NBA Summer League is the time for overreactions. We see exceptional play from a young player and immediately believe he will be the next great player in the league. Most of the time, the analysis is an overreaction and unfortunately the player doesn’t make too big of an impact on their NBA team.
Sometimes, though, they continue their solid play into the NBA. One of those players that seems as though he could do just that is Joseph (or Joe) Young.
Joe Young made his Summer League debut on July 6th against the Orlando White. He didn’t impress, but this performance wasn’t anything to get upset about. He had 9 points, but struggled with the talent from Keith Appling, Scottie Wilbekin, and Taylor Braun from the other team. It was his first game and it was understandable that he would struggle. The next 3 days were much different as those struggles were all gone and the true talent was revealed.
In each of the next 3 games, Young would go on to score at least 25 points. He scored 25 points on 9/15 shooting against Detroit, 28 points on 9/17 shooting against the Orlando Blue, and then, today, he had 28 points yet again on 11/23 shooting.
The efficiency is incredible from Young and because of that, Joe Young has earned a spot on the Pacers team. The amount of time that will be warranted to him is up to debate now as Rodney Stuckey will remain with the Pacers for the long term. Still, I believe it’s very realistic to say that Indiana may consider moving Stuckey to the two guard to allow Young to get more time in that system if he can continue anything close to this production.
Even though I don’t believe that the production from Young has been a fluke, there are those who would argue it has. It’s true that he has been the only offensive threat for Indiana in the past couple of games and his usage rate is most likely extremely high, but the takes to the rim and the shot that Young has showcased seem to point towards Joe Young having a solid future in the NBA.