2013 NBA Draft: Orlando Magic Should Consider Drafting B.J. Young

By John Raffel
Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic are taking a look at plenty of players they would want to take in the NBA Draft with the late second-round pick, and don’t be surprised if they take B.J. Young of Arkansas.

Young is only 19 but has two years of collegiate experience. His statistics last year has put him on the board for teams like Orlando, trying to figure out their best bet. Last season, he averaged 27.9 minutes, 15.2 points, 3.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game. His 44.9 shooting percentage from the floor was okay, but scouts might be a little concerned that he only shot 22.7 percent in 3-pointers and 66.9 percent in free throws.

There remains some concern that Young didn’t progress much from his freshman to sophomore season. That’s usually not a good sign, and it may be he has nothing left to give an NBA team.

But scouts like the fact that he’s among the best open-out scorers in college basketball and has good quickness in his ability to push the ball up the floor. He’s also able to finish above the rim. He also sees the floor well and scouts are happy with that quick first step and the way he attacks the basket. Scouts also say the he has good defensive potential.

Since the Magic are focusing on youth, Young would be perfect for what the team is trying to do. If they draft him, the Magic will have work with Young and find out how they can get him to fulfill his true potential.

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