Wizards player review: Nick Young

Wizards player review: Nick Young
May 20, 2012, 6:31 pm
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Although no longer with the Wizards, guard Nick Young was one of the bigger story lines for the team at the start of the season and at the trade deadline when he was shipped to the Clippers.

A first-round pick by the Wizards in 2007, Young was looking for a long-term contract this past off-season but the lockout limited his options as a restricted free-agent and he had to basically settle for a one-year deal with the Wizards.

It was bad timing for Young, who was coming off the best season of his career, leading the team in scoring at 17 points a game in the 2010-11 campaign.

Even though Young showed he could be a solid scorer at the shooting guard position, the Wizards weren't ready to make a long-term commitment to him because he still had shown signs of inconsistent play and immaturity.

After joining the team late in training camp because of his contract situation, Young started the 2011-12 season coming off the bench and he immediately proved he should start, scoring 16 points in just 18 minutes in the opening-night loss to New Jersey.

Young followed that up with 21 points in another loss at Atlanta.

Young's best game as a Wizard came in a 35-point effort in an upset win over the Blazers in Portland in mid-February. Young put on a shooting clinic against the Blazers, going 7 for 8 from three-point range.

Young scored over 20 points 14 times and averaged 16 points in 40 games for the Wizards this past season. Young continued to show that all he can really do is score and not much else, averaging just 1 assist and 2 rebounds a game.

Obviously, the Washington brass didn't see enough growth from Young this past year to think he could still be part of the rebuild so they dealt him to the Clippers for a second pick and Brian Cook at the trade deadline.

Young has provided instant offense off the bench for the Clippers, helping L.A. reach the second round of the playoffs.

With an all-star point guard in Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin drawing attention down low, L.A. is an ideal team for Young because he can get a lot of open jumpers.

Young will be a free-agent after this season and probably won't get the deal he was looking for. He's never going to be a star but if he can embrace his role as a third or fourth option, he can stick around for awhile