Nick Young After Clutch Charge: 'I'm the Defensive Player of the Year Now'

Joe Flynn@@ChinaJoeFlynnContributor INovember 30, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 29:  Nick Young #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against the Detroit Pistons on November 29, 2013 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by D. Williams/Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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You might as well take an extended vacation, NBA Defensive Player of the Year award voters, because your services will not be required this year.

Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young took a charge on Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith with two seconds left to preserve the Lakers' 106-102 win.

The charge can be seen at the two-minute, two-second mark of this highlight video.

And that does it, folks: We have ourselves a new DPOY.

Per Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Young's words should come as no surprise. This is Nick Young we're talking about, after all, and Nick Young almost certainly thinks Nick Young should be the Defensive Player of the Year. The only surprise to Nick Young is that Nick Young hasn't won the award already.

This is a player who invited comparisons to Kanye West with his "Yeezus getup" following a November 23 win over the Golden State Warriors. And if Kanye can compare himself to William Shakespeare, Walt Disney and Andy Warhol, then why can't Young compare his defensive prowess to the likes of Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo? 

Just for a laugh, let's see how Young stacks up to the last three Defensive Player of the Year award winners in terms of Basketball Reference's defensive win shares.

Nick Young vs. Defensive Players of the Year
SeasonDPOY WinnerDPOY Defensive Win SharesNick Young Defensive Win Shares
2012-13Marc Gasol5.41.0
2011-12Tyson Chandler3.60.6
2010-11Dwight Howard7.70.4

For what it's worth, Young's teammate, Jordan Farmar, had himself a nice little chuckle about the game-saving charge.

How dare he mock Swaggy P's charge-taking! Farmar will be laughing out the other side of his face when he's the only Laker not invited to Nick Young's Defensive Player of the Year award presentation ceremony!


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