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Los Angeles Lakers: Nick Young is Worth the Money

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Russell Isabella – USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have had a rough offseason, unable to convince any stars to come and play alongside Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. However, they did convince Nick Young to sign a contract below market value that will keep him in Los Angeles for four more years, giving the team a proven scorer who embraces his hometown. While they had to shell out a decent amount of money to convince Young to come back, it was the right move for the organization.

The Lakers need players who can create their own shot, especially on the second unit. Young should expect to play big minutes, but is better suited to come off the bench and be the designated scorer in the lineup. He can score in a variety of ways, whether it be beating his man off the dribble and getting to the rim, or pulling up for a mid-range jumper. He is a very good outside shooter, and should benefit even more from having other players who can create on the court with him.

Most of the better teams in the conference have strong benches, and often have key players sit at the beginning of the game so that there isn’t a lot of drop off when the starters need a rest. They are willing to pay these players a lot of money, even more so than what the Lakers are going to pay Young. He has proven that he is one of the best sixth men in the league, something that will be extremely valuable to the team in the upcoming season.

While the Lakers didn’t make any big moves in signing a superstar, they did bring back a very good player. Young enjoys playing in Los Angeles, and is well liked by the fans and his teammates. Sometimes his shooting can get out of hand, but he always remains confident in his ability, which is very important when playing next to Bryant. The organization made a wise move, and should look forward to several more years of “Swaggy P.”

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