Summer league for the Celtics officially started Monday night and it was a joy to watch. Despite the loss, it is exciting to watch these younger players compete and perform. While conclusions about the future success of these guys cannot be drawn from one summer game, there were a number observations I took away from Monday night’s game.
James Young looks different
Monday night was the first I had seen of James Young since his off-season workouts. Although Young did not have the greatest game statistically Monday night, I was thoroughly impressed. The muscle he put on is a welcomed addition to his lanky frame, and will help both offensively and defensively over the grind of an 82 game NBA season. I’m optimistic as to how it will translate on the defensive side of the ball, a place where Young struggled last year. James Young is a natural scorer whose statistical number are bound to come, but I’m especially excited to see how he develops as a defensive player this year. His body looks NBA ready this year, and I’m excited to watch this guy as the season progresses.
Marcus Smart is emerging as a leader
The 21-year-old point guard was extraordinary in Monday night’s contest. Continue reading Some Thoughts From Celtics’ First Summer League Game »