The Milwaukee Bucks have no longer been able to keep 24-year-old Larry Sanders a secret.
Not when the VCU product is throwing away so many shots that environmentalists have taken note.
The league-leading shot-blocker, with 3.2 blocks in less than 25 minutes per game, has erupted after a relatively quiet two seasons to open his NBA career.
But as Sanders found out on Monday night, that hasn't spurred Young to shy away from attacking the big man. Rather, it simply forced him to elevate his level of attack.
I'm still recovering from that Nick Young dunk. The last time a Larry Sanders got that humiliated, Garry Shandling was involved— Dime Update (@DimeUpdate) January 23, 2013
Midway through the second quarter of Monday night's 76ers-Bucks game, Young received a pass near the top of the key. A quick crossover created space, and the Philly guard raced around two Milwaukee defenders.
With the 6'11" Sanders looming at the basket, the 6'6" Young launched from just inside the paint. The soaring grace was quickly replaced by a thunderous finish that drew praise from an unlikely source:
Kudos to the Bucks broadcast crew for showing Nick Young's facial on LARRY SANDERS! the respect it deserved.— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) January 23, 2013
Young's perimeter proficiency (37.2 three-point percentage on the year) has lessened his high-flying reputation around the league. But this type of throwdown quickly reminded everyone of the aerial displays the former USC star is more than capable of.
Young topped the 20-point mark for the fifth time this season, but Sanders enjoyed the last laugh as the Bucks (22-18) edged the 76ers (17-25) 110-102 in Milwaukee.