NBA Mock Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Acquire #19, Draft James Young

Tom Pennington

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading "their" team's pick. We continue with the next pick in the 2014 NBA Mock Draft with Liberty Ballers selecting guard James Young from Kentucky.

NBA Mock Draft Pick #19, James Young, Guard, Kentucky

Here's a recap of the trade:

Philadelphia gets: #8, #19, 2015 Portland 2nd (via CHI), Jason Thompson, Carlos Boozer, Jason Terry, Quincy Acy
Bulls get: #10
Sacramento gets: #16, Taj Gibson, Jason Richardson

SB Nation's 76ers blog Liberty Ballers explains the pick after acquiring it from Blog A Bull:

Value and need made this an easy pick. Young at 19 is a steal, and the Sixers we've created lack a projectable small forward who can stretch the floor. Young fits that description, as well as the new trend, with Exum and Saric, of drafting smooth, not necessarily explosive athletes.

He's got a number of areas he needs to improve in, but we'd chalk a lot of that up to being so young. He has all the tools to be an above-average defender (that 7'0 wingspan -- mmmmmm), and he'll need an organization to tap into that raw potential to make him buy in. We're confident that Brett Brown and the Sixers are the right pieces for that to happen.

There's enough potential in him as a scorer and 2nd option that, at 18 years old, there's no way we can pass him up. Worst case scenario, he becomes a non-liability standstill shooter to open up driving lanes for MCW, Exum, and Saric. We believe the ball-handling ability (currently a little straight-line on his drives) and finishing will translate into this pick overshooting most projections for him at this spot.

And we will go on record as citing his beautiful hair as a big part of this selection. Also, love a lefty, come on.

MoreFull NBA Draft Coverage


1 Cleveland Cavaliers: ANDREW WIGGINS 
2 Milwaukee Bucks JABARI PARKER
3 Philadelphia 76ers DANTE EXUM
4 Orlando Magic JULIUS RANDLE
5 Utah Jazz JOEL EMBIID
6 Minnesota Timberwolves (Via Celtics) AARON GORDON
7 Los Angeles Lakers NOAH VONLEH
8 Philadelphia 76ers (via Kings) DARIO SARIC
9 Charlotte Hornets DOUG MCDERMOTT
10 Chicago Bulls (via 76ers) MARCUS SMART
11 Denver Nuggets ZACH LAVINE 
12 Orlando Magic TYLER ENNIS
13 Phoenix Suns (via Timberwolves) ADREIAN PAYNE
14 Phoenix Suns NIK STAUSKAS
15 Atlanta Hawks GARY HARRIS
16 Sacramento Kings (via Chicago Bulls) ELFRID PAYTON
17 Orlando Magic (via Boston Celtics) JUSUF NURKIC
18 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Phoenix Suns) KYLE ANDERSON
19 Philadelphia 76ers (via Chicago Bulls) JAMES YOUNG
20 Toronto Raptors
21 Oklahoma City Thunder
22 Memphis Grizzlies
23 Utah Jazz
24 Charlotte Hornets
25 Houston Rockets
26 Miami Heat
27 Phoenix Suns
28 Los Angeles Clippers
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
30 San Antonio Spurs

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