Florida center Patric Young entered the 2014 NBA draft as one of the top Round 2 prospects in the class.
Somehow, someway, he went undrafted on Thursday night.
The 22-year-old and his four years of college basketball experience made him one of the most pro-ready, second-round prospects. So did his 6'10", 247-pound frame of pure muscle.
In his senior year with the Gators, Young averaged 11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He should never be a starter in the league, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him make an impact as a rotational player with his physicality and motor. Here are the top fits for the top undrafted free agent.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports reported that the Rockets are interested in Young.
Perhaps biggest shocker of undrafted guys: ex-Florida big man Patric Young. Rockets said to be highly interested, unclear if deal reached.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 27, 2014
Houston just traded its No. 2 center in Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets need to replace him, considering Asik was one of the only quality defenders on a team that surrendered the eighth most points in the league this year.
Houston traded Asik to clear cap space, but Young wouldn't cost nearly as much as he did.
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles used its first-round pick this year on shooting guard C.J. Wilcox, even though it's loaded at the position with Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Reggie Bullock.
What the Clippers should've drafted is a big man. Glen Davis and Ryan Hollins are free agents, leaving them with nothing behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Miami enters the offseason with two major needs (besides re-signing LeBron James, if not the entire Big Three). One was at point guard. It solved that on Thursday by trading for Shabazz Napier.
HEAT have traded draft rights to P.J. Hairston, Semaj Christon, future 2nd & cash considerations to Cha. for draft rights to Shabazz Napier.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) June 27, 2014
Need No. 2 has yet to be fixed. It's for a rim protector. Young would be that fix, and for the low price the Heat need him to be.
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles just needs bodies. The majority of its roster will hit free agency this summer. And its especially thin in its frontcourt.
Drafting Julius Randle on Thursday night helped in that department. But the Lakers still have a long way to go and many bodies to sign. Young would help remedy the second-worst defense in the league this year.
Boston walked away on draft night with one of the best classes in the league. Marcus Smart and James Young are a promising pair, but the Celtics failed to fill their greatest need: center.
This isn't to say they should've picked a center over Smart or James. It's just to say Young would be a perfect fit for a team in which Kelly Olynyk is its only competent 5.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.