The New Nick Young

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I don’t know what meal plan Coach Luke Walton has Nick Young on, but, whatever it is, it has revitalized Young’s game on both offense and defense and assured Lakers fans on why the team kept him.

Yes, we are talking about Nick Young a.k.a. “Swaggy P.” The same guy who turned around in celebration after his three-point attempt rattled in-and-out of the basket and the same guy who said the Lakers were, “Back in the building,” after ending a seven-game losing-streak in the midst of a 21-61 season.

Young has started all twelve games thus far and is averaging 13.4 ppg on forty-five percent shooting and 37% from three in twenty-six minutes per game.

Did I mention he has been one of the Lakers’ top defenders? Not the top, but certainly among the top few along with Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr.

There is something about playing for Coach Walton that has the Lakers playing an unselfish, hard-working and fun style of basketball, and if Young can keep it up, he can make a run for NBA’s Most Improved Player award and help lead a young, unpredictable Lakers team into the playoffs as a surprise eighth seed.

It is a long season, but Young is enjoying playing basketball once again and that is what’s important, along with winning, of course.