Its the day before the NBA season starts and teams around the League have to cut down their rosters to 15. The Boston Celtics today announced that they have waived R.J Hunter. Some may be wondering why the Boston Celtics chose to keep James Young and waive the shooting forward. I’m going to explain how one dunk has given James Young NBA life repeatedly. In case you’ve never seen it, here it is:

This stupid dunk was amazing back when Kentucky was causing problems in the NCAA tournament. James Young put himself on the map. So when the Boston Celtics selected James with their second pick of the draft, I thought the Boston Celtics made the steal of the draft. I called up all my buddies and informed them of the luxury that Boston fans were about to witness. Sometimes spectacular plays can significantly boost the stock of a player. Are we going to forget what this hit did for Jadeveon Clowney‘s hit did for his career in the NFL?

Has James Young dunked since he’s been in the National Basketball Association? I honestly can’t remember. I know its silly to assume that a 6’6 forward who is only 21 has been given this long of a leash over one memorable dunk, but part of me wonders if this dunk actually has some input into their decision to keep Young.

Granted, R.J Hunter does not possess the speed or quickness to play defense at the NBA level. James Young has continued to show grow into his body as he gets older and has consistently performed at the D-League level. James does have an NBA body and should eventually develop into a decent player. We keep remembering, “He’s young. He’s young. He’s young.” Repeat.

In my opinion, he’s going to be a decent player some day. Just not with the Boston Celtics. Danny Ainge, it’s time to put down the Chipotle and forget about that damn dunk.

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