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Ideally, Nick Young and Xavier Henry are second-unit players for the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately, circumstances like injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and others have periodically forced the two into the starting lineup.
However, for the majority of 2013, both have been incredibly productive bench players. In 24 games off the bench, Young was averaging 17.5 points in 28.9 minutes. Overall, he is having what could be a career year, shooting 43.7 percent from the field and popping nearly two threes (1.7) a game.
Perhaps Young's best trait this season has been a willingness to listen and learn. According to Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, Young has been taking advice from Kobe Bryant.
“Kobe's been helping me out with it,” Young told Ding. “Me just learning, getting older, finding out how to do everything out there on the court.”
Henry is still on the bench but earned a few starts earlier in the year. In 25 games as a reserve, Henry is averaging 9.7 points in 20.4 very efficient minutes. In those games he is 40.5 percent from outside, and 45.8 percent overall.
Beyond those two, the bench is tough to predict on a nightly basis because of all the injuries and moving parts. Jordan Hill has started 16 of his 30 games but was just as productive off the bench, posting 8.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in just 17.4 minutes. Jordan Farmar has been in and out of the lineup but is a consistent producer on the second line.
Chris Kaman may not always be happy about his role, but he does his job when coming off the bench, along with Shawne Williams. They help to form a tough, physical backup frontcourt when healthy.