By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on June 15, 2014
Florida Gators center Patric Young has been one of the most consistent players in college basketball for the past few seasons, but can he make the difficult move to the next level? With NBA size and ridiculous athleticism, Young could be a key piece for multiple NBA teams. Here are five teams that should select Young in the 2014 NBA Draft.
With an injury to Festus Ezeli coming back from surgery and Andrew Bogut’s constant injury concerns, the Golden State Warriors could use a solid backup. Young may not be the offensive presence several prospects are in this draft, but he consistently produces on defense, and consistency in the paint is something Golden State needs desperately.
The one thing that the Philadelphia 76ers need the most next to talent is depth, and with all of Philadelphia’s picks, they should be able to take a chance on Young. He’s a fantastic defender and could play valuable minutes as a rookie.
The San Antonio Spurs are looking towards the future, but could benefit from a player like Young. He’s worked well in a “team-first” mentality based system under Billy Donovan at Florida, and should fit into Greg Popovich’s system perfectly.
With Kendrick Perkins needing a new contract, Young could be the perfect replacement. Not likely to take many minutes from Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka, he could be a key bench player while learning under one of the best defense-first players in the game.
The New Orleans Pelicans don’t have any picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, but could get lucky enough to find Young in free agency. New Orleans could use a defensive-minded center to give Davis a break during the course of the season.
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