It's the rare day when Nick Young isn't smiling. With a relaxed attitude and an easygoing nature that exceeds his California cool, it doesn't seem as if anything can bother Young.
He is, after all, Swaggy P, the fun-loving gunner whose aim is to score big with style and panache. For Swaggy P, it doesn't matter what you do as long as you look good doing it.
But beneath the smile and through the veneer of the character, there is something else lurking. Sixers coach Doug Collins said he saw it before the season began when the team had just inked Young to a one-year deal.
According to Collins, he told Young's agent Mark Bartelstein that his aim was to turn Nick Young, a.k.a. Swaggy P into Nick Young, basketball player.
"I told him when we got him that my goal as his coach was to make him a more polished player," Collins said after Young's 18-point performance in the victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. "Not 'Swaggy P' and the act, but a player."
Collins said he wanted Young to be the new version of what Lou Williams was for the Sixers over the past couple of seasons. That was a savvy veteran able to come off the bench to provide quick scoring, clutch shooting and leadership on the floor.
For Young, that is quite a departure from the public image.
Not even two weeks ago Collins announced that he was moving Young out of his rotation and into a seat at the end of the bench. Notorious for only being willing to give significant playing time to four perimeter players, Collins felt as though Young's defense was too troublesome and his offense did not provide the same punch as that of veteran Jason Richardson.
Nick Young turning into more than just an act
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