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Nick Young fills a big hole in the Clippers' roster.
The Clippers have struggled since they lost Chauncey Billups to a torn ACL in early February, posting just a 9-10 record since he went down. Finding a shooting guard to replace Billups was crucial to the team’s title hopes, and they couldn’t have found a better bargain than Nick Young, acquiring him in exchange for Brian Cook and a draft pick.
Young is a scoring threat from just about anywhere on the court, with the ability to drive the lane and finish strong at the rim. Perhaps his most vital skill for the Clippers, however, is his soft hands and dexterity to drain from behind the arc on catch-and-shoot opportunities.
Combine the drive-and-dump tendencies of All-Star point guard Chris Paul and Young could turn into one of the most dangerous deep-ball shooters in the league.
Lob City has become a phenomenon this season, and the team just made a huge-impact move that brings them back into the title conversation.
While the team only added one player, Young could be the difference maker that propels the franchise to their first NBA championship.