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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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James Young said he is looking forward to playing with Rajon Rondo this season.
There are a couple problems here. Young is probably not going to start the year in the rotation, and Rondo may not be on the team by the time the rookie is ready to contribute. He is not worth drafting in almost any league. Sep 12 - 1:36 PM
Source: NBA.com

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James Young is expected to only have a limited impact with the Celtics this season, according to several team beat writers.

He recently turned 19 years old and he's very raw offensively, so Young probably won't be cracking the rotation. He's a good bet for several trips to the D-League and it does help to have Brad Stevens as his coach considering all his NCAA experience. Young is off the radar in most formats.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 22 - 11:00 AM

Celtics rookie James Young (concussion) said that he's "good to go" after missing the entirety of Summer League.

Young suffered whiplash and a minor concussion in a car accident shortly before the draft, but it was never considered serious and his absence at Summer League was mostly a precaution. The 18-year-old swingman was inefficient with Kentucky (40.7 percent shooting) and he'll need a while to adapt to the NBA. With Jeff Green and Avery Bradley locked into the starting lineup, fantasy owners should watch Young develop from afar.
Source: USA Today
Jul 29 - 4:14 PM

Danny Ainge has ruled out rookie James Young (neck) for the remainder of the Summer League.

"He'll be fine in a couple of weeks. Maybe a week," said Ainge. Young was involved in a car accident last month that gave him whiplash and concussion-like symptoms. This is just the team playing it safe with one of their lottery picks and not much should be read into this. Young should be fine heading into training camp.
Jul 7 - 5:51 PM

James Young (neck) is unlikely to play in Monday's game in Orlando vs. the Pacers.

He was in a car accident last week and it's caused him some neck pain. The injury is not too serious and he is still with the team. Young has been able to do some light shooting while at practice, but he may miss the entire summer league. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues.
Jul 7 - 10:39 AM

James Young (strained neck) isn't practicing and the Celtics will soon decide whether to rest him for the duration of the Orlando Pro Summer League.

The injury stems from a minor car accident he had a few weeks ago, but the Celtics have downplayed the severity of the injury. Young is a versatile swingman who played impressive defense while at Kentucky, and he should be able to carve out minutes at SG and SF as an NBA rookie.
Jul 6 - 3:33 PM

James Young (neck) did some light shooting on Friday with the Celtics.

He is not expected to play in Boston's Orlando Summer League game vs. the Magic. His status is still up in the air for the entire event due to a minor car accident this week, but it's more of a day-to-day issue. The 17th pick in the draft will compete for a spot in the rotation this summer.
Jul 4 - 6:29 PM

James Young (neck) may not play in the Orlando Summer League, according to Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

The Celtics are taking every precaution with their 2014 first-round pick as he recovers from a minor pre-draft car accident. Stevens added that Young is doing some non-contact drills, but his status for summer league is still up in the air. Young has some work to do on his shot and missing summer league won't do much to help with that, so fantasy owners may want to take a pass on him in anything but the deepest of leagues.
Jul 3 - 12:05 PM

Celtics draft pick James Young (strained neck) may not play in the Orlando Summer League as a precaution.

Young was in a minor car accident in the weeks before the draft, which forced him to miss workouts and may have hurt his draft position, but the Celtics described his absence from recent practices as "precautionary." The longer he sits out the more ground he'll have to make up in his rookie season, and fantasy owners should view the former Wildcat skeptically in standard formats.
Jul 1 - 2:37 PM

James Young sat out Tuesday's workout with the Celtics' Summer League team as a precaution.

Young had a minor car accident that cut short his pre-draft workouts and it looks like the Celtics will err on the side of caution with their rookie. Young struggled with his shot during his only season at Kentucky, so it will be important for him to get to work on his shot once he is able to participate in workouts. The Celtics will benefit from his perimeter defense as he polishes his offense, but fantasy owners who reach on Young in 2014-15 drafts will likely be disappointed with his offensive output during his rookie season.
Jul 1 - 11:17 AM

General manager Danny Ainge said James Young was a top-10 player on their board.

"He didn’t shoot the ball great in the first part of his first career at Kentucky," Ainge said. "James is one of those guys that looks like a shooter, doesn’t hesitate, can take the ball to the hole strong. We think he’s a two-way player, he can defend his position." Young is one of the better perimeter defenders in the draft class, but his offense has a long way to go. Obviously, fantasy owners won't be too excited about a guy who can't score.
Jun 27 - 12:03 PM

With the No. 17 pick, the Celtics drafted Kentucky swingman James Young.

Boston used their No. 6 pick to acquire a terrific guard in Marcus Smart, so GM Danny Ainge opted for a versatile swingman with his next pick. Young averaged a mere 0.93 points per possession as a freshman, while shooting 40.7 percent from the field, but he should have plenty of opportunities to develop on the rebuilding Celtics. The 18-year-old prospect may not make an immediate impression in fantasy leagues as a rookie, but he's worth keeping a close eye on.
Jun 26 - 9:27 PM

James Young was involved in a minor car accident several weeks ago and is reportedly OK.

Young had originally been projected as a lottery pick, but has slipped down draft boards as of late and this could explain why. The accident has caused him to miss his last five workouts and the former Kentucky Wildcat is now being projected to be selected at the end of the first round. The teams reportedly interested in Young include the Lakers, Suns, Bulls and Bobcats.
Source: ZagsBlog
Jun 26 - 11:02 AM

Kentucky G/F James Young has declared for the NBA draft.

Young averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds as a freshman, shooting just 40.7 percent from the field. But he oozes athletic upside as an extremely long wing player that has extended range (34.9 percent 3-point shooting). At 6'7/202, Young is a candidate to go in the back part of the lottery.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 9:55 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Marcus Smart
3Phil Pressey
SG1Avery Bradley
2Marcus Thornton
SF1Jeff Green
2Evan Turner
3Gerald Wallace
4James Young
PF1Jared Sullinger
2Brandon Bass
3Erik Murphy
4Dwight Powell
C1Kelly Olynyk
2Tyler Zeller
3Vitor Faverani
4Joel Anthony