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Nick Young 2017–18 NBA Game Log
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Coming off a 2015-16 campaign in which he had shot just 33.9 percent from the field and finished the year as a healthy inactive, Young’s NBA career looked to be on life support. It was widely assumed that Young would be traded or waived prior to last season, but first-year coach Luke Walton instead elected to give Young a chance to prove himself, and the former first-round pick rose to the challenge. After entering training camp with a renewed focus on defense, Young surprisingly earned a spot on the Lakers’ first team, and went on to start in all 60 of the games he played. The consistent playing time helped Young rediscover his outside stroke, as the 32-year-old went on to drill 40.4 percent of his 3-point attempts -- the second-best mark of his career -- while chipping in 13.2 points per game. Citing a desire to play for a playoff-contending team, Young declined his player option for 2017-18 and took a small paycut in free agency, inking a one-year, $5.2 million deal with the Warriors. Golden State will look to the veteran to provide a scoring spark from the perimeter off the bench, but with an expected downturn in playing time and shot attempts as he moves from one of the worst teams in the league to the reigning champs, Young’s Fantasy utility will likely take a significant hit.
To say that Young and coach Byron Scott had some disagreements last season would be accurate and probably understating the friction between the player and coach, but Young and Scott both return for another go around in 2015-16. Coming off a fractured knee cap that caused him to miss the season's final 27 games, Young will look to bounce back from a disappointing and injury-riddled 2014-15 campaign. After playing 28 minutes per game under Mike D'Antoni, Young slid back to just 24 minutes in his 42 games under Scott last season, averaging 13.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, and 2.0 three-pointers, while shooting 37 percent from the field and 89 percent from the free-throw line. With it appearing likely that Kobe Bryant will play a big chunk of his minutes at the three, Young will likely be reduced to a backup role, relieving Bryant when he heads to the bench. Given Lou Williams is in town and will likely get most of the available backup minutes at shooting guard, Young' will get most of his minutes behind Bryant at the three. Now, given Bryant's shaky injury history, Young may find himself with a larger role at some point this season, but unless that happens, his fantasy usefulness is limited.
If there was ever a player made to play under the starlight in Hollywood, Nick Young would be that player. Playing in his hometown, Young posted the best season of his seven-year NBA career, averaging 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 2.1 three-pointers in 28 minutes per game through 64 games and was a leading candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award. He shot 44 percent from the field on 13.9 attempts and 83 percent from the line on 4.5 attempts. His PER (player efficiency rating) of 16.0 was the best of his career and marked the first time he had passed the league average of 15.0. Young really got cooking as the season wound down, scoring 40 points twice in April, and averaging 3.9 three-pointers during the that month. This season, with Bryant back, his shot attempts may not be as voluminous, but for a team bereft of offensive options, he should still be able to get plenty of shots up. Young looks likely to fill the sixth-man role again this season and will spend time at the two and the three.
Young saw a decrease in minutes, points and rebounds last season following an impressive 2011-12 campaign. Being the volume shooter that he is, Young is expected to have hot and cold streaks during the season. However, even when Kobe Bryant returns, Young is the favorite to start at the small forward position. In this role, he will hopefully return to averaging close to the 16.6 points per game he put up in 2011-12. Because of the opportunity to remain the starter after Bryant returns, Young looks to be useful for points and three-pointers, even in standard leagues, as long as he gets the minutes. Owners will just have to put up with disappointing outings every now and then.
In the past two years, Young showed that he could be a good scorer on a team that did not win many games. With the Wizards, he averaged nearly 17 points, but saw his minutes slashed when he was traded to the Clippers. Like Thaddeus Young, Nick will be asked to provide some bench scoring, but he is unlikely to provide enough to be a fantasy factor.
Young is a one-trick pony. He can score in bunches, but he does virtually all of his damage with jumpers. Coach Flip Saunders did a good job getting him to attack the basket more often last season, but Young’s potential doesn’t go far beyond his ability to hit three-pointers. There’s a good chance he’ll be the team’s starting shooting guard or small forward, but that’s contingent on how the team decides to use Jan Vesely and Jordan Crawford. Considering Crawford’s production, it would be surprising if he weren’t given the starting shooting guard gig entering training camp. That will leave Young to compete with the rookie Vesely for the starting small forward job, assuming the team doesn’t give it to Rashard Lewis. Through 38 games as the team’s starting shooting guard last season, Young averaged 20.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.0 three-pointers, 0.8 steals and 1.7 turnovers. Draft him for his three-pointers and hope he gets the shots needed to post gaudy scoring numbers like he did as a starter last season.
Young is a talented but inconsistent young swingman who again showed some flashes of offensive firepower last year but also was prone to disappear for long stretches. He is purely a scorer at this point in his career and really does not bring much else to the table, but his instant offense off the bench will earn him some playing time. He may compete for the starting small forward spot as well as backing up Arenas at shooting guard.
Young is a talented but inconsistent young swingman who showed some flashes of offensive firepower last year. Young is purely a scorer at this point in his career - he really does not bring much else to the table - but he is the type of player who can bring instant offense off the bench, so he will see some time in 2008-09, but less minutes than last year.
Young showed some promise in limited run last season, shooting 40 percent from long-range. With the addition of Dixon, Young is probably an end-of-bench guy for now.
The Wizard tabbed Young with the 16th overall pick in June's draft to give the team a new and improved version of free agent departee, Jarvis Hayes, as well as DeShawn Stevenson insurance. The 6-7, 200-pound Young (compared by some to the Knicks' Jamal Crawford) averaged 17.5 points on 52.5 percent shooting as a junior last season at USC. He is viewed as a player who can create shots off the dribble and make jump shots from three-point range. He's slated to come off the bench, and with the Wizards not usually rushing rookies into the mix, expect his involvement to increase gradually as the season progresses.
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Coming off bench Friday
Totals six points in Game 1 start
Young managed six points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3Pt), one rebound and one steal across 21 minutes during Golden State's 123-101 win over the Pelicans in Game 1 of their Western Conference second-round playoff series.
Just six points in 24 minutes
Young registered six points (1-3 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's blowout 119-79 loss to the Utah Jazz.
Contributes five points off bench Sunday
Young posted five points (2-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist across 20 minutes in Sunday's 117-100 win over the Suns.