Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; James Young (Kentucky) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number seventeen overall pick to the Boston Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA: Will James Young Help Change the Face of the Celtics?

The Boston Celtics have been through a lot over the past few seasons. They lost Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers, but acquired former Butler University stand out coach. Brad Stevens, someone who has a bright future of coaching ahead of him, but the NBA was a big jump from the small university he was at. There was no telling how the first season under Stevens was going to go, and in all honesty, who could expect it to go all that well? In addition to losing their long time coach, they lost their senior players. Players such as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were traded to the Brooklyn Nets, completely shaking up the Boston Celtics and sending them for a wild ride for the next few seasons, there will be plenty of surprises to come for the Celtics because no one really knows what to expect for a while.

Paired with the elite point guard and former Kentucky star, Rajon Rondo, James Young has an opportunity to help reshape the elite program of the Boston Celtics. James Young knows what it’s like to be under a microscope like he will be with the Celtics, at the University of Kentucky, he was under 10. Leaving one elite program and being drafted by another couldn’t have worked out better for James Young or for the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have drafted a player who knows what scrutiny feels like, he knows the feeling of being ridiculed and harassed by opposing fans. He’s used to a coach being hard on him. He’s a selfless player who has learned his role on the team he is on. He has an opportunity to shine in the NBA, I think the Boston Celtics give him the best opportunity to shine.

James Young has a bright future ahead of him in the NBA, not only is he a good player, he is a good kid. He has the opportunity to become the face of the program and to reshape the program back to the elite level it was once at before. The Boston Celtics were lucky to have James Young available for the 17th pick.

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