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Nick Young's true potential and ceiling

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Nick Young's true potential and ceiling

I live no where near Washington so I don't get to watch Young often. But I'm curious, what will be his highest ceiling and what former or current NBA player does he compare favorably to? This is his 4th season, he's 25 years old, and is having a breakout season so far. I'm curious to know how much better he's going to be.


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His ceiling is Richard

His ceiling is Richard Hamilton in his prime I'd say. Right now he's similar to J.R. Smith, except even more likely to settle for the jumper than to finish at the rim. I don't see him getting to Hamilton's level because he's still not quite the smartest player or the most well-rounded. The way he's playing now is probably the best he'll be. A one-dimensional and exciting scorer who can light up the scoreboard and is mediocre or below at everything else. He would make a perfect 6th man on a good team, but with Washington he's depended on for more scoring than he probably would be on a good team.

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I think that with the

I think that with the adequate and good minutes he will be getting, he can be very good and very productive. At worst about 15 point per game type of guy with a biger ceiling. I think he will hit his stride now that gilbert is gone and become more of a well known name

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He is better than virtually

He is better than virtually everyone thinks.

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He's done nothing his entire

He's done nothing his entire career and now people are excited because he's putting up numbers on a losing team. He's offensively talented, but I still don't think he's that good. He's giving more effort defending on the ball this season, but he's still a weak defender overall. He's terrible on rotations/team defense and seems to lack general focus/awareness defending off of the ball.

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I agree with everything Iggy

I agree with everything Iggy said. He is similar to J.R. Smith right now, but can become like Richard Hamilton. He's playing the Rip Hamilton role right now to is Washington because he's mainly coming off screens and catching & shooting. He has broken out this season. He's improve his defense a lot. He's arguably the Wizards best perimeter defender right now. He's a great scorer, but he's SUPER one-dimesional and won't contibute much else except scoring. He doesn't pass, rebound, or get steals at a high rate. There are a lot of nights where he'll score a lot of points, but he'll have 0 rebounds, 0 assists, and 0 steals. He also should be getting to the free-throw line at a higher rate considering his quickness and athleticism.

I do think that his highest upside is as a 6th man on a good team. That's not a bad thing though. The only reason why he's starting now is because Gilbert Arenas was traded and before the trade, he was doing great off the bench. I hope that the Wizards can trade for a SG like O.J. Mayo or acquire a SG through the draft so that Nick can be our 6th man of the future.

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I agree with both JNixon and

I agree with both JNixon and Indiana. He's LITERALLY a one dimensional scorer who is really only good at shooting, has been praised for being a better defender by the coach this year, but overall he's still average/slighty below. I like the J.R. comparison best, though when J.R. is playing controlled, he's a much more dynamic player who can shoot/drive/handle the ball/and make plays for others. While J.R. is also still just an average defensive player, he always gets down and into it against the Kobe/Wade/Gino type big names.

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Iggy/Nixon I said the same thing about him being a 6th man

On a good team and got negatives. lol. I agree on everything you said

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From what i've seen

All he can do is score, he's a liability at really everything else aside from scoring... from what i've seen, but he does have the potential to be better, i just don't see him being too much better, but better...

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He really needs to learn how

He really needs to learn how to pass the ball, the ball gets to him and all he sees is the rim

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He can shoot....thats about

He can shoot....thats about it, he has a medicore handle, cannot really finish at the rim well, is a below average defender. He will get minutes in Washington but he would be better utilized as a bench player who can come in and knock down shots and give you some offense off the bench. Unless he can really prove to be more then just a guy who can shoot, I do not really see him being a solid starter on a winning team.

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I never understood people

I never understood people saying he would come off the bench on a good team...You might as well just say he should come off the bench if you want your team to be good.

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"I never understood people

"I never understood people saying he would come off the bench on a good team...You might as well just say he should come off the bench if you want your team to be good."

What difference does it makes lol?

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name 10 players with Young's offensive potential

He's a cheap 15 to 20 scorer. U just have to keep him in check. There ain't 10 young players that can get as hot as Nick Young. Every team wants a guy like this. They just don't want to pay to much for them in contracts and wins/loses

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u are exactly right. There are few guys who can get hot in the league and put straight shots in and nick young is def 1 of them. While everyone is right about what they are saying hes still a scorer u dont see often that everyone wants on their squad. The jazz could surely use someone like young. His problem is hes immature. I thought kobe had never seen a bad shot but nick young will shoot with the entire 12 man roster guarding him and think its fine

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