76ers' Nick Young will not stop gunning because he's still Nick Young
Philadelphia's Nick Young has never been shy about shooting. He's off to a relatively slow start this season but, to no one's surprise, he isn't worried.
|I'm guessing he just took a jumper. (US Presswire)|
I'll wait for you to get your legs back under you before I continue. Young is one of the more recognizable gunners among NBA fans. He's one of those shoot-first, shoot-second, pass only on inbounds type of scorers in the NBA. He has averaged 11.4 points on 9.8 shots for his career. He's a career 42.8 percent shooter. He has more 3-pointers made (380) in his career than assists (340).
He's not an out-of-control player, either. He has averaging just 1.8 turnovers per 36 minutes for his career. When the ball comes to him, he's not going to wildly try to create a play for himself. He's just going to shoot the ball because that's what he does.
To start this season, Young has been in a big slump. He has averaging 9.0 points on 10.3 shot attempts per game. He has made just 33.9 percent of his shots and 28 percent of his 3-pointers. Is it possible he'll change his approach and look for better shot selection to break out of his slump? Via CSNPhilly.com:
“I’ve been in the league for a while and I’ve seen it all,” Young said. “I’ve been through stages where I had three or four bad games in a row, and then the next one I came out and scored 45."
Couple of funny things about this:
- His career high is 43 points. He was a little bit off on that, but I guess that's just picking nits.
- He had two bad games before that game. He went 6 of 15 for 16 points against the New Jersey Nets and 3 of 8 for seven points against the Charlotte Bobcats before his 43-point outburst against the Sacramento Kings on Jan. 11, 2011. Twenty-three points on 23 shots is just about what his career rate would tell you he'd do.
- Three games before his career scoring night, Nick Young had 21 points on 9 of 16 shooting.
Later in the article, Sixers coach Doug Collins, a former gunner himself, gave a great quote about someone like Young possibly getting to the free throw line or getting some buckets at the rim in order to get his jumper going.
“What I always said and what Reggie Miller was the king of, can you start the game with a layup or can you get to the free throw line where you don’t have to hit a home run all the time, Collins said. “When you have to hit a lot of home runs, you get a lot of strike outs.”
Young apparently loved that thought process and later stated, "Once I see two go down in a row, that’s pretty much a wrap on the game."
That might be the most Nick Young quote ever.
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