The Philadelphia 76ers made a lot of changes to their roster last summer that unfortunately haven’t yielded the results they anticipated. One of the changes was signing guard/forward Nick Young, which the 76ers should have never signed in the first place.
Young was added to offer some outside shooting to compliment the inside presence Andrew Bynum was expected to provide, which the 76ers only got to experience for a couple practices before Bynum’s shaky knees were done for the season. With no inside presence the 76ers were left with a lineup full of long range gunners and terrible shot selection, with Young being one of the main culprits.
It’s not as if Young was ever anything more than a shooter. He was notorious for taking bad shots with the Washington Wizards and also the Los Angeles Clippers for the second half of last season. While Young can get hot and carry a team offensively for stretches of a game, he’s just as capable of shooting a team out of games. Young is also as one-dimensional as a wing player can be; at 6’6″ he only averages 2.3 rebounds and just 1.5 assists while making just .408 of his field goal attempts, making him one of the least efficient players in the NBA.
Luckily for the 76ers, they only signed Nick Young to a one-year deal so they won’t have to be concerned with his terrible and inconsistent shooting past this season. The 76ers should move on from Young and explore other options for their bench this summer.