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Nick Young | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 210
College: USC
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Nick Young bounced back from a scoreless game on Friday to finish Sunday's home win with 13 points, two 3-pointers and two rebounds.
He chipped in one steal and has now scored double-digit points in five of L.A.'s past six games. Swaggy P does precious little beyond scoring and hitting 3-pointers, yet he's doing enough of those two things to be a 3-point specialist in just 19.2 minutes per game. Nov 16 - 12:30 AM

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Nick Young played 26 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-13 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to tie his season high with 17 points, along with two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.

With Kobe Bryant resting it wasn't hard to see a decent night coming from Young. He's averaging just 9.6 points and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games, but he doesn't offer much more than that. Especially when Kobe is in uniform.
Nov 10 - 10:50 PM

Nick Young scored 17 points off the bench in Friday's blowout loss.

Young hit 5-of-11 shots with three treys and he made all four of his free throws. If any of this mattered we'd also get excited over the two boards, three assists and three steals. He needs a few injuries in front of him before he's on the standard league radar.
Oct 31 - 2:31 AM

Nick Young nailed four 3-pointers to finish with 14 points in 19 minutes off the bench vs. the Wolves on Wednesday.

Swaggy P also added two boards and looked like he was having fun out there, and it's great to see him shoot it with confidence again. There are a lot of mouths to feed while the Lakers are at full strength, so Young is only worth a look as a 3-point specialist in deeper leagues for now. If Kobe Bryant goes down at some point this season and Young is still this hot, he can be considered in standard leagues.
Oct 29 - 2:11 AM

Nick Young said that his relationship with Byron Scott has improved from last season.

Me and Byron are good, but I’m using it as motivation," Young said. A trade candidate during the summer, Young wants to show he can be part of the answer in Los Angeles. "He’s surprised me a little bit," Scott said. "During practice, he’s been a whole lot more serious." The Lakers are paper-thin at small forward, but Young isn't guaranteed a sizable role.
Oct 19 - 11:38 AM

Nick Young sat out the Lakers' scrimmage on Thursday after tweaking his knee during practice.

The Lakers maintain that he's fine, so this is just something to make a note of. If he plays in Saturday's preseason game against the Warriors, it'll be safe to say that this will be a non-issue moving forward.
Oct 15 - 5:06 PM

Nick Young will start for D'Angelo Russell (glute) on Thursday.

Coach Byron Scott said it doesn't mean much. In other words, the Lakers are just using different player combos tonight with their rookie point guard not playing. Young is still not worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 8 - 8:27 PM

Nick Young played 23 minutes and hit 4-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's OT loss to the Jazz.

Young still hasn't met a shot he doesn't love, although a couple ill-advised ones actually went down last night. Young is worth keeping an eye on and will be worth picking up if the Lakers deal with injury woes, but he's nearly undraftable unless you're in a very deep league.
Oct 7 - 3:49 AM

Nick Young (back) scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Jazz, to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Jazz.

Young hurt his back during Friday's practice, but it didn't limit him at all on Sunday, so it doesn't look like this will be an issue moving forward. Young doesn't do a lot aside from score, and it could be tough for him to consistently do that this year, as he'll be fighting for touches with Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams. Unless your league has a category for ridiculous quotes, we wouldn't advise targeting Swaggy P too aggressively on draft day.
Oct 5 - 1:47 AM

Nick Young twisted his back awkwardly on Friday, and he didn't sound too optimistic when he was asked how he was doing.

"It’s still kind of tough. I’ll get treatment, get stretched out and see what happens," Young said. "I’ll go with the flow and see what happens. If it doesn’t get better, there’s nothing I can do." Young is hoping to carve out a consistent role in the rotation during the preseason, so this won't help his chances. There a ton of mouths to feed on the wings in Los Angeles next season, so it will be tough for Young to have fantasy value outside of deeper formats. We will update his status when we know more.
Oct 3 - 10:23 AM

Nick Young had a back spasm on Friday.

He is fine, according to coach Byron Scott. Young doesn't have a history of back spasms, so there's no reason to worry yet.
Oct 2 - 9:50 PM

Nick Young had a tattoo of Tupac Shakur on his right arm during his play at the Drew League this summer.

This is bad news for one of the best quotes of 2014. "No tats on the right arm Strictly for buckets," Young tweeted back on Aug. 14, 2014. After a horrible 2014-15, Swaggy P will look for changes as he attempts to regain the California love from the Lakers fans. For fantasy, he'll need a Hail Mary to be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues and most owners can picture him rollin' on the waiver wire.
Aug 3 - 2:32 PM

General manager Mitch Kupchak told Nick Young he should "work with" coach Byron Scott.

"Work off of coach and make sure everybody is on the same page," Young said. That sounds like an easy order, but don't forget Young said Scott's feedback isn't valuable, Scott said Young has to grow as a basketball player, and most importantly Scott said Swaggy's haircut from last season "looks like a bunch of worms up there." With Lou Williams around and Kobe Bryant back, Swaggy P can be ignored in most drafts.
Jul 29 - 2:50 PM

Nick Young said he felt like Pau Gasol as a result of his name being in trade rumors this summer.

I still stayed in the gym, still did what I was supposed to do, trying to block out everything and just still have fun. You never know what's going to happen — especially in free agency when you hear your name in ever rumor and in every trade talk," Young said. When asked about his second time around with Byron Scott, Young said, "It's all about being a pro." We'll see if SwagTime McBuckets is capable of that, but he's got an enormous opportunity with the Lakers' paper-thin depth at small forward.
Jul 27 - 8:42 AM

Nick Young, who made a game-winning 3-pointer in the Drew League on Sunday, said that GM Mitch Kupchak didn't want him to fret about L.A.'s decision to sign Lou Williams.

Young recently had a meeting with Kupchak, which reportedly left him confident that he'll stay with the Lakers next season. Nevertheless, his playing time and fantasy value are directly threatened by Williams' arrival. He told reporters that he's spent the summer improving his decision-making and play off the ball both defensively and offensively, but coach Byron Scott didn't sound too impressed. "I don’t know what he’s doing," Scott said earlier in July. "If he’s saying that’s what he’s doing, then that’s what I believe he’s doing."
Jul 26 - 8:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Lou Williams
3Marcelo Huertas
SG1Jordan Clarkson
2Nick Young
SF1Kobe Bryant
2Ryan Kelly
3Metta World Peace
4Anthony Brown
PF1Julius Randle
2Brandon Bass
3Larry Nance
C1Roy Hibbert
2Tarik Black
3Robert Sacre