By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on May 17, 2014
Consistently one of the best players in the SEC for the last few seasons, the Florida Gators’ Patric Young is expected to be drafted in the second-round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Although not known for offense, his NBA physique, coupled with his exceptional defensive skills, will make him a hot target for many teams. Here are five NBA teams that could benefit from selecting Young.
The Mavericks are in a position to return to the NBA Playoffs once again next season, but need a go-to-guy and some depth at the center/power forward position. Picking Young late in the second-round could mean that they either get a steal of a starter or a back-up that could make an immediate impact for the team.
The 76ers have one-tenth of the picks in the 2014 NBA Draft and need players at nearly every position. Young could be a later second-round pick that gets quality minutes for this rebuilding Philadelphia squad.
Because the Bulls have a defensive star in Joakim Noah and Young is a defensive mastermind, Chicago could really bring out the best in Young. He could quickly become Noah’s go-to backup.
If there is anywhere on the floor the Lakers MUST improve, it is defensively. Unfortunately, they would have to make a trade in order to fall back into the second round and draft Young.
The Clippers have DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin doing work down-low, but could use some backup to come on to the floor and give them a break. Young could be the perfect fit to come in and work hard; he also has a similar body type to Griffin.
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