Nick Young has been showing an impressive performance in the training camp and preseason games. Early this summer, reports said that ‘Swaggy P’ will be traded or waived before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season, but it seems like he is now playing a significant role for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The past two seasons were a nightmare for Nick Young under coach Byron Scott. It was very noticeable that his performance has tremendously gone down compared in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers. When Luke Walton replaced Scott, Young remained optimistic that he will eventually regain his touch and continue his basketball career wearing the purple and gold.
In the seven preseason games, Nick Young averaged 12.4 points per game while shooting 48.6 from the floor and 48.8 from beyond the arc. He has not only made a huge contribution on the offensive end, but he also managed to excel at the defensive end.
“He’s earned playing time. He’s been phenomenal throughout training camp and preseason games,” Walton said. “I think we all know he’ll score the ball, but the thing that I’ve said has been most impressive is the way he’s been defending people.”
Luke Walton has challenged his players including Nick Young to step up on the defensive end. Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. revealed that they frequently compared Young to Bruce Bowen.
“We keep calling him Bruce Bowen, the Glove (Gary Payton), Kawhi [Leonard] and all those guys,” said Larry Nance Jr. after the team’s practice on Saturday. “In the same breath, you can say all those guys and Nick Young.
“It’s kind of a team joke, but it’s fun because he’s been picking it up, he’s really been getting after it and it’s fun to see that.”
Nick Young: "I might win MVP or try to go for 6th man of the year or most improved or defensive player of the year. I got robbed last year."
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) September 30, 2014
Nick Young has been continuously improving on both ends of the floor. If he manages to make an impact in the 2016-17 NBA season, it will not be a surprise if he wins either the 6th man or defensive player of the year award.