Chicago Bulls Draft Profile: James Young

By Kristen Fazio
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Kentucky‘s James Young is one of the little talked about prospects of the 2014 NBA Draft, but as a shooter, he may be a potential target of the Chicago Bulls.

Shooting guard has been a problem for the Bulls in recent years, going through players such as  Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, Rip Hamilton and Marco Belinelli before starting Jimmy Butler last season. Butler is a solid player and an elite defender, but he struggles to score and shoot the three.

Young is projected to go anywhere from late-lottery to the middle of the first round. The Bulls have the No. 16 and 19 picks but aren’t expected to use both of them. At 18 years old and at 6-foot-6, 215 pounds with a 7-foot wingspan, Young has a world of potential.

His defensive ability isn’t there yet, but with a little coaching and development he could become a solid defender. He was Kentucky’s designated scorer and can create his own shot to finish around the basket. His athleticism won’t jump out at you and his ball-handling skills need help, especially his right hand (Young is a lefty).

The words ‘potential’  and ‘upside’ cannot be stressed enough when talking about Young. Seen as a shooting guard in the NBA, he has the skills and intangibles that you look for in a player; he just hasn’t put it all together yet. Once he does, he could be a star.

Young was also overshadowed by a Kentucky team that was filled with stars such as Julius Randle and Andrew and Aaron Harrison. When Kentucky needed a basket, Young didn’t shy away from the moment.

Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from three.

The Bulls are likely looking for an immediate impact shooter such as Nik Stauskas or Gary Harris, but Young might be worth the wait.

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