NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Kentucky G/F James Young
|05.16.14 at 9:00 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.
Weight: 215 pounds
Key 2013-14 stats: 14.3 points, 34.9 3PT%, 46.9 2PT%
Scouting report: Highly recruited out of high school, Young failed to meet the expectations set for him at Kentucky. However, he still managed to prove his potential as a go-to scorer with some terrific performances, including his 20 points game in the national title game.
The 18-year-old’s greatest potential comes as a spot-up shooter or as a “triple threat.” Young has great perimeter shooting mechanics, with a fast release and a long wingspan, which allows him to get shots off cleanly. Even though Young lacks high-end athleticism and advanced dribbling moves, he has the potential to be a scorer driving to the basket, as he showed in flashes throughout the season.
Young is an extremely poor defender and rarely stayed in his stance, often appearing disinterested about defending. Pre-draft interviews will be important to determine his willingness to play hard on that end of the floor; players with Young’s offensive skill-set are a dime a dozen, but the ones that can defend even at an average level manage to stick in the league.
A prospect like Young would benefit greatly from time spent learning the game in the D-League. Considering his raw abilities on both ends of the floor, being thrust into action may only stunt his development. But as the fourth-youngest player in the draft, Young has ample time to progress his skills and take advantage of his ideal body for an NBA wing.
How he fits: Young is so far away from making an impact in the NBA that it’s hard to see the Celtics selecting him. Even though the potential is there for him to be a quality scorer, the C’s have said they plan on being competitive next season and Young wouldn’t be able to immediately contribute.
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Video: Here is a video of Young’s 2013 performance against Michigan State.