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James Young | Forward

Team: Boston Celtics
Age / DOB:  (19) / 8/16/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 215
College: Kentucky
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The Celtics have seen defensive improvement from James Young.
"James has gotten a lot better defensively too. I've seen that progress too. Even though he missed a few games, I think him playing, what he's been able to do, was still a positive for us," Celtics summer league coach Micah Shrewsberry said. Young's progress has been disappointing and he'll have to prove to everyone that he's worth the investment. He's still just 19 years old. Jul 20 - 9:24 AM

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James Young will begin working out with Kevin Durant over the next few weeks.

The two players share the same agent, and this can obviously only benefit Young's development. "He’s going to be able to start being able to play soon," Young said. "I can’t wait. He’s a great guy, a great offensive player, one of the best players in the league, one of my favorite players growing up. He’s an older guy, he’s been in the league and he’s doing great, and why not learn from somebody who is doing great? It will definitely take my game up to another level, especially confidence-wise, too." Young was pretty disappointing this summer, but hopefully he can turn things around heading into preseason.
Jul 19 - 12:39 PM

James Young (hip) returned to action during Thursday's game vs. Portland, scoring nine points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field.

Young has added some muscle to his frame this summer, but his play has been pretty disappointing so far. He is averaging just 7.8 points per game while shooting 24.0 percent from the field, and he isn't playing with enough aggression. If he doesn't turn things around soon, he could be set to spend some serious time in the D-League this season.
Jul 17 - 9:30 AM

James Young will play in Summer League Thursday night without restrictions, according to Jay King of MassLive.

Now that he's fully healthy, Young will use this valuable Summer League exepericne to make up for what was a lost rookie season. While Young has plenty of upside, a return to the D-League is a very real possibility this season and he's not worth keeping an eye on for fantasy drafts.
Jul 16 - 2:01 PM

Celtics coach Brad Stevens called summer league "important" for James Young's development.

Young, currently sidelined by a hip injury, has no timetable to return to action. "Hopefully he'll get better quickly, but I think these games are important for James," Stevens said. After a forgettable rookie season spent mostly in the D-League, Young faces increased pressure to perform in his sophomore campaign. He's not on the fantasy radar at this time.
Jul 13 - 8:53 AM

James Young (hip) will be evaluated by the Celtics' medical staff on Monday.

Young suffered a bruised left hip during a Summer League game on July 9, and the pain and swelling has yet to go down. Hopefully he's not dealing with something more serious, but we'll be sure to put out an update once more information becomes available. Young has been pretty awful in his three Summer League appearances so far, averaging 7.3 points on 23.1 percent shooting from the field. He won't be worth drafting in standard leagues playing in Boston's crowded rotation.
Jul 12 - 10:36 PM

James Young (hip) will not play vs. the 76ers on Sunday.

Young's injury doesn't sound serious but it's costing him valuable Summer League games which he could be using to develop and gel with teammates. In early June, coach Brad Stevens said, "Summer league will be a big thing for [Young] ... to really gain a lot of momentum heading into next year." In three games so far, Young has averaged 7.3 points on 23.1 percent shooting.
Jul 12 - 2:25 PM

James Young (hip) will not play vs. the Blazers on Saturday.

Young was seen riding a stationary bike at practice on Saturday, but he is hoping to be able to play vs. the 76ers on Sunday. The good news is that the injury is likely very minor, but it's not surprising to see the Celtics exercise caution here. We will have an update on his status on Sunday.
Jul 11 - 1:12 PM

James Young (hip) was riding a stationary bike at practice on Saturday.

Young left Thursday's game vs. the Spurs due to the injury, but the Celtics might just be playing it safe with him. Young has been pretty disappointing during the summer league despite some optimistic reports on his development in recent weeks, so hopefully he can turn things around soon. He has a lot of competition for minutes in Boston, so we don't expect him to have a significant role next season. Young said he is hoping to play on Sunday against the 76ers, so it doesn't sound like he will play against the Blazers on Saturday.
Jul 11 - 12:44 PM

James Young left Thursday's game vs. the Spurs with a left hip bruise, and he will not return.

Young will finish the game with just one point (0-of-4 FG, 1-of-2 FT) and two rebounds to his credit. The injury seems pretty minor, but Young has a lot of competition for playing time in Boston with Evan Turner and Jae Crowder, so it's unlikely he emerges as a standard league asset during his sophomore season.
Jul 9 - 8:03 PM

James Young had a rough night vs. Philly on Tuesday, going 2-of-11 from the field to finish with nine points, one rebound and one steal in 21 minutes.

We've heard nothing but glowing reports about Young's added muscle and improved work ethic all summer, but through two Summer League games he's shooting 23.7 percent and is 2-of-12 from downtown. There's plenty of time for him to turn it around during Summer League, training camp and the preseason.
Jul 7 - 9:28 PM

Celtics executives told James Young after his rookie season that his "work ethic needed to go up," and he's responded by adding 15 pounds of muscle this offseason.

"I didn’t really work out as much [before arriving in Boston]," said Young. "From last year to the draft until now, my work ethic has been getting better." Brad Stevens was pleased with Young's defense vs. smaller players last season and is hopeful that additional strength will also allow him to check small forwards, which could be a key to more playing time.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 21 - 8:51 PM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that he is really excited about James Young's upside.

"James [Young] has some stuff that you can't teach," Stevens said. "And I think James' upside is huge. Like, I'm excited about it. I'm really excited about it." Young has been logging some serious hours in the gym this summer, and he has reportedly added 15 pounds of muscle, has trimmed his body fat and also increased his vertical by three inches. Young had a tough time finding minutes during his rookie season, but he is definitely worth keeping an eye on at summer league.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 18 - 10:14 AM

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that summer league will help James Young build some momentum for next season.

"Summer league will be a big thing for him," Stevens said. "Certainly for Marcus [Smart], too, but I think for James to really gain a lot of momentum heading into next year, I think the 20 days that we’re together from practice to the last game are important." Young battled injuries and never really got a chance to play a lot of minutes during his rookie season, but it's important to note that he is still just 19 years old. It will be interesting to see how much he progresses this summer, but he will have a tough time finding minutes in Boston's rotation next season.
Jun 3 - 9:37 AM

Marcus Smart offered fellow rookie James Young some advice saying that he needs to work harder than he ever has before.

"My advice would be to tell [Young], ‘You’ve got to work harder than you’ve ever worked. This isn’t college anymore. Guys are better than you or just as good as you and they’re always gonna bring someone to replace you if you’re not gonna do what you’re supposed to do, so you’ve got to keep that in mind, that I could be gone at any given time because every year there’s another batch of players coming in.’" Young only made 31 appearances this season and averaged just 3.4 points in 10.7 minutes per game, and it's clear that he is still very raw. Young is still just 19 years old, so he has plenty of time to develop into a solid player. We will track his progress closely at summer league.
May 30 - 10:49 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Marcus Smart
2Isaiah Thomas
3Terry Rozier
SG1Avery Bradley
2R.J. Hunter
SF1Jae Crowder
2Evan Turner
3James Young
4Perry Jones
PF1David Lee
2Jared Sullinger
3Amir Johnson
4Jonas Jerebko
5Jordan Mickey
C1Tyler Zeller
2Kelly Olynyk