Nick Young Is Clearly Los Angeles Lakers' Most Exciting Player

By Scott Groff
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Nick Young returned from his one-game suspension and led the Los Angeles Lakers over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday scoring a season-high 29 points. Young out-dueled fellow L.A. native and USC Trojan alum Demar Derozan down the stretch in a rare Lakers game that started at 10 a.m. in the morning on the West Coast.

Young went 4-of-7 for 15 points the fourth quarter while holding his buddy Derozan to 2-of-7 shooting and five points in the final stanza. Derozan even picked up a technical foul after fouling Young late in the game.

“Swaggy P” must be a morning person as he helped picked up the Lakers from the dead after being down by 19 points in the third quarter. He is one of the few guys in the league that can make bad shots from all over the court. He continues to endear himself to Lakers fans with a never-say-die attitude, which can’t be said about some of his teammates lately.

One of his hilarious trademarks include putting both hands to the ground and bending over while running after hitting a three. The only Lakers player that showed that much on-court enthusiasm after hitting shots was the one and only Nick Van Exel.

It’s really a roller coaster with him. He shoots 4-of-20 one game and is lights-out the next. It’s kind of thrilling, actually. You have no idea what will happen next. He has been great for the Lakers this year and is clearly their most exciting player with Kobe Bryant out.

This is a player that is trying to set you up to take a jumper more so than drive. The reason for this is that he has never quite had the strength to finish at the rim with contact. So, he has made a living with mid-range fade-aways and 3-pointers. When you are taking mostly jumpers, it’s going to be hard to ever be a consistent player as evidenced by his career .427 shooting percentage.

The other night in Phoenix was an embarrassing one for Young as he was ejected for throwing a punch at a seemingly harmless Goran Dragic. But on this day, everything was fine and “swaggy” as he won the game and the battle of Troy.

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