Finally. It took way too long for James Young's magnificence to be properly rewarded, but 14 spins on the wheel later and the sweet swingman from Kentucky has cemented his spot on the 76ers Community Big Board. Garnering 37 percent of the vote, Young won by a fairly sizable margin at this stage of the game.
I made my affections for Mr. Young pretty clear in my last entry for this series, so I'm proud of you all for making the correct choice. When Young, Andrew Wiggins and Nerlens Noel are dunking on every other play next season, you'll be happy you made the right decision.
Following in his footsteps and making his debut in the polls is none other than North Carolina State's T.J. Warren. Warren may in fact by the exact inverse of Young -- he's below-average athletically, has inconsistent shooting mechanics, and doesn't possess the prototypical size for either forward spot, earning the dreaded "tweener" tag.
But when it comes to getting buckets, Warren is your man. He dropped almost 25 points per game in the ACC last season, including back-to-back 40 rack performances against Pittsburgh and Boston College in early March with his team's tournament hopes hanging in the balance. There's a lot of demonizing of guys whose lone skill boils down to POINTZZZZ, but at least they're good for something. What was I supposed to do, put Rodney Hood -- he of the zero percent vote accumulation -- back on the list? No sir.
I'm throwing my support behind Adreian Payne for this vote, because I can only endorse so many candidates on the basis of how fun they are. The Payne train is big, pretty athletic, and can stroke it. I'm on board. Sorry, K.J. McDaniels, it just wasn't meant to be.