Los Angeles Lakers: Nick Young Player Evaluation

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The season was brutal, but 27 wins in the Western Conference isn’t as horrifying as one may think.  Many believe Mike D’Antoni overachieved with the roster he was presented.  Add that to the tragedy of Kobe Bryant hitting the injury list again, and maybe you have a point.

Someone on last season’s Los Angeles Lakers tried to fill the huge shoes of Bryant, though.  He did a Swaggy job.

Young

December 25, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Nick Young (0) reacts after scoring a three point basket against the Miami Heat during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

That doesn’t always mean excellent, everyone.

Nick Young had his moments — good and bad — and he had his setbacks.

Playing only 64 games due to a knee injury that didn’t even appear that serious initially, he was a top catalyst for the Lakers’ offense.  Playing at that hellacious pace, with Mr. Pringles as your coach, injuries were going to happen.

Young racked up all the fame on and off the court, nothing more glorified than his celebrity relationship and appearances on Shaqtin’ A Fool.

Oh, Swaggy, where do we go now?

Here’s some of the top observations we’ve had of the kindhearted fellow this past season.

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  • hookedonnews

    Want to explain how that hellacious pace led to Nick’s knee injury? Time to stop repeating that theory. The Lakers played at no greater pace than other teams (Suns, Rockets, etc.) who didn’t have the boatload of injuries the Lakers had. Blaming D’Antoni’s system for the injuries suffered when 2 players bump knees or someone steps on another player’s foot and twists an ankle, torn ligaments in an elbow, etc. makes no sense. There’s no real explanation for the number of injuries last season other than lousy luck.