Washington Wizards Midseason Player Evaluation: Nick Young

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 08: Nick Young #1 of the Washington Wizards and Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks go after a loose ball during the first half at Verizon Center on February 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

We've reached the very midway point of the 2011-12 season, which is kind of refreshing given that the All-Star Break usually signifies the 60-percent mark of the year. As such, we'll be running midseason evaluation threads for each player on the team over the next several days. Next up: Nick Young.

TRADITIONAL STATISTICS:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - Nick Young 32 31.2 6.2 15.0 41.0 1.8 4.7 37.3 3.1 3.5 88.4 0.5 2.0 2.5 1.2 1.4 0.7 0.3 2.4 17.2

ADVANCED STATS (via Basketball-Reference | EXPLANATIONS)

  • PER: 14.4
  • Usage rate: 25.8%
  • True Shooting Percentage: 51.1%
  • Assist percentage: 6.8%
  • Turnover percentage: 8%

SHOOTING STATS (via HoopData)

  • AT RIM: 59.4 percent on 64 attempts
  • 3-9 FEET: 22.2 percent on 27 attempts
  • 10-15 FEET: 26.6 percent on 64 attempts
  • 16-23 feet: 44 percent on 187 attempts
  • Threes: 37.5 percent on 160 attempts

PLUS/MINUS NUMBERS (via Basketball Value)

  • ON COURT TEAM OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 97.63 (998 minutes)
  • OFF COURT TEAM OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 96.83 (543 minutes)
  • ON COURT TEAM DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 107.35 (998 minutes
  • OFF COURT TEAM DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 107 (543 minutes)
  • ON-COURT PLUS/MINUS: -9.71 points/100 possessions
  • OFF-COURT PLUS/MINUS: -10.17 points/100 possessions
  • NET RATING: +0.46 points/100 possessions
SYNOPSIS: After starting to become more of a catch-and-shoot player in 2010-11, Young has taken a step back this year, gunning like crazy and forgetting what made him more efficient last year. That Young is the team's best and only perimeter threat should not be used as a feather in his cap, because it only reveals the sad state of his teammates. Young's defense has also fallen off, as his normally sterling on/off defensive plus minus numbers are not there this year, and he hasn't developed into a reliable pick and roll player because he gets trapped too easily and just doesn't see the next pass. He's arguably the most effective backcourt partner to John Wall on the team, but that's only because he's the only one who can hit a spot-up jumper. If he stuck to just doing that, he could be far more effective, but at this point in his career, he's not going to change. Let him play out the string and find a better fit this summer.
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