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Explain One Play: Nick Young is Swaggy *D*

Video analysis of Nick Young’s defense, playmaking and swagging in the Timberwolves-Warriors game on Nov 8, 2017.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors
Look, I’m defending! I’m really defending!!
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Nick Young has been in Steve Kerr’s doghouse for coming to Warriors camp out of shape, being confused in the team’s offensive scheme, and generally mystified in the defensive scheme. Last night was his best GSW game, logging +9 in his playing time. His previous games with more than 10 minutes play were: HOU (-10), NOP (-1), DAL (+6 in a huge blowout), DET (-16), DEN (+1). So Young has not been effective on court until now.

Here’s a video analyzing Nick Young’s defense, playmaking and, yes, offensive swaggery.

Nick Young is Swaggy *D* with defense and passes

Nick Young became Swaggy *D* last night, with defense and passing. Is it a trend?

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Thursday, November 9, 2017

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He played with intensity on defense, and showed a willingness to pass, though perhaps his numbers were enhanced by some luck and being the last one to touch the ball before Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry shot.

Is it sustainable? Not sure about the results, but the attitude can be sustained if Nick Young commits fully to being Swaggy *D* hereafter.


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What is the correct nickname for Nick Young?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Swaggy P
    (271 votes)
  • 30%
    We're not calling him Swaggy P. His name's Nick Young.
    (194 votes)
  • 4%
    Rico Swaggy
    (29 votes)
  • 21%
    Swaggy D
    (138 votes)
  • 2%
    something else more dignified (in comments)
    (13 votes)
645 votes total Vote Now

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