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Throughout his career, Nick Young has been tagged as a solid perimeter scorer, whether it was with Washington or Los Angeles. However, that is the only term that could be applied to Young, who has shown little desire to develop a well-rounded game during his five-year stint in the league
The problem with Young is that the teams he plays for are not looking at him as a three-point shooting specialist who plays 15 minutes and is on the court solely to stretch out a defense. Young, particularly in Washington, was considered a first option and a player who his club would attempt to run their offense through.
Unfortunately, all that translated into were a slew of contested outside shots and almost no playmaking from the USC product. In his best statistical season, Young averaged 17.4 points per game and made 38.7 percent of his threes, but shot just 44.1 percent overall and passed out an anemic 1.2 dimes in nearly 32 minutes of playing time per game.
Young is a true talent, but he absolutely refuses to try and make his teammates better, and once the ball enters his hands, there is little chance he opts to dish it off instead of firing away.
Throughout his career, Young has battled inconsistency and inefficiency, two things that are common among lazy players. He has a solid handle, but rarely attempts to get to the rim, instead settling for more difficult but less physically punishing field-goal attempts more often than not.
In addition, as a 6’7” shooting guard, he has a match-up advantage over nearly every player at his position but rarely exploits it on either end of the court, as he is far from an impact defender and does not have any consistent form of post offense to use to exploit his height.
Now with the Philadelphia 76ers, Young is averaged nine points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game while connecting on just 33.9 percent of his shot attempts and 28 percent of his three-pointers in 24.7 minutes per night off the bench.
His Game 1 against Memphis as a Clipper, in which he had 19 points and hit three-of-four attempts from distance, will live on in NBA history, but Young’s lack of motivation has significantly lowered his ceiling as a player.