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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Teams That Could Benefit From Selecting Kentucky’s James Young

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Teams That Could Benefit From Selecting Kentucky’s James Young

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James Young took a backseat to Julius Randle in his time with the Kentucky Wildcats, but he was an integral part of the Wildcats’ trip to the national championship game. At the next level, Young is expected to be a work in progress who is also capable of coming into a squad and playing valuable minutes almost immediately. Here are five NBA teams that would benefit from selecting Young in the 2014 NBA Draft.

5. Phoenix Suns

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5. Phoenix Suns

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Phoenix isn’t really in the market for a player like Young, but he could be the best player available when the Suns pick. The team is still rebuilding, and Young could find a place in the starting five with a good offseason performance.

4. Atlanta Hawks

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4. Atlanta Hawks

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The Hawks are a middle-of-the-pack NBA team at the moment, but they have enough talent to make it back into the playoffs. Young could give them a much-needed boost, as well as a crucial piece for the future.

3. Chicago Bulls

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3. Chicago Bulls

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The Bulls need someone who can come in and take some of the pressure off of the rest of the team offensively. With Joakim Noah doing work inside and swinging the ball outside, Young could easily be a player who shines for Chicago.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves

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2. Minnesota Timberwolves

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With Ricky Rubio making the plays for Minnesota, the Timberwolves need someone who can step in and take quick shots. Although Young has a lot of his game to work on still, hitting quick shots is something he could come in and do immediately.

1. Boston Celtics

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1. Boston Celtics

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The Celtics are missing a true scorer. With Rajon Rondo returning from injury, Young could shine, as defenders cutting inside to stop Rondo would leave Young more open to play his game.