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NBAdraftblog.com analyst on what kind of fit Julius Randle and James Young are in NBA

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)

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.”

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  1. Bunday 213

    I read a lot of posts about, J Young, and I see a lot of, Kentucky fans doesn’t have faith in p, Young’s potential.Just like before, Kentucky’s season started last yr, it was all about the twins, and Randle (No knock on them), and everyone saying, Young was coming off the bench, and wasn’t good enough to start over, Poythress. Young came in staryed , made second team all SEC, all tournament team in final 4, was really the only 3pt shooter the whole season (until, Aaron hit those legendary shots), he is second in UK history for 3’s made in a season and 7th all-time. Plus like, Randle he sacrificed so much of his game for the better of the ream. He was ranked top 10 coming in, but wasn’t talked about, and the young man made everyone look at him from preseason to the championship. Don’t sleep on , Young! He’s 18 and is gonna get better. Mostly everyone that got drafted before him, had to play against him in AAU, and they’ll tell you he’s underated as a player….

  2. Tony Riddle

    I’m sorry but your statistical information is way off. Young (hitting 82 3s this year) is ranked 7th in UK history for a SEASON. he won’t even come close to hitting the top ten in career 3s and sit beside legendary Cats like Tony Delk, Travis Ford, ect. 7th place belongs to Joe “ballhog” Crawford who has over 180. However I do agree that James young has all the talent in the world and will make a good pro. It’ll take some development (especially defensively) but his time will come. Go Cats

    1. Ed Isaacson

      The statistical information isn’t “way off.” Hitting 82 3’s in a season could be impressive. It’s not when you take 235 attempts. 35% from three-point range for someone who came into school with a reputation as a shooter isn’t good. He has shown he can be a shooter, but he needs to be much more consistent

  3. Anonymous

    Give it a break boys, it’s football time.

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