In the nearing 2016-17 NBA season, Nick Young remains confident that he can revive his career under Los Angeles Lakers new head coach Luke Walton. Can Swaggy P make it to the 15-man roster?
Nick Young has been the center of controversies in the Los Angeles Lakers in the past months. There were rumors that the Lakers were trying to move him out of the team before the start of the training camp. However, it seems like they are having a hard time getting rid of Swaggy P and decide to let him prove himself once again in the upcoming season.
Before his rift with D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young was not performing well under coach Byron Scott, which was very different from his first season in Los Angeles. The 31-year-old small forward made a good impression in the 2013-14 NBA season, averaging 17.9 points on 38.6 percent shooting from the three-point line.
This made the Lakers decide to give him a four-year deal worth $21.3 million, which they hardly regret in the last couple of seasons. At some point, coach Byron Scott’s coaching style has a major effect on Young’s career downfall. Not only for Swaggy P, but also to his other teammates, especially the young players.
With Luke Walton as the new Lakers head coach, Nick Young is optimistic that he can prove himself once again. Walton’s small-ball strategy will definitely need a shooter like Young, only if he regains his touch.
“The style of play fits my style,” Young said of Walton, who served as an assistant for the Golden State Warriors the past two years. “I can still be me here a little bit and nobody here is harping on my personality no more. That’ll be all right.”
“I’ll keep that jump shot right,” Young said. “The rest will come. I’ll keep working hard. That’s all I can really do is work hard and take advantage of my opportunities.”
As of now, Nick Young is still questionable to earn a roster spot with the Lakers having a 20-man training camp roster. If Young improves his shooting skills, he will definitely have a higher chance to be part of the Lakers’ 15-man roster next season.