James Young: Boston Celtics Draft Profile

By Eddie Santiago
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Draft combine has come and gone, and so has the NBA Lottery. Now we know that the Boston Celtics will have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

This is going to be a draft profile mostly on what the Celtics can do with the latter of their two picks in the first round. One intriguing prospect to keep an eye on is a sharp shooter out of Kentucky, James Young.

Young was the least heralded of the sensational six that went to Kentucky this year, but one could argue he played the biggest role. If it wasn’t for his shooting and ability to score off the dribble, the Wildcats could’ve been far worse.

Young is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who was second on the team in scoring, only behind the other lottery pick on his team Julius Randle. He averaged 14.3 ppg, and 4.3 rpg. He’s taking advantage while he can. Coming off a great year, followed by a good tournament run, he’s going while he’s hot.

He has a great stroke, although he’ll need to work on his efficiency on the next level. Young shot only 41 percent from the field, and 35 percent from three-point land. With time, and in the right situation, that’ll come.

Young should be able to come in and play right away. He already has an NBA skill that is a necessity in today’s game, and that is shooting. His shooting ability will force defenders to respect him, therefore spacing the floor and creating opportunities for players on his team.

Young isn’t strictly a shooter. He can score off the dribble and create his own shot. Check back to the UConn game when he dunked on four guys. He’s a solid finisher around the rim, and can turn out to be a good long-term investment in the draft.

One NBA comparison to James Young is Dion Waiters. The way these two can get hot and fill it up on any given night is something to get excited about, but they also tend to be very inefficient while getting their points. If Young works on his efficiency, he’ll be a good pro for years to come.

Edward Santiago is a Boston Celtics writer for rantsports.com you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+

You May Also Like