I just finished reading an article on Nugglove.com (great domain name by the way), which gave a Nugget fans perspective on James Young as a NBA prospect. The article, written by S.E. Shepard, titled 2014 NBA Mock Draft: James Young and the Allure of Raw Talent, raised the question how much of a chance do you take on raw talent. As a point of information, the Nuggets hold the 11th pick.
James Young, who is still awaiting his 19th birthday, will be the third youngest player selected in this year’s draft. Shepard states:
“He is a scorer and a slasher who can create shots for himself in any number of ways. He attacks the rim and doesn’t shy away from contact, and at times during the season he showed flashes of being a truly ferocious finisher.”
However, as we all know, James is not a good passer at all and also isn’t there yet as a defender. NBA defenses become more and more intricate every season and if you cannot pick up on the basic fundamentals, namely working around screens and staying in front of your man, you will more than likely wind up on the bench. So, the question is, do you spend a lottery pick on a player who you question whether or not you can even play him?
As Shepard goes on to say, Young is just 18 years old and may be on his way to greatness.
“You can see the potential shine through; there were multiple games last season where Young single-handedly kept Kentucky in tight games.”
Shepard ends the article saying that he doesn’t think the Nuggets should roll the dice on James Young, and then comments that he considers himself a member of Big Blue Nation and that he watched nearly all of our games.
Personally, I kind of like the fit with Young and Nuggets. You have very good point guard play with Ty Lawson (one of the quickest guys in the NBA), Randy Foye is a solid, veteran 2-guard, Danilo Gallinari is blossoming into a very good player, and you have a good mix of big men with Kenneth Faried, Timofey Mosgov, J.J. Hickson, and the one and only JaVale McGee. Denver finished in the middle of the pack in terms of 3-point field goal percentage and Young could be a solid running mate for Lawson. With Foye and Gallinari securely in their spots, Young wouldn’t be expected to score 15 points a game right away, he would be given time to develop and I think Coach Brian Shaw is the man who could take his game where it needs to go.
Go read the article for yourself (HERE) and let me know what you think, do you like the Nuggets as a landing spot for James Young.