Joe Young has agreed upon a four-year, $4 million-plus rookie deal with the Indiana Pacers, reports Shams Charania of Real GM:
Pacers second rounder Joe Young has agreed to four-year, $4M-plus rookie deal, league sources tell RealGM. Ex-Oregon guard impressed in SL.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2015
The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists during his senior season at Oregon. Having led the conference in scoring average, Young won the Pac-12 player of the year award and was named to the first-team All-Pac-12 team.
Indiana's 2015 second round pick impressed at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League last week, averaging 22.5 points and 3.25 assists on 50.8% shooting. Scoring 25-plus points in two of the team's Summer League contests, Young seemed more at home providing instant offense than distributing, where his ability to pass out of the pick-and-roll seemed to ebb and flow early on.
"To watch him go from that first game where I thought he was still sick and just too frantic and a little too wild, which is natural, to playing a game like this, was very satisfying to see," Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke said of Young following the guard's standout performance against the Magic Blue last Thursday, writes Fran Blinebury of NBA.com.
"In that first game you could tell the adrenaline was running and he was so stoked. Today's game I thought he looked more controlled. His eyes were up. He was seeing shooters in pick-and-roll. He was seeing the roll man. I thought that was a quick progression. So I was excited. It's the kind of play we expected when we drafted him."
While it was his ability to create his own shot and get buckets that made Young stand out from the crowd of NBA hopefuls in Orlando, it was likely his speed and run of the offense which impressed the Pacers.
"For one, he's a smart guy and that helps," Burke told NBA.com. "He's also vocal and we haven't had too many vocal point guards the last couple of years. He's not afraid to take charge and once he gets comfortable with our system and around our guys, where he knows exactly where he's telling a guy to go, he'll probably even be more vocal."
Having not retained C.J. Watson or Donald Sloan, Indiana has a definite void at the backup point guard position, but Young faces an uphill climb with combo guards George Hill, Monta Ellis, and Rodney Stuckey expected to take the lion's share of backcourt minutes.
"I think we've had good defensive teams. So we need more stops and continue to get those stops and shots and runs. Joe's about the best I've seen that we've had in the last couple of years in getting it up the court. C.J. Watson wasn't really a push guy like that. Donald Sloan wasn't that fast. And George Hill can be fast, but he's more comfortable just getting up at a decent tempo. He's going to be an interesting player to watch. Joe's fast, aggressive, confident," added Burke.
Both Myles Turner and Joe Young were named to the Orlando All-Summer League Team by NBA-TV along with Detroit's Stanley Johnson, Orlando's Aaron Gordon, and Memphis' Russ Smith.
According to Charania, the first two seasons of Young's deal are guaranteed.