Nick Young, or Swaggy P as he was addressed by Chris Paul during a postgame conference, is actually a decent basketball player despite what his fashion choices may imply.
The league, in general, is headed in a different direction than the heavily tattooed, underwear-revealing bunch the media were becoming annoyed with.
They are all taking that extra step to be stylish as well as court-relevant and no one stands out more off the court than Young.
However, in this summer’s free agency, he will be graded on his performance with the Los Angeles Clippers and it’s not a sure thing that it was the best season to present on his resume.
The Clippers have a large group of core players entering this summer as free agents and Young’s lasting impression of 1-of-4 shooting that concluded the Spurs’ sweep of the Clippers left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.
Now that the Clippers have made it public, according to Sports Illustrated, that they are bringing coach Vinny Del Negro back to coach Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, there needs to be a decision made about who to surround them with.
The Clippers have shooters like Mo Williams, a healthy Chris Paul, a hopefully healthy Chauncey Billups and even Randy Foye for fractions of the season when called upon. If Young is not hitting crucial daggers night in and out, he just is not that valuable to the Clippers.
He does not have the consistency to be a starting threat for LA and they could use the money to re-sign players like Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans to come off of the bench and even maybe go after a defensively present free agent such as Kevin Garnett.
Nick Young is an energetic young player off of the bench, but if the Clippers want to be more than a one-round wonder, they need to surround Griffin and Paul with more than youth and energy.
They need more skill and fluidity.