NBA Position: SF,
H: 6'7, W: 223, Age: 24
First, his age definitely limits his upward potential. A 24 year old isn't likely to come into the NBA and grow by leaps and bounds going forward. That's not to say there is no room for improvement, any prospect going into the league will improve over the first couple years by adjusting to the league, but his skills are probably where they are.
There is some upside to that though. Young comes in a strong, filled
out, NBA ready body. He has experience plays well within his
limitations and should be a contributor from day one which isn't
something likely to happen with most picks going late in the first
He's a decent spot up shooter. Whether he can develop NBA range with
practice will go a long way towards telling how valuable a role player
he could be on the next level. He doesn't shoot well off the dribble
particularly well or use the pull up jumper. He's best at shooting
in a catch and shoot situation.
When driving, Young can be effective when he has space initially.
This happened frequently when Blair was getting tons of attention in
the post. Once he starts his drive, he can use his strength and size
to finish well and attack the basket aggressively. In these situations
where he only needs to use one or two dribbles and doesn't need to do
anything fancy he's proficient with both hands.
However, Young struggles to take guys off the dribble when set up in a
pick and roll or in isolation. In situations where he has to do more
extensive ball handling, he isn't as capable and doesn't find much
success creating separation or getting past his man. As a very poor
isolation player, it's unlikely that he'll be a shot creator at the
next level. He's best working as an off the ball piece and a minor
part of the offense.
While it's unlikely to be used, it's worth mentioning that he's a very
solid post up player. Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine a 6'7 player
posting up frequently at the NBA level. Another strength is his
transition play. He makes good decisions when he has the ball and is
a capable finisher when on the wing.
He's somewhat of a black hole as a player. Given that he's not a
shot creator, he's going to be shooting a large percentage of the time
he touches the ball on kick outs.
He was a solid rebounder and should be very good for a wing rebounder
at the next level. While he did spend a good chunk of time at PF in
college which inflated his rebounding totals vs other small forward
candidates, he's definitely a three at the next level.
Defensively, Young is solid. He stays in front of his man and
displays nice lateral quickness while doing so. His primary impact in
the NBA will have to be defensively, because his offensive game is
pretty rough around the edges.
How well his defense translates and how well he learns to shoot the NBA
three will go a long way towards defining his career. Young has the
potential to be the guy every team wants, the guy who shoots threes and
plays tight defense and doesn't demand many looks in the offense other
than kick outs while spacing the floor.
If he can successfully be that guy he'd be an extremely valuable
addition to any team. If he can't improve his range and three point
percentages or his defense doesn't translate to the next level then he
could also be a guy who's not long for the NBA.