We all knew Joseph Young could shoot the lights out. That's why it should come as no surprise that Young, Oregon's all-time leader in scoring over a two-year period, is one of the NBA's top scorers so far in the Summer League.
In his first three games, Young is averaging 20.7 points per game, the third-highest average across the league. Only Aaron Gordon (21.7 PPG) and Marcus Smart (24.0 PPG) have a higher average than Young.
On Thursday, Young scored 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, leading the Pacers to a 91-85 win over the Magic. Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke said that Young is still learning the NBA game, such as the right time to pass and the right time to shoot, but that the former Oregon guard has potential.
Young's outstanding performance came just a day after he scored 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting against the Pistons. In that game, Young was also a perfect 3-of-3 from deep.
Of course, it's hard to put much weight into Summer League games, which are really nothing more than glorified scrimmages, but it's promising to see this kind of early success for Young. You can guarantee that the Pacers are taking note of Young's performance so far. If Young can carry over his Summer League scoring into the preseason this fall, he could be looking at playing an important role for the Pacers this season.