Why Nick Young deserves to be an NBA All-Star
By ALYSHA TSUJI
College Contributor Network
He suggests that Magic Johnson "chill out," he jokes that Kobe Bryant should pass him the ball more, he compares himself to Matt Kemp, he says his life is Hollywood and he's dating four-time Grammy nominee Iggy Azaela.
A torn ligament in his thumb kept him on the sidelines for the first 10 games this season, but Nick Young (self-nicknamed "Swaggy P") is back at full strength averaging 15.7 points per game to complement his charming interview antics.Even with Kobe passing MJ's spot in the history books and generally keeping the ball glued to his hands, Young managed to find a game to shine against, who other than, the defending champs.
On Dec. 12 in San Antonio, Young hit a game-winning three-pointer in overtime over Manu Ginobli to lift the struggling Lakers over the Spurs 112-110.
Afterwards he said he "knew it was cash" once it left his hand. Although, he waited to see it drop through the net before celebrating this time. He also said his new nickname should be "I Don't Miss" - I.D.M.
This man deserves your love and adoration.
Swaggy P plays like it's an all-star game every night, except not the kind of all-star game where the megastars give up on defense to give the fans a few LeBron alley-oops. Swaggy P brings back playground ball with a dash of his own signature flair.
Imagine him taking part in the 2015 All-Star festivities in Madison Square Garden. Almost without fail, Young drops golden lines in interviews. His time with the media would be priceless before and after the game, and throughout the entire weekend.
During the game, he'd allow the stars to do their thing (as he currently does with Kobe) while also assuring he has his chance to bask in the limelight. On the bench, he'd cheer everyone on.
Swaggy P was born to be an all-star. And the greatest part is that nobody handed him any of this. He slid into the NBA as a 16th pick to the Wizards out of USC, then he jumped to the 76ers, then to the Clippers, then to the Lakers. Not much luck with landing on winning teams.
He consistently averaged double-digits, yet never consistently had the attention of the fans. If he had joined the Lakers at a different time, perhaps he would've passed along as a solid contributor. But he landed on a desperate Lakers squad, clawing for more headline players aside from the "Black Mamba." Young has filled his role, earned his spot and injected pizzazz into a deflated franchise.
The all-star ballot is overflowing with talent. Picks should be made wisely, only the most worthy players should receive a nod. Nick Young fills the qualifications this year in terms of talent and personality. He's dropping buckets and smiling -- while on the Lakers.
If you fill out an NBA All-Star ballot, be sure to add Nick Young to your front court. He won't disappoint.
Alysha Tsuji is a senior Journalism major at Pepperdine University. Her passion lies in sports media, namely when it comes to covering the NBA. Follow her on Twitter: @AlyshaTsuji