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James Young’s fight for minutes in Boston just got tougher

The shooting guard and small forward positions in Boston are getting crowded, making it even tougher on James Young to work his way up the rotation. The Celtics re-signed starting shooting guard Avery Bradley last week and, today, added free agent Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in 2010. To make matters worse for Young, Marcus Smart, the C’s first pick in this year’s draft, is expected to see significant time at the 2-guard spot as well. Brad Stevens tried him there in the summer league and plans to continue using him off the ball.

Young won’t have any more luck at small forward, where Turner and Jeff Green will see most of the minutes. 13-year veteran Gerald Wallace, the team’s second-highest paid player, will also be in the mix.

There is also the option of trading Young in a deal for Kevin Love, although there are several other teams competing in the Love Sweepstakes. Boston believes it is still in the mix to pull the big man away from Minnesota and the former Cat would look good with Jared Sullinger in a trade.

But no matter where or how he is used, Young will have to put in a lot of work if he hopes to see significant time on the court in his rookie season. Missing the summer league certainly didn’t help his chances, either.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

17 Comments for James Young’s fight for minutes in Boston just got tougher

  1. Brugal
    3:14 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    This sucks just for the simple fact that Turner is now on your team. He’s an absolute tool. Thad Matta used to take bets on how long it would take him to go psycho and pick a fight with his teammates at practice.

  2. G-Man
    3:19 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I keep thinking the Celtics will trade Rondo. I’d love to see him in Houston.

  3. jppatt16
    3:22 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Fun Evan Turner facts:

    + Among the 74 players with 8,000+ minutes over the last 4 seasons, Evan Turner ranks 74th in win shares per 48.

    + While on the Sixers last season, Turner took only 1.7 less shots per game than LeBron James but scored 9.2 fewer points per game.

    + He once dribbled the ball 29 times in a single possession only to turn it over. (Really, watch this; absolutely hilarious:

    • Rei
      3:37 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      This is pretty funny.

  4. NoWay
    3:32 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Young will be fine – Evan is a bust

  5. Bobbum man
    3:44 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    If, as reported by espn, the timberwolves want more than wiggins and Bennett for love I highly doubt they’d be interested in James young and jared Sullinger

  6. Johnny Paul
    3:47 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I still remember plain as day Seth Davis on CBS saying back in 2010 “who ever thinks John Wall should be drafted ahead of Evan Turner needs to have their head examined.”

    • J-Dub421
      4:09 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t remember that, but find it hilarious.

  7. Bobbum man
    3:48 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I just don’t see any way love ends up in boston, by far their best asset would be rondo which the timberwolves wouldn’t need with Rubio

    • J-Dub421
      4:10 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Rondo is a waaaaayyyyyy better point guard than Rubio.

    • Bobbum man
      8:57 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Agreed but with the other offers (mainly wiggins) why would u trade for the one position u have a solid player at?

  8. Where Did I Pahk the Cah?
    3:57 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    The C’s?! The C’s?! Please tell me that the folks of Boston don’t call them the C’s and that this is only some fruity slip from Franklin. The C’s?! Using the phrase BoSox has just become the height of eloquence. The C’s?!

    • DH
      4:26 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      They’ve been calling them the C’s for a looooong time

  9. sick with it
    4:07 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    While Evan Turner is an absolute tool, I was shocked that Young was drafted before Rodney Hood was. Bother are lefties and Hood seems to have the much better stroke, as it was evident in Summer league (4.8 threes a game).
    On another note, Evan Turner is a tool and Marcus Smart should punch him.

  10. RICK
    4:47 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Drew, You people kill me. You can’t keep Young down, he was the best player on ky last year in spite of this site trying its best to run him down , he can’t shot, he can’t handle the ball. He will be a great player in the nba so don’t worry.

    • Lexington 3
      7:24 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Maybe after he learns to dribble and/or pass the basketball without getting it stolen. That will certainly help his chances.

  11. Michael F. Jox
    5:35 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    You don’t know what you’re talking about if you think Evan Turner is going to hurt Young’s chances of getting PT.