Last season I saw that Sam Young had potential. Young sported a deadly combination of an automatic mid range jumper and a strong drive. He was also an efficient scorer and a hard worker. I knew Young had an offensive repertoire and his bulky body and quick feet resulted in solid, physical defense, but I didnt know whether or not he would be able to handle big moments and make plays down the stretch.
Throughout the season, Young played well. He had his moments after Gays injury and took advantage as expected. His stats didnt differentiate much from last year but the impact he had on the Grizzlies extended far beyond that of his rookie season. Young would get the ball in the fourth quarter and make the smartest play possible whether it was a high percentage jump shot or a quick pass to a wide open player. There was nothing flashy about Youngs game (besides the occasional dunk on a fast break) and that was why Lionel Hollins trusted him so much. Young made the most of every opportunity given to him during the season so Hollins decided to give him a role in the playoffs as well.
Sam Young played a key role in Memphis first round upset against San Antonio. Young had multiple games in which he logged double figures in points which was huge for the Grizzlies. He let the Grizz know that he could be relied upon to score when they needed points. Young ended the series in great form averaging nearly 10 points per game.
The second round was a different story altogether. Young struggled greatly after the first couple games and saw his minutes decrease periodically. His inexperience showed for the first time in several months. Youngs lack of productivity against the Thunder was a factor in the Grizzlies elimination.
Altogether, Young had a great sophomore season. He had his peaks and valleys as all players do but overall he played well and should be proud of his performance. Young needs to put in a lot of effort in the offseason to develop his game in preparation for perhaps one of the greatest seasons that the Grizzlies will ever have.