After dropping a game-high 25 points and 5 assists on lottery pick Stanley Johnson on Wednesday, Mighty Joe Young showed once again that he should have been a 1st round pick by dropping 28 in 31 minutes on the Orlando Magic yesterday. Young made 9 of 17 shots and was 5 of 9 from downtown as the Pacers got the W.
The knock on the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Yates product (i’m from H-Town so I have to shout out the unstoppable Yates) before the draft was he was too old – at age 23 – and we all know NBA teams prefer to draft undeveloped “young, dumb, one and done” players over experienced college players. So shout out to Chad Ford for being the only major writer I saw who had Young as a 1st round pick in their scouting report.
“I’m not sure I really see him starting in the NBA. But I can definitely see him being a guy that’s going to be a sixth man, and maybe even a sixth man candidate of the year down the road.”
And shout out to 2nd round steal Joe, who at 23, is putting up numbers like a #23.