Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle drives into Philadelphia 76ers’ Drew Gordon during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
By LARRY VAUGHT
Ed Isaacson of NBAdraftblog.com has been a good friend of vaughtsviews.com and has a site filled with NBA summer league info.
Despite his busy schedule, he took time out to share a few insights on the recent draft that sent Julius Randle to the Lakers and James Young to the Celtics.
Question: What kind of fit is Randle for Los Angeles?
Isaacson: “Randle is a great fit for Los Angeles. Obviously, they are a team that is in rebuild mode, though Kobe is still finishing out his career. Randle will a need in the post and give them a player who could average near a double-double as a rookie in a situation where he can still take time to develop on the floor.”
Question: Any surprise to you that he went seventh?
Isaacson: “I wasn’t surprised at all, I’m pretty sure I had him there for at least two of my three mock drafts. Other than Boston at 6, Los Angeles at 7 was the best scenario for him.”
Question: What kind of fit is Young for Boston and do you see that pick coming?
Isaacson: “Boston is a good fit for Young. He is really not ready for the NBA, but there is a good young core of players being built there, and he could end up being a solid piece for the team a few years down the road. It also helps that Boston has their own D-League affiliate and they can get Young some constant court time by sending him to Maine. This is another pick which made a lot of sense when slotting guys in the draft order. His range was always more here than Top 10 or lottery.”
Question: What could of long-range NBA life do you see for Young?
Isaacson: “It’s all going to depend on him being a consistent shooter and learning how to be a good defender. As long as he does those two things, he should have a long career.”