Celtics rookie James Young shines in Friday's intrasquad scrimmage
Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk both displayed the skill sets that have Celtics fans excited for the ongoing potential at the power forward position last night during Boston's intrasquad scrimmage at T.D. Garden.
Of the two draft picks, James Young – surprise, surprise – looked better. He came off the bench with 5:23 left in the first scrimmage, drilled his first shot (a three), and then hit another three while getting fouled on the very next possession. Later in the night, he poked away an errant pass from Marcus Smart, sprinted the floor in transition, caught a pass from Phil Pressey and drew a foul at the rim. My favorite play, though: Showing a lot of patience off the bounce, Young penetrated the defense just enough to find Avery Bradley for an open jumper. Young also contested a few Jeff Green jump shots nicely and rotated over to intercept one ugly post entry from Evan Turner, but not everything went perfectly for the rookie. He missed his next couple of threes, including one airball, and botched a thunderous dunk attempt in the second scrimmage. Mistakes will happen, though. For a rookie expected to need plenty of time to develop, he displayed a few traits – like shooting, lengh and athleticism – the Celtics could use right away.
Young's accelerated development this season would be a welcome sight for Boston fans considering the possibility Jeff Green opts out of his contract at the end of the year to become an unrestricted free agent.