It is often forgotten just how young James Young really is. Entering his second season in the NBA he has only just turned 20 years old.
His athleticism is scary good, and although he struggled with his shot in his rookie season, as many shooters do in the league, he shone when assigned to the D-League.
Obviously the jump from the D-League to the NBA is huge, but it was important for Young to get some court time and confidence last season instead of being stuck deep on the bench with Boston.
Young played in 31 NBA games last season and shot only 35.3% from the field and 25.8% from beyond the arc.
Over the course of the preseason it appears that rookie R.J. Huner has overtaken Young in the battle for minutes at the two-guard spot. For Young to take steps forward this season and force Stevens to give him minutes he will need to improve his defence and be ready to knock down shots when called upon. Staying ready is extremely important for Young.
Even if Young struggles again this season I won’t be calling for the Celtics to give up on him. He has too much talent and in reality would only be in third season at college level if he had stayed at Kentucky.