Why It’s Too Early for Boston Celtics to Worry About James Young’s NBA Future

July 17th, 2015 by Michael Pina Leave a reply »

LAS VEGAS—This has not been an ideal summer for Boston Celtics guard James Young. He entered the offseason 20 pounds heavier than the day he was drafted. Stronger, faster, more focused and athletic.

It understandably led to unreasonable expectations heading into Boston's participation in the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Would Young’s new body manifest effortless 25-point bombs on a nightly basis? Was the 17th overall pick in last year’s draft (who many believe has lottery talent) evolving into something special much sooner than anyone anticipated? 

The answers? Nope! 

Salt Lake City was a nightmare. Young couldn't buy a basket or affect other parts of the game when his outside shots didn't fall. He didn’t defend all that well or display much offensive depth outside of catching a ball and immediately letting it fly. For all the talk of his bulked-up physique, Young grabbed six rebounds in 60 minutes.

It ended with a hip injury that kept him out of Boston’s first three games (all wins) in Las Vegas. His debut finally came Thursday night in a ...

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