When the Los Angeles Lakers signed free-agent guard Nick Young this summer, they and everyone else who has watched the NBA over the past few years knew what they were getting themselves into. It doesn’t matter where he’s playing and what colors he’s wearing, Young is going to live and play by the code of all things Swaggy P.
What we’ve come to know about Young over his six years in the league is the fact that his primary (and sometimes sole) purpose when he’s on a basketball court is to try and score. He’s not going to grab a ton of boards; he’s not going to notch double-digit assists; but there’s always the chance that he’s going to explode for 30 points.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, though, Young can also have nights where he keeps firing, but nothing is hitting. There’s almost no in-between when it comes to Young. It’s one of the things that makes him frustrating, but also polarizing and exciting at the same time.
On Tuesday night as L.A. took on the Dallas Mavericks, Young was having one of those nights where he couldn’t hit anything. In 19 minutes on the floor, Young managed just two points and three rebounds while shooting 1-7 from the floor and 1-4 from three. He contributed nothing except a lack of scoring that ended up costing the Lakers a 110-97 loss.
Young’s production as an offensive player is huge to this Lakers team. With all of the injuries that they have suffered and with them not having much reliable depth, Young hitting shots is huge for them having enough offensive firepower to outlast their opponents. With the way Young is wired, though, that could result in plenty more struggles as the season wears on in L.A.