Hollinger, who was previously in the Grizzlies front office.

Many scouts believe Boston is a better prospect than fellow rookie Keon Johnson after seeing Boston play in Las Vegas, according to Hollinger.

“Needless to say, this drew the attention of the league’s scouts (of which there were several), and in speaking with them, it was clear that Boston is already viewed much more positively than the 51st spot in the 2021 NBA Draft,” Hollinger wrote.

“Several scouts have told me that they now prefer Boston to Johnson, who was chosen 31 picks ahead of him.”

Certainly, despite his struggles at Kentucky last season, Boston has demonstrated that he is a confident player.

That was the case during Summer League, when Boston averaged 13.0 points in 24.0 minutes, and again during the preseason, when he was given some opportunities to show what he could do.

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