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Adventures in offense, featuring Nick Young

Nov 6, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

Ronnie Brew, Kurt Thomas, Nick Young

Nick Young‘s detractors would say that he’s a gunner with a low basketball IQ who shoots without conscience, and without a regard for consequences.

And if they watched even just the first quarter of the Sixers’ blowout loss to the Knicks on Monday, they would likely have sore necks this morning from nodding in agreement with themselves so vigorously.

Young was an offensive disaster to open the game, playing less than six first-quarter minutes off the bench, but managing to jack up seven shots during that span while connecting only once.

Missing shots isn’t the end of the world, if they’re open looks that come within the flow of the offense. But looking at a couple of Young’s possessions, whatever he was doing out there was pretty much the exact opposite of flawless execution.

Twenty seconds into this clip, Young receives the ball on the wing behind the three-point line. In his defense, he was put in a tough situation here with under five seconds left on the shot clock.

But the decision to try to dribble through two defenders and into a third waiting for him in the paint wasn’t wise, and the decision to — what was that, a pass? — wasn’t any wiser. And the desperation heave to end it all was just plain ugly; clearly, Young has seen this Rajon Rondo highlight one too many times.

This next one, though [via EOB] is possibly one of the worst offensive choices in recent memory.

Ten seconds left on the clock, falling out of bounds, and the two words that flash before your eyes are … SHOOT IT?

Nick Young in YOLO mode, at his finest.

  1. mogogo1 - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    That second clip was atrocious. Brett didn’t do it justice with his description. Not just falling out of bounds but he’s facing away from the hoop when he gets it and completely behind the basket. He’s got a teammate three feet away he could have tossed it to and a defender he could have thrown it off of, but he decides shooting over the top of the backboard from 30 feet out is the preferred option?

    • albertmn - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      I would even say he may have been able to come to a stop and catch the ball without going out of bounds, if he didn’t already have his mind made up to try to make some spectacular playing and get on the highlights. He looks more interested in trying to make highlights than in trying to win games.

  2. heathater4lifeson - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Please don’t say YOLO

  3. e39er - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Anybody can shoot in the NBA but being effective is another story….glad the Clippers released him for Jamal Crawford

  4. e39er - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Anybody can shoot in the NBA but being effective is another story….glad the Clippers released him for Jamal Crawford

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