Re: James Young
posted at 7/30/2014 5:07 PM EDT
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This is the guy that I am intrigued about. I had really liked him in the NCAA championship game. Marcus Smart has the ingredients to be very good. If James Young turns out to be a hit, it will be fantastic.
I hear ya. I only watched him only a few times last year, I thought he was a Soph but he carried KU on his back there for a half and almost pulled it off. Sneaky athletic, quick release and has a controlled aggression to his game, polished game for an 18 yr. old kid. I was surprised by the direction of the selection not the selection, I thought we'd go Euro big.
I see the Celts selecting the best available option with each of the picks. Best meaning best upside. Young was a freshman and is actually really young. I hope that the upside expectations come true and that he becomes truly special. I see the need for a Big but that late picks will be available next year as well. The Celts really need to do well this year so that they can target Marc Gasol.
The "fans" who want the Celtics to tank badly in order to get a lower draft pick don't understand this excellent point. No good free agent will want to sign with Boston if we're pathetic cellar dwellers.
We need to show results and potential this year. We have enough picks to combine them and trade up near the top if necessary. Plus we'll have a ton of CAP space after this year to sign some good FA players which is less of a gamble than the draft and positions the Cs for contenders earlier rather than later.
We don't have enough room on the roster to accommodate all our picks over the next several years.
Early in the season I would not be surprised to see Bass get a lot of minutes positioning him for a Dec. trade. Oly will have to wait to take his minutes.
I see Smart getting 15-20 min at both PG and SG and Young getting maybe 10 min at both SG and SF - both being developed cautiously. and also showcasing Rondo and Green for trades and get lower picks without tanking.
Can you name any teams that have traded down from a top 10 pick to take 2 or 3 picks in the teens and 20s? It doesn't happen very often in the NBA like it might in the NFL or MLB. Of those teams that traded down, how many had better players in the long run from the lower picks?
Better yet, can you name the free agents that the Celtics will get that will make this team a REAL contender? Not a pretender, a Contender. REALISTICALLY now. Don't mention any restricted free agents, or guys on player options or other pipe dream garbage like that. Find guys that are definitely going to be up for grabs, guys that haven't already said that they want to resign with their current team (Aldridge), guys that aren't already on a contending team, cuz those types of guys aren't coming here.
And before you say Marc Gasol, realize that (after Love is traded) he will be the most saught after free agent in the league, and the Celtics will have to compete with 10 or more other teams including The Lakers, Dallas, The Heat, The Knicks, and Memphis who will be able to offer him the most money, and will be a more playoff ready team than the Celtics.
While Danny is trying to woo Gasol, there will be multiple teams wooing Rondo the same way. Good luck with all that! I would rather take my chances on these young guys than waiting for a savior free agent that isn't even out there, and in the meantime Rondo walks to the Knicks or something.