When the topic of Nick Young comes up the last word being associated with the former Wizards guard is efficient. Now in his seventh season Young is playing on his fourth team in as many years.
But while playing under Mike D’Antoni’s free flowing system Young is flourishing and is one of the reason’s the Los Angeles Lakers are staying afloat as they wait for Kobe Bryant to make his return.
In fact D’Antoni has gone as far to say that if the Lakers keep winning he thinks that Young should get some consideration for Sixth Man of the Year.
“He should. If we can get our record [good],” D’Antoni said. “That’s going to be the product of the team. He’s playing well enough. But if we surprise people, get in the playoffs and do really well, yeah, he’ll have a really good chance at it.” …
“I’m loving it with his concentration and ability not to take a play off,” D’Antoni said. “We have a few guys who have home run trots and were not engaged. But for the most part, most guys have gotten that out of their game. They’re engaged. A lot of that is due to the chemistry of the team and how they feel about themselves. We can keep getting better. He’s playing both ends of the floor. He’s playing phenomenally.”
Young has averaged 11. 4 points on 42.8 shooting for his career but this season those numbers are up to 14 points while shooting 43.6 percent. The past two Sixth Man award winners, J.R. Smith and James Harden, averaged 18.1 and 19.3 points per game respectively. Based on those numbers it looks like Young’s run at the award is a long shot at best.
But hey if “Swaggy P” has couple games where he catches fire and Lakers keep wining you never know.