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Lakers News: Lakers Plan To Use Nick Young At The Small Forward Reviewed by Momizat on . With the recent news that the Lakers will use their amnesty provision on fan favorite and now former starting small forward Metta World Peace, there is a gaping With the recent news that the Lakers will use their amnesty provision on fan favorite and now former starting small forward Metta World Peace, there is a gaping Rating:
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Lakers News: Lakers Plan To Use Nick Young At The Small Forward

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dm_130711_Nick_Young_Signs_With_LakersWith the recent news that the Lakers will use their amnesty provision on fan favorite and now former starting small forward Metta World Peace, there is a gaping hole at the starting small forward spot. Although he might not have been their first option for the position, Nick Young looks to be in the driver seat to earn the nod.

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According to the Lakers Twitter account, General Manager Mitch Kupchack expects Young to play the small forward position.

The announcement to bring Young on board happened on Thurday. The Lakers signed him to a one-year, $1.2 million contract, using one of their multiple veteran minimum contracts.

Young has been used as more of a reserve in his NBA career so far, but it is looking like the Lakers might be expecting a bigger role out of him, especially with the possibility of Kobe Bryant missing the first couple of months of the season. If the Lakers’ season started tomorrow the starting lineup would be: Steve Nash PG, Jodie Meeks SG, Nick Young SF, Jordan Hill PF, and Pau Gasol C. So until Kobe comes back, Young will be asked to score some points.

Last year, Young played for the Philadelphia 76ers in a reserve role where he averaged, 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 23.9 minutes per game. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers Young can put up in a starting role, not to mention playing in his own backyard being an alumni of USC.

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J.J. earned his degree in Sports Media from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2014. He played baseball collegiately for four years and is now interning with Lakers Nation and Sports City. J.J. is a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers and USC Trojans fan and a currently suffering Los Angeles Angels fan.

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  • Ordunaanthony

    Hell no !
    Either a 6 man or play the 2nd spot and move kobe to the 3rd spot. This kid can’t guard KD , Melo, Lebron!!

    • Rigged4fun

      Since when does D’Antoni worry about defense?

    • richard

      And who in the league can guard those players 1-on-1? Nick Young is a decent defender, quick on his feet and long. as Marc Pal mentioned above.

      “The best defense for those guys is to force them to work on defense.”

      And as many defensive coaches have been emphasizing, the defensive side of the ball is more team oriented than it is with the offensive side. any team can be a great defensive team without having a great defensive guy on a team – Chicago comes to mind. What we need is a good defensive coach with a good defensive scheme that is akin to the roster’s strength.

    • Frank Williams

      About 90% of the league can’t guard KD, Melo or Lebron, so this Kid is in good company. Let’s Go Lakers Let’s Go!!!

  • Marc Pal

    This proposed move might actually work. Compare Nick Young’s stats with MWP and Kawhi Leonard. They are very similar except Nick is younger and quicker than Metta but, doesn’t rebound as well as Kawhi. They are all listed as 6’7″ with wingspans of 7′ or above, and their average scores are comparable. No one in the NBA can check Melo, Lebron, Durant, or Kobe. The best defense for those guys is to force them to work on defense.

  • quickster007

    Nick Young should be playing the shooting guard position. I hope the Lakers can sign Lamar Odom so he could play the small forward spot. Jordan Hill is too injury prone. He was on injured reserve the last two years. The Lakers might be looking at Kaman at center, Pau at power forward, Nick Young at small forward, Jodie Meeks at shooting guard (until Kobe’s comeback), Nash at point guard. No defense on the back court.

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