The newest Sixer is ready to make another run at the NBA.
James Young recently signed a two-way contract, where he will split his time between the Sixers and their G League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.
More than three years since being selected 17th overall by the Celtics in 2014, the 22-year-old Young sees a match this season with the Sixers' organization.
“I feel like I fit great,” Young said Sunday.
The 6-foot-6 guard-forward entered the NBA after one season at Kentucky, where he was a member of a Wildcats team that made it to the NCAA championship game. The Celtics picked him in the first round that also included Joel Embiid and Dario Saric.
Minutes weren’t largely available Young’s rookie year on a Celtics team that had nine players with more than five years of NBA experience. Young averaged 10.7 minutes in 31 games his first season, and it dropped over the next two. He posted 2.3 points and 0.9 rebounds over 7.6 minutes in 29 games while frequently being assigned to the Maine Red Claws.
“That was more of a confidence thing,” Young said of his production. “I think that was not getting as much minutes as I thought I was. Then kind of throwing me off, and then I was just getting in my head instead of just playing the game of basketball, which I’ve been playing all my life.”
Young joined the Bucks for training camp this season after his time in Boston ended. He played 20 games for their G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, and found his rhythm. Young averaged 22.3 points per game (ninth in the league), 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three.
Young wants to bring that offensive efficiency, as well as defense and vocal leadership, to his new team. Based on the rules of the two-way contract, he can spend a maximum of 25 days with the Sixers. It is an opportunity he is prepared to capitalize on after his journey through the NBA and G League.
“It was tough on me,” Young said. “Family was always there to support me, though. A lot of stuff was going through my head. But I knew I had to fight through it. There’s a lot of ups and downs in this league. It’s a long process.”