The Los Angeles Lakers just suffered through one of the worst seasons that they have had in quite some time, but they are hoping to have a good offseason and come back with a re-tooled roster that is ready to compete next year.
One of the bright pieces of this past year was the play of Nick Young, who showed that he is more than capable of being one of the better sixth men in the NBA. He showed the ability to score the basketball at a high level, but he does need to learn to play better team basketball to reach his full potential and make things even more difficult for opposing defenders.
Nick Young says he’s a Laker fan for life and is willing to take a pay cut to remain in LA. Hope everything works out. #STAYSWAG
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) May 29, 2014
It’s not too surprising that he is looking to stay in one spot long-term for the first time in his career, and the Lakers likely would love to have him stick around if he’s willing to calm down a bit. His offense is lethal, but he showed at times last year that he wasn’t capable of being the number one guy off of the bench because of inconsistency and his inability to put his teammates in a better position. That being said, he has shown the ability to impact the game in a major way, and actually was forced to be the Lakers’ leading all-around scorer for a good chunk of this past season.
Young played in 64 games this past season with the Lakers, starting in just nine of those appearances. He averaged 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, and just 1.5 assists per game. Obviously the rebounding and assist numbers are way too low, but his points coming off the bench are way above average. Kobe Bryant has made it clear that he likes Young, and that could be a very important thing next season.
Overall, it will be very interesting to see what kind of a deal Young gets if the Lakers do decide to lock him up long-term. He will likely get paid as the NBA’s second or third best sixth men, but it will be worth it for both sides. Don’t be surprised to see them agree to a new deal in the early stages of the offseason.