The Celtics hung on to the second of their two first round selections and grabbed Kentucky swingman James Young, an 18-year old, 6’8″ shooter/scorer who lit it up for the Wildcats in their run to the National Championship game back in March. Young projects as being able to play both the 2 and the 3 and should give the Celtics some much needed scoring punch. The Cs apparently were thrilled he was around at No. 17.
Stevens: “James’ MO is that he’s always been a scorer. We felt he is a very undervalued scoring wing. We were surprised he was available.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 27, 2014
Here are a few items of interest about Young:
— Once thought of as a potential lottery pick, Young slid perhaps in part due to a car accident that cost him a few workouts. He averaged 14.3 points and 32.4 minutes per game in his only season at Kentucky.
— At his size, he could create some serious matchup problems at shooting guard on both ends of the floor.
— As a Wildcat, he was known as a consummate slasher who could get to the rim and score with ease.
— Young could stand to improve his jumper, having shot just 40.7 percent last year, although his 34.9 percent from three-point range is a pretty impressive number.
— He posted team high point totals in both of Kentucky’s Final Four games, suggesting he has a penchant for showing up in big games.
— Given his athleticism and scoring ability at such a young age, he has tremendous upside.
Should the Celtics keep him and he develops as they hope, he could be the heir apparent to Jeff Green as their starting small forward for the foreseeable future.