|2007 NBA Draft||NBA||Drafted 16th overall by Washington.|
|3rd July, 2007||NBA||Signed four year, $7,439,503 rookie scale contract with Washington. Included team options for 2009/10 and 2010/11.|
|27th October, 2008||NBA||Washington exercised 2009/10 team option.|
|29th October, 2009||NBA||Washington exercised 2010/11 team option.|
|19th December, 2011||NBA||Re-signed by Washington to a one year, $3,695,857 contract.|
|15th March, 2012||NBA||As a part of a three team deal, traded by Washington to L.A. Clippers, along with JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to Denver, in exchange for Nene from Denver, and Brian Cook and a 2015 second round pick from L.A. Clippers (#47, Arturas Gudaitis).|
|11th July, 2012||NBA||Signed a one year, $5.6 million contract with Philadelphia.|
|11th July, 2013||NBA||Signed a guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with L.A. Lakers. Included player option for 2014/15.|
|24th June, 2014||NBA||Declined 2014/15 player option.|
|21st July, 2014||NBA||Re-signed by L.A. Lakers to a four year, $21,326,174 contract. Included player option for 2017/18.|
|21st June, 2017||NBA||Declined 2017/18 player option.|
|7th July, 2017||NBA||Signed a one year, $5,192,000 contract with Golden State.|
|10th December, 2018||NBA||Signed an unguaranteed minimum salary contact for the remainder of the season with Denver.|
|30th December, 2018||NBA||Waived by Denver.|
|2004 - 2007||USC (NCAA)|
|June 2007 - March 2012||Washington Wizards (NBA)|
|March 2012 - June 2012||L.A. Clippers (NBA)|
|July 2012 - June 2013||Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)|
|July 2013 - June 2017||L.A. Lakers (NBA)|
|July 2017 - present||Golden State Warriors (NBA)|
|December 2018||Denver Nuggets (NBA)|
September 4, 2018
Last year, Nick Young won an NBA title and earned $5,192.000 for his troubles. He never played all that huge of a role for the Warriors, appearing in 100 games overall but playing in only 10 minutes per game in the playoffs, and although he hit his open threes well (the main if not only thing he was brought in for), he did typically little else but that. This is a shooter's league and Young is a shooter, but as a shooter with a sideshow and little to no interest in doing anything else, Young limits himself and his desirability.
June 29, 2018
SG/SF - 6’7, 210lbs - 33 years old - 11 years of experience
Ostensibly, Nick Young was brought to Golden State to hit three-point jump shots. And considering he hit them at 37.7% as a total mark on the regular season, it is essentially mission accomplished, at least on the face of it. That number is down slightly on the 40% he had hit last year, but it was still pretty good.
However, in previous seasons, Young had been a successful shooter on account of the volume of shots that he took. Young’s whole deal is being able to hit a lot of three-pointers, often of the difficult variety. He does not have an all-around game beyond this facet; Young rarely drives, does not create for others, and does not play good perimeter defence. The only way he justifies being a big minute NBA player is to take a lot of jump shots.
To do so in Golden State meant knowing how to operate within their intricate past, cut and move system. Young did not. Instead, as ever, he just mostly stood there, on the wings and in the corners, waiting for a chance to shoot. You make your own luck in this world; Nick Young didn't.
As a result, his numbers were down across the board; he attempted fewer shots, hit them less well, attempted fewer foul shots and passed for fewer assists despite being in a pass-friendly system. His offensive margins are so small that he could not afford to lose fractions, and his defence, as ever, was below par.
All told, then, this was not really mission accomplished for Young. Others could have done what he did, and for less.
Player Plan: Expiring $5,192,000 remaining. If there is room or need to bring him back, make it for the minimum, yet it probably makes more sense to just give this spot to Jacob Evans.
June 29, 2017
SG/SF, 6’7, 210lbs, 32 years old, 10 years of experience
Young is getting more and more one dimensional each season, as evidenced by a .665% three-point rate this past season. Yet with the long twos basically all now three-pointers, and going in at a 40.4% rate despite the degree of difficulty of some of them, that's OK. Even played some defence, recording 3.2 defensive win shares, up significantly from 0.1 the previous year. It could of course all just have been a contract year push. Now aged 32, any big contract should be a short one, especially if he's being paid for that level of defence.
Player Plan: Expiring $5,443,918 contract. Take whatever sign-and-trade value there is out there, which is probably nothing but worth asking after. If there isn’t any to be found, a one year contract for a reasonable pay rise would be fine, but he probably wants the security of multiple years that he ought not to get here.
October 7, 2013
So saturated can this market be, however, that anyone can benefit. And even non-competitive teams have done so this summer. The Wizards may have facilitated their playoff push with the overly maligned Al Harrington, who if he can have a clean run of health, surely won’t have lost his ability to score. The Mavericks might have done it twice – in addition to the redeemable Blair, they also returned Devin Harris, whose star may have long burned out but who nevertheless will be one of the better backup point guards in the league. And the Lakers might have done it more than twice – Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, and even Shawne Williams have higher talent levels than their price tags indicate.
October 1, 2013
In the past four NBA seasons, there have been 208 occasions on which a player has scored 40 or more points - regular season and playoffs combined. Fifty-seven players have combined for those 208 outbursts, including such unlikely names such as Luis Scola, C.J. Watson and C.J. Miles.
Most of the players are stars, or were stars at the time. Many still are. But some of those players have fallen from this intermittent grace so badly that they now only earn the minimum salary.
Despite their proven potency, Nick Young, Al Harrington, Anthony Morrow, Aaron Brooks and Michael Beasley are now earning as little as a player can - in the case of Beasley, not one dollar of this minimum is even guaranteed. This was agreed to less than three calendar years from his 42-point game, quite the backwards progression.