Nick Young turned 28-years-old on June 1. Young is a free agent of the Philadelphia 76ers who can flat out shoot the ball. Although he made $5,600,000 last season the fact that his reviews around the league are so mixed makes most believe he'll be taking quite a pay cut this off-season. Could the New York Knicks take advantage and pluck a premier shooter off one of their Atlantic Division rivals in free agency?
Nick Young could be a steal in free agency. The 6'7", 210 pound shooting guard/small forward was selected 16th overall 2007 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. The former USC star played for the Wizards from 2007-12, the Los Angeles Clippers in 2012 and the Philadelphia 76ers since 2012.
Young flourishes in transition where he can run the floor and pick up points on the fast break. He has the talent and athleticism to be a consistent scorer if he finds the right environment. Madison Square Garden could be that place.
Defensively, Young is underrated. He has a 7' wingspan that he uses to as an advantage over guards on the perimeter. He also has good lateral speed and enough quickness to keep in front of his opponent.
However, his true strength is as an offensive threat. Young doesn't need the ball in his hands to be effective. He's a player who thrives in schemes built on spreading the ball around. He works off screens very well and can kill defenses from the perimeter.
The bottom line is, Young is a very good shooter. He shoots a solid percent from three-point range and from the field. He thrives as a great scoring spark off the bench. He's certainly not a number one weapon but he can flat-out score.
Young also has massive hands and an explosive leaping ability. His vertical leap was measured at 44" with a running start. To say he can throw down some highlight real dunks would be an understatement.
He can use his size and athleticism to create his own shot and dribble past defenders to get to the rim. With Chris Copeland likely leaving New York in free agency this off-season, having a player like Young who can come off the bench and swing the game in the Knicks' favor could be valuable.