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Nick Young | Guard/Forward

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 210
College: USC
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Nick Young (thumb) had his cast removed on Monday.
Young's timetable hasn't changed, but it's good news to see the cast coming off in advance of the Lakers opening the regular season. Swaggy P is expected to return sometime in mid-to-late November and will have a prominent role in the Lakers offense as the team's sixth man whenever he's back on the court. Oct 27 - 1:07 PM

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Nick Young (thumb) can start running on Friday.

It will be good for Swaggy P to get back to physical activity, but it's not a significant stride in his recovery considering it's his thumb that is injured. However, despite his 6-8 week timetable coach Byron Scott said his recovery could be shortened to 5-7 weeks.
Oct 9 - 5:33 PM

Nick Young (thumb) had surgery on his torn thumb ligament and is out approximately eight weeks.

It's to his shooting thumb and he's going to miss some time in the regular season. Young hasn't seen his production translate to fantasy unless it's a very high volume, so fantasy owners can let someone else hope he wins MVP this season.
Oct 6 - 7:53 PM

Nick Young (thumb) participated in conditioning drills on Sunday despite his impending surgery on Monday, and coach Byron Scott said he could return in 4-6 weeks.

Young appeared in good spirits and even joked around and said, "I thought I had the day off today." It is good to see that Swaggy P will be able to stay in shape, and even better that Scott revised his timetable from the initial 6-8 week projection. He is expected to be the sixth man for the Lakers and it's hard to recommend him before the very end of standard drafts.
Oct 5 - 4:00 PM

Nick Young has a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to miss the next eight weeks.

He suffered the injury in practice and the injury is to his shooting hand. Young will be the sixth man for the Lakers and should see minutes in the 20s, but his debut will have to wait about one month into the season. While he is out, Xavier Henry (back, knee, wrist), Wayne Ellington and Jordan Clarkson are candidates to fill in. Hopefully, the Lakers don't have this type of luck through the season again.

Nick Young suffered a sprained right thumb on Friday.

The Lakers are sending him to get an MRI, and the results are expected to be ready by Saturday. Lakers' coach Byron Scott anticipates Young will only be sidelined a couple of days, but if the MRI shows a tear, he could be out a couple weeks. Young's propensity to jack up shots could earn him a few death stares from Mr. Kobe Bryant this season, and he doesn't offer much to fantasy squads outside of 3-pointers and points. Young shouldn't be taken until the very late-rounds of standard leagues.
Oct 3 - 5:15 PM

Coach Byron Scott said he likes Nick Young as a sixth man and thinks he can be a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.

Young said earlier that he might try to win MVP. No player has ever won Sixth Man of the Year and MVP in the same season, but Swaggy P has only been in the league since 2007.
Oct 2 - 10:07 PM

Nick Young said he might try to win MVP this season.

"I might win MVP or try to go for Sixth Man of the Year or most improved or Defensive Player of the Year," Young said. "I got robbed last year." Whatever you say, Swaggy.
Sep 30 - 1:19 AM

Nick Young has told the Los Angeles Lakers' rookies that they cannot call him by his self-given nickname, "Swaggy P."

When asked about his new rookie nickname, Young said, "When you talk to them next time, ask Jordan [Clarkson] what he calls me every morning, and ask Julius [Randle] what he calls me every morning. It's got a little Swag in it." Jordan Clarkson shed a little more light on situation, "Naw, he told me to call him 'Daddy Swag'. That's a rookie duty so I'll make sure I get it done." Young enjoyed a career year with the Lakers in 2013-14, but is more of a volume shooter who will have trouble providing much fantasy value off the bench now that Kobe Bryant is healthy.
Sep 18 - 1:46 PM

Nick Young is likely to come off the bench behind Wes Johnson this season.

We've updated our depth charts and you can give Johnson a slight boost on your cheat sheets. Young should still get plenty of shots off the bench and could eventually start, even if he's not there on opening night. We're not going to drop him too far just yet, but his minutes could take a hit if he's not in the starting five.
Sep 10 - 9:05 PM

Nick Young said he doesn't keep tattoos on his right arm because it's "strictly for buckets."

Well, OK then. Swaggy P is heavily tattooed on his left arm and places all over his body, so this is about as Swaggy of an answer as he's given. After a career year in 2013-14, Young should take a back seat on offense with Kobe Bryant healthy.
Aug 16 - 9:36 AM

Nick Young scored 26 points on 21 shots at the Drew League on Sunday.

In his usual fashion, Swaggy P said his nickname is "I Am Legend" at the Drew League. "I've been a one-man show since I started at the Drew League," Young said. "I've been playing at the Drew for a while. I never played with no NBA people on my team or nothing. That's why." He won't have any Will Smith-based nicknames this season with Kobe Bryant around and his production is expected to take a hit after a career year in 2013-14.
Source: ESPN LA
Jul 28 - 9:38 AM

The Lakers officially signed Nick Young to a four-year, $21.5 million deal on Monday.

"We are happy to retain such a skilled player committed to being part of what we are building as a franchise," said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Swaggy P had a decent season with the Lakers last year averaging 17.9 points, 2.1 three-pointers, and not much else. Young is a volume shooter, and one shouldn't expect him to put up similar numbers with a healthy Kobe Bryant on the floor next season.
Jul 21 - 4:56 PM

Nick Young has re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year deal worth $21.5 million.

Young will remain in LA with his hometown Lakers. He was decent last season, compiling averages of 17.9 points, and 2.1 three-pointers a game, but those results can't be expected when playing alongside a healthy Kobe Bryant. Young really doesn't offer much outside of scoring, and when Kobe is there to take away his opportunities, he's not going to be offering much at all.
Jul 11 - 6:17 PM

The Lakers reached out to free agent G/F Nick Young early Tuesday morning.

Young predicted there would be a "riot" if the Lakers don't try to re-sign him, and it looks like we've avoided that potentially chaotic situation. Other teams are also going to be interested in Swaggy P, who averaged a career-high 17.9 point last season for the Lakers.
Jul 1 - 2:16 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeremy Lin
2Ronnie Price
3Steve Nash
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Wayne Ellington
3Jordan Clarkson
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Ed Davis