Lakers News: Nick Young Wants To Be Sixth Man Of The Year

Lakers News: Nick Young Wants To Be Sixth Man Of The Year


After losing two straight games to the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to get back on track against the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Sunday with one big change in the starting lineup.

Apparently, head coach Mike D’Antoni believed the Lakers would be better suited with Nick Young coming off the bench and Xavier Henry in the starting lineup. As a result of the change, the Lakers were solid throughout the game on both ends of the floor and Young seems to be inspired to strive for a new goal via our Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

In the first three games of the season, Young struggled to find his rhythm as a starter under D’Antoni. Young was coming off a limited outing against the Spurs only playing 18 minutes.

It became clear after the loss to the Spurs that D’Antoni would likely mix things up in order to use Young the right way. Coming off the bench seems to be exactly what the doctor ordered for the USC alum as he excelled in the reserve role.

In 21 minutes off the bench, Young scored 13 points on 5-for-9 from the field. Young also added four assists to his stats while proving to be a force in the second unit.

As for Henry, the 22-year-old came into his own as the starter scoring a team-high 18 points in 26 minutes on the floor.

After the win over the Hawks, it would be safe to say that D’Antoni will stick with Henry as the starter while keeping Young as his offensive weapon off the bench. It’ll be interesting to see if this rotation continues to work on the three-game road trip.


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  • Jim213

    Not a good start thus far.

    • richard

      you mean start to the season? If that is what you mean, I disagree… If you have told me 2 months ago that the Lakers will be 2-2 after a brutal 4 games to start the season, I would have disagreed. I peg them to come out 1-3 after 4 games. Winning just the Atlanta game.

      • Jim213

        Yes, not a good start for Young if he’s trying for 6 man of the year. But for the team in general I have them at 5-5 or 6-4 after finishing the coming road trip (optimistic).

  • meep

    well some guys just cant cut it as a starter. i think young will get back to the guy we sign him to be.the hawks game was a good start.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Nick Young reminds me of Jamal Crawford.Nick played much better off the bench tonight.

    • meep

      that what i was thinking, he struggle as a blazer, but once he got back to the bench as a clipper he got back to being a good player. that what young needed and a guy like x will do well in any role and he a more complete player who will fit well with the starters.

  • meep

    i just got to say x is really showing why he was a top 15 draft pick. im glad he laker, lakers need all his offense we can get with 3 of the 5 starters struggling to score

  • L.D

    @ queen saeed. Ur calling a pro ball player and millionaire garbage? Funny how you would waste your time speakin on a garbage player, u probably wear panties u bitch

  • petron_run&gun

    when kobe returns:
    (c)gasol, (pf)williams, (sf)henry, (sg)bryant, (pg)nash – starters
    (c)kaman, (pf)hill, (sf)johnson, (sg)young, (pg)farmar – reserve
    meeks and blake: 11th and 12th player

    • dctrini

      you are insane.
      when kobe returns
      gasol, hill, Xavier, kobe nash
      Kaman, Williams, Johnson, young,farmar
      hill is easily a double double scorer. why not play him 30 minutes and maybe moniter gasols minutes since him and Kaman are a little older

  • Migz24

    Trade Steve Blake!!!

  • YungMussuBLACK

    He was over anxious in the starting role. I felt it coming.