While Steve Nash and Kendall Marshall look forward to being Laker players next season, there are others that are still hopeful. Jodie Meeks and Xavier want to remain on the team as well. If there is one player that loves being a Laker, but easily outplayed his contract, it is Nick Young.
Before, Nick Young was considered undisciplined on both ends of the floor. It was obvious, considering on other teams, he was supposed to be their Jamal Crawford. Earlier in the season, he settled into a co-captain of sorts, showing a few instances of good defensive play and playmaking ability. But, with the team decimated with injuries, he reverted back to his isolation, scoring self.
This isn’t always a bad thing. It makes him a #1 option on offense, especially with the shot clock running out. Did he complain about not starting? No. He comes off the bench, gets heavy minutes, and despite some slight injuries, has been one of the healthiest Lakers on the team.
While most of the points were scored in garbage time, he used the same skill set he has used all season to come through for the Lakers for a few wins. He’s still excellent at creating space and getting his shot off. He operates well within a 5′ circle in isolation. He’s opportunistic on his drives.
It’s simply an unfortunate situation for the Lakers. While last night’s game was a rough watch, at least a few individuals can stand out. Nick is finally a top option on offense. He’s finally playing for his favorite team. It’s a shame they aren’t winning.
You can’t always get what you want.
You get what you need.
Nick Young will be getting what he deserves, a bigger contract. He’s at his peak, and deserves to be a Jamal Crawford-type, just on a winning team.