Wednesday's 92-84 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers allowed Wizards fans to catch a glimpse at one of their former "three burritos" in Nick Young. More attention has been devoted to JaVale McGee's uneven play in Denver and Andray Blatche's resurgence in Brooklyn, but quietly, Young seems to have found his niche in a new environment.
Young has been starting and thriving in place of the injured Jason Richardson. Last night, he scored 18 points while also tallying four assists, four rebounds and two steals. It was the fifth straight game he scored in double figures, and he's averaged nearly 13 points a game on 42-percent shooting from the field and 43-percent shooting from three-point land in January.
While many (including me) wondered how Young's style would mesh with a coach like Doug Collins, it looks like the partnership is going well. Collins hasn't tried to change Young, and has even go so far to call him "Swaggy P" in interviews. Instead, he's tried to add to his game while letting him be himself. Via CSN Philly:
"[Young] has really listened as we've tried to teach him," Collins said. "He's focused and I told him when we got him that my goal as his coach was to make him a more polished player. Not 'Swaggy P' and the act, but a player. He's guarding now, he had four assists and he's getting in there and making plays for our guys. He's earned the trust of his teammates and, more importantly, he trusted the coaching staff when he came here."
Nick Young thriving as key piece for Philadelphia 76ers
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