Nick Young Should Compete For Sixth Man of the Year

By Brendan Patel
Jayne Kamin-Oncea - USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea – USA TODAY Sports

Last year, Nick Young enjoyed the best scoring season in his career, and became a fan favorite on the Los Angeles Lakers. He was instant offense off of the bench, and always brought a smile to the game. He played hard, and sometimes out of control, but was one of the few bright spots on a team that struggled all year. The Lakers might have trouble once again in a loaded conference, but Young should continue to enjoy success coming off the bench and giving the team a spark. It would come as no surprise should he be a strong candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.

Wesley Johnson may be a better fit to start next to Kobe Bryant, and therefore it is likely that Young will be a part of the second unit. His scoring will be much needed on what could be a very good bench, although it remains to be seen if the majority of the team will stay healthy. If a player like Steve Nash is able to stay injury-free, then it could greatly boost Young’s stats. He will have more playmakers around him causing defenses to focus their attention elsewhere, giving him more room to operate. He will also have teammates getting him the ball in the right area, so he won’t have to work as hard to get his shot off.

Young will be looking to build off a strong season and help the Lakers compete in a difficult conference. He is a great player to have come off the bench, as he provides much-needed offense and can score in bunches. He should continue to improve his game, and will benefit from having better offensive players around him. The Lakers might not have a lot to look forward to this season, but they can look forward to an exciting season from Swaggy P.

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