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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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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. Jun 21 - 8:51 PM
Source: ESPN Boston

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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

James Young is expected to play in summer league for the Celtics.

The C's other first-round pick this season was barely a blip on the radar screen in his inaugural campaign. Young is still incredibly raw and needs to spend extended time in the weight room before he's capable of making a real impact. Marcus Smart is expected to join him in the action in order to get increased reps at point guard.
Source: Boston.com
May 4 - 9:54 AM

James Young has been sent down for a D-League stint.

He has a negligible role with the Celtics, so there aren't any fantasy implications with this news. Young belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Mar 24 - 5:52 PM

James Young has been recalled to join the Celtics for Sunday against the Pistons.

The Celtics won't have Isaiah Thomas (back) or Marcus Smart (suspension), so they'll need some more help. Young is a major project on offense and it'll be a while before he's making an impact for most fantasy owners.
Mar 21 - 6:04 PM

James Young has been sent down for yet another D-League stint.

With averages of 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds on the season, Young has zero fantasy value, and belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Mar 17 - 3:11 PM

James Young scored nine points in 17 minutes off the Celtics' bench on Tuesday, going 2-of-5 from downtown and 3-of-3 at the free throw line.

He's shooting 4-of-16 in his past four games and has failed to capitalize on the minutes afforded him by coach Brad Stevens. Young should stick in the rotation with Boston emphasizing player development down the stretch, but he's clearly not a fantasy asset.
Mar 3 - 9:31 PM

Coach Brad Stevens hinted on Sunday that James Young could be in line for more playing time in the near future.

Finally. Young is coming off a 33-point performance in the D-League on Saturday, and with the Celtics in tank mode, there's no reason why he shouldn't be getting minutes over players such as Tayshaun Prince. Young can be left on the wire for now, but owners in deep leagues should watch him closely.
Feb 1 - 11:30 AM

James Young was recalled from the NBA D-League on Sunday.

Young scored 33 points with nine 3-pointers for the Maine Red Claws on Saturday, but he hasn't really been given a chance in Boston. The Celtics are still giving valuable minutes to veteran Tayshaun Prince for some reason, so unless coach Brad Stevens decides to give Young more touches, he won't be worth owning in almost any league.
Feb 1 - 10:13 AM

James Young returned to action on Sunday against the Warriors, but scored just three points on 1-of-5 shooting to go with two boards and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes.

He missed four games straight due to a nasty flu, so it's good to see him back on the court. Young does have some serious potential, but until the Celtics fully commit to giving him more playing time he won't be worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 25 - 11:42 PM

James Young will be active for Friday's game vs. the Nuggets, but there are no guarantees he will play.

Young has a lot of talent, so he'll be a name to watch over the coming years, but he's unlikely to emerge a reliable contributor during his rookie season.
Jan 23 - 7:57 PM

James Young's (illness) status for Thursday's game against Portland is still up in the air according to coach Brad Stevens.

Young had a nasty flu earlier in the week which held him out of two games in a row, but it appears that he is nearing a return. However, Young's role has been minimal at best, and he likely won't see enough minutes upon his return to matter in most leagues. Owners in deep leagues can simply monitor him from the waiver wire.
Jan 22 - 2:10 PM

James Young (illness) will not play on Monday against the Clippers.

He missed practice on Sunday and the Celtics will just hold him out. Young will not get big minutes with the roster the way it currently is and he really has a ton of work to do on offense, so he's on a stash in extremely deep leagues.
Jan 19 - 2:20 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Marcus Smart
2Isaiah Thomas
3Terry Rozier
4Phil Pressey
SG1Avery Bradley
2Marcus Thornton
3R.J. Hunter
4Chris Babb
SF1Jae Crowder
2Evan Turner
3James Young
4Luigi Datome
5Gerald Wallace
PF1Amir Johnson
2Jared Sullinger
3Jonas Jerebko
4Jordan Mickey
C1Tyler Zeller
2Kelly Olynyk