At this point in his professional basketball career, swingman James Young is exactly as his namesake states - Young.
The 6'6 lefty from Troy, MI, slid down to the Celtics at number 17 in this year's draft. This past draft was especially deep, and while Young was regarded as a top recruit coming into his freshman year at Kentucky, he didn't exactly dazzle in his one season.
In 40 games at Kentucky, Young averaged 14.3 points per game on 41% from the field, 35% from three, and 71% from the foul line. Solid numbers for any newcomer to competetive college basketball, but certainly leaving the feeling of expecting more.
For any basketball purist, or for someone who watches a lot of sports, the eye test is often a measurable attribute to base an athlete's performance on. Young passes the eye test of a pure basketball player.
He's not overly quick and explosive, but instead, glides around the court. There is an ease to his game that makes it seem as if he's only in third gear (Marcus Smart for example is always in sixth gear).
Young has a long ways to go before he raises his game to the level of expectations Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens had envisioned when they selected him.
If he can do things like this on a consistent basis, Celtics fans would certainly be happy.
How will Young's season turn out? Will he compete with Smart for Rookie of the Year? Does he have a shot at supplanting the trio of Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and Gerald Wallace as the top small forward? Or will he be given a vacation up in Maine for the winter?
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