Nick Young always dreamed of playing professional basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers after spending his time in college at USC, and that dream will finally be realized this season after Young decided to join the Lakers during NBA free agency.
It is a perfect opportunity for Young to shine and he may even see more playing time than he could have ever imagined.
With the Lakers using the amnesty clause on Metta World Peace, Young is expected to step in and start at the three-spot for the team. Young did a solid job off of the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, but he could really flourish in the starting role.
The best news for Swaggy P is that he could be seeing a lot of playing time if he puts in the work. That comes from the Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Kupchak on Young: “We think there’s a lot of playing time here for him if he works hard. We see him playing at the small forward position.”
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 12, 2013
When he was given extended playing time with the 76ers, Young was able to net 13.1 points per contest.
If he can continue to improve on those numbers, he could prove to be a better free agent acquisition than Dwight Howard or Steve Nash were just a season ago.