Apr 5, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Florida Gators center Patric Young (middle) controls a rebound against the Connecticut Huskies in the second half during the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Patric Young aims to be more than post defender


Strengths

Patric Young has the physical stature and talent that NBA teams want out of a post defender. On defense he has the weight and strength to bang down low with the big boys but also the lateral quickness, explosiveness and length to stay with the quicker, shiftier players. His rebounding is intriguing. On the offensive side of rebounding, Young excels, grabbing 4.2 offense boards per 40 minutes pace adjusted.

While a bit undersized at 6’10” he is so strong, explosive and quick. He’ll be able to defend at a high level in the league for many years to come.

“He has an NBA body, an NFL body. He is a big, strong kid,” said Suns coach Jeff Hornacek.

Weaknesses

Young has all the athleticism to run the floor and the athleticism to crush dunks in transition. He has some post moves that are reliable to a certain extent, but is certainly limited offensively. As his role grew each year at Florida he became more of a focal point of the offense, but his efficiency never improved to an elite level.

On the defensive side of the boards, Young’s small hands give him trouble, and he averaged only 5.7 rebounds per 40 minutes pace adjusted this past season, which is disappointing considering his hustle, size, length and athleticism.

X-factor

Young can’t step out and shoot the jumper, but he will be able to always have a spot in the NBA for many years to come guarding the likes of Dwight Howard, Zach Randolph and other big-bodied low-post players in the league.

He will have a clear niche in the NBA, but one thing that type of player needs is consistency. Young doesn’t have that right now. As we’ve seen him progress from high school and through college, he’ll have some big games, then disappear in some big moments. At the next level, a coach and his teammates will have to count on Young’s defensive prowess, hustle and whatever offensive production he brings on a game-to-game basis. He will need to improve on that if he wants to stay in the league for a long time.

“Young has very good defensive instincts,” said Suns general manager Ryan McDonough. “He is a physical specimen and defends well, not only around the basket but around the basket. He was very well coached at Florida and has a good feel for where to be and how to switch off defensively. Offensively it’s a work in progress, he’s strong around the basket but needs to develop his touch away from the basket.”

How would he fit with the Suns

Depending on how things shake out the next few weeks, former Florida Gators big man could be available to the Suns. They could take him with the 50th pick if he falls in the second round of June’s draft.

If Phoenix ends up drafting Young, he could be instrumental in helping the Suns beat some teams they’ve had trouble with last year. The Suns went 2-8 against Sacramento, Memphis and Chicago last year — all of them were plodding teams who beat opponents down with physical play. Young could help the Suns get over the hump against those teams.


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