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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 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

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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

Nick Young said "there will be a riot" if the Lakers don't do something to bring him back next season.

"They love me. The fans love me," Young said. The team officially announced that Young has opted out of his deal and is now an unrestricted free agent. The Lakers are certainly going to at least entertain bringing him back, but they'll likely exhaust all options for the big-name free agents before turning to Swaggy P.
Jun 25 - 6:44 PM

Nick Young has officially declined his $1.2 million player option, making him an unrestricted free agent, but he said it would be "a dream come true" to remain with the Lakers.

A source said that Young wants to be a "priority" for the Lakers in free agency, but there are too many moving parts in L.A. to imagine he'll be central in their plans. With only three players under contract (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre), Young may have been understating the situation when he said, "It's obvious they're going to make some changes."
Jun 24 - 3:16 PM

Nick Young could be willing to give the Lakers a hometown discount after opting out of his deal.

His last year is only worth $1.2 million, but he should be able to do better after a solid 2013-14. Young has been spotted on vacation wearing Lakers shorts and clearly is enjoying his time in Los Angeles. While last year was great, Young's fantasy value figures to take a massive hit with Kobe Bryant coming back.
Jun 19 - 12:53 AM

Nick Young got hot against the Jazz on Monday for a season-high 41 points with three boards, three assists and six 3-pointers on 14-of-23 shooting.

In a post-game interview with sideline reporter Mike Trudell, Young said he knew his career-high was 43 and he wanted to break it tonight, which is obviously the least surprising news of the day. He's had an interesting season for a several reasons: Swaggy said he didn't want to get an MRI on his knee because he'd be worried about the results, his Nike Air Yeezys were stolen and he's referred to himself in the third person more times than we care to count. If one thing's for sure, he's certainly not boring.
Apr 14 - 11:56 PM

Nick Young hurt his knee during Sunday's game but he quickly returned to finish with 14 points, four 3-pointers, one rebound, one steal and one block in 26 minutes.

Swaggy is having a terrific month of April, averaging 20.6 points, 3.4 triples, 1.8 assists and 0.6 steals in just 25 minutes per game off Mike D'Antoni's bench. He's almost certain to opt out of his NBA-minimum contract this summer, but he's already expressed a desire to re-sign with L.A.
Apr 14 - 12:34 AM

Nick Young scored 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting (including three treys) with four assists over 30 minutes off the bench in Friday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

After hearing about Corey Brewer's 51-point game, Young said in the locker room that he wanted to go for 60 the next time out. With the way he's assuming a neon green light on the floor, we don't doubt his sincerity and he should be in all lineups.
Apr 12 - 2:56 AM

Nick Young is expected to opt out of his $1.2 million option for next season, but he's "very confident" that he'll reach an agreement to re-sign with the Lakers.

Young is earning the NBA minimum this season, while averaging 17.5 points per game, and there's no doubt that he'll get a nice raise this summer. He said that he's willing to accept less from the Lakers than from other teams, which increases the odds that he'll stay in L.A.
Apr 10 - 4:55 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Steve Nash
2Jeremy Lin
SG1Kobe Bryant
2Jordan Clarkson
3Wayne Ellington
SF1Wes Johnson
2Nick Young
3Xavier Henry
PF1Carlos Boozer
2Julius Randle
3Ryan Kelly
C1Jordan Hill
2Robert Sacre
3Ed Davis