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Boston Celtics Draft Prospects: B.J. Young

Boston Celtics, B.J. Young

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If the Boston Celtics are looking for an explosive scorer at the point guard position this summer, a guy they could draft is Arkansas guard B.J. Young. Only 19 years old, it seems pretty likely that he will declare for the draft as another year in college would only continue to damage his draft stock. He made a mistake not declaring for the draft after his freshman season as his sophomore campaign cost him some money. The team was mediocre and his name wasn’t nearly as nationally relevant as it was during the season prior. Even though his stock has fallen, he still has the skills to be a nice player in the NBA and the team that drafts him has a lot to work with.

Young is an explosive athlete and has great size for the point guard position, standing nearly 6’4 tall. He is a great leaper and also has a pretty solid outside shot, though it still needs improvement. He excels at penetrating to the hoop and drawing contact. He likes to make a living at the free throw line as well. Basically, what we’re saying is that Young can generate his own offense whenever he wants. Initially, he would make for a nice scoring option off the bench and as his career progresses, a long time starter at point guard. He turns the ball over at a high rate and needs to correct that flaw. His game is similar to Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis when he first entered the league.

The Boston Celtics will heavily scout this upcoming draft and don’t be surprised if Young is a name you hear a lot of if he does declare for the draft.


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