Nicholas Aaron “Nick” Young (born June 1, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays both shooting guard and small forward positions. Young played college basketball for the USC Trojans and was a two-time first-team all-conference selection in the Pac-10.
Young was selected 16th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2007 NBA draft. He started his first career NBA game on December 15, 2007, against the Sacramento Kings.
On January 9, 2010, Young was fined $10,000 by the Washington Wizards for participating in Gilbert Arenas’ antics before a game on January 5, 2010 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Arenas was being investigated for a prior incident involving guns in the Wizards’ locker room, but made light of the accusations by pointing his finger at his teammates, as if he were shooting them. His teammates were photographed smiling and laughing with him.
Young scored a career-high 43 points on January 11, 2011 against the Sacramento Kings.
On March 15, 2012, Young was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-way trade involving the Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards. Later, on April 16, 2012, he helped the Clippers clinch their first playoff berth in 6 years with a 19-point performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On July 12, 2012, Young signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to a one-year deal.
On July 11, 2013, Young signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. During the 2013–14 season, he converted a Lakers’ record seven four-point plays while averaging career-highs with 17.9 points and 1.5 assists per game.
On July 21, 2014, Young re-signed with Lakers to a reported four-year, $21.5 million contract. During training camp, he suffered a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb, and was expected to miss six to eight weeks. After missing the first ten games of the season with the injury, Young made his season debut on November 18 against the Atlanta Hawks, recording 17 points and 5 rebounds in a 114–109 win. On December 12, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 112–110 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Career highlights and awards
2× First-team All-Pac-10 (2006, 2007)