Every few weeks, our staff writers chime in on the trending topics, rumors and storylines surrounding the Lakers. In this holiday edition of State of the Nation, they answer five questions that will ultimately decide the fate of the Lakers.
How much of a case is Nick Young making for Sixth Man of the Year?
Garrett Garcia // @GarrettGarcia: Nick Young is certainly playing well in his role off the bench. He puts up great scoring numbers and brings an energy that most players don’t have. His case for 6th man is a strong one, but with the likes of Rodney Stuckey also making a case in Detriot Young will will have his hands full.
Oren Levy // @LakersOren: Not much. The last seven sixth man of the year winners came from 50+ win teams. There are other great candidates on winning teams this year like Jamal Crawford, Reggie Jackson, and Manu Ginobili. Young has been great for the Lakers this season, but the team will not win enough games for him to gain serious consideration.
Johnny Navarrette // @JohnnyNav: He’s making a nice case for himself but I think he’ll fall short simply because he is scoring and nothing else. When you look at past 6th Man of the Year winners, they do more than just score. It doesn’t take away from the season he is having though, definitely a bright spot this season and hopefully he calls this home for the years to come.
Jory Dreher // @Jay_Laker: Nick Young is leading all reserves in ppg this season at 15.6ppg and has done everything right to making himself the front runner for 6th man of the year. My only fear is that he will be over looked if the Lakers fail to reach the playoffs.
Belal Abdelfattah // @ItsBelal_A: Nick Young has done a great job of being the one constant on offense for a Laker squad that really doesn’t know who is going to score for them night in and night out. That being said, the 6th Man of the Year is like the MVP, it tends to go to the best 6th man on a title contender, not necessarily to the most deserving player.
Anna Gonda // @AnnaLBG: In a bubble, he’s making a great case! Most of the Lakers’ wins this season would not have come to pass had it not been for Nick Young’s ability to score. In the grand scheme of things, however, his impact would be even greater if the Lakers’ record was better than it is.
Ashkan Kargaran // @aakargaran: Tough to make a case for 6th Man of the Year when your team is struggling and you’re thrust into the starting lineup due to injuries. Jamal Crawford, Reggie Jackson and Mo Williams are all going to finish ahead of Swaggy P.
Robert Benitez // @beeb0: I think Nick Young is definitely in the conversation to win 6th Man of the Year, however, with the Lakers’ current record, it’s hard to see the award going to a player on a sub .500 team.
Melvin Taylor // @MelvinTaylorII: As much as I believe in the swag of Nick Young it would be difficult to do so because he is only assisting the Lakers in scoring. With him being forced into the starting lineup due to injuries that also hurts his case as well. If the team were completely healthy and he still were to produce at this level then the conversation could be opened but since that is not the case he unfortunately does not have one.
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