Patric Young's Best Landing Spots After Going Undrafted in 2014 NBA Draft

David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 27, 2014

Apr 5, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Florida Gators center Patric Young (4) reacts in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies during the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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.


Apr 6, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) sits on the bench during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets

Sam Amico of Fox Sports reported that the Rockets are interested in Young.

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.


May 13, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis (0) reacts to an officials call in the fourth quarter of game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won 105-104. Mandatory

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.


June 15, 2014, San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) shoots the ball against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) in game five of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: David J. Phillip/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sp

Miami Heat

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.

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.


Apr 16, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) watches from the bench against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half at AT&T Center. The Lakers won 113-100. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

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, MA - DECEMBER 16: Kelly Olynyk #41 and Jared Sullinger #7 of the Boston Celtics react following a basket in the second quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the game at TD Garden on December 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO U
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Boston Celtics

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.